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In Politics It’s See No Evil, Know No Evil

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Have you ever noticed how potentially controversial stories always seem to come out on Fridays, and especially holiday weekends? Okay, maybe this one isn’t all that controversial, more humorous is a better adjective. It seems that President Obama, like most presidents decided to commute sentences on eight convicted drug criminals. A little different perhaps than commuting the sentence of a Thanksgiving turkey or two, but a commutation none the less.

Why is this humorous? It seems one of the convicted crack cocaine dealers serving a life sentence was Reynolds Wintersmith. No, it probably isn’t a name you recognize but it seems Mr. Wintersmith is a first cousin of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. And even this in itself may not be all that humorous until you look at the comment the governor said to the Boston Globe claiming he can’t ever recall meeting the young lad. Eerily similar to another relative of a person in a powerful public office who claimed he never met his uncle, wouldn’t you say? Of course we are referring to Onyango “Omar” Obama the uncle of another Obama who has lived in this country illegally for decades. It seems the more famous Obama, first name Barack, made this same comment about Uncle Omar claiming he never met him. Of course after Uncle Omar was made a legal citizen by a federal judge, he claimed his nephew stayed with him for a time while Barry was in college.

Why is it politicians seem to forget their relatives whenever they are connected to some nefarious or illegal activity? The reason for the commutation was President Obama thought the sentences were too harsh; each was given a life sentence. Since they were incarcerated sentencing guidelines have changed and these crack dealers would have been given lesser sentences. We certainly can’t complain about this, a life sentence is a little harsh for dealing crack, but it sure is interesting how one is connected to Patrick, one of Obama’s best buddies.

While Patrick may deny knowing Wintersmith he has never denied knowing another convicted felon, Benjamin LaGuer. Patrick had corresponded with LaGeur and even donated money to help him try to overturn his conviction for raping a 59 year old woman. The case was not overturned and LaGuer remains in jail. Unfortunately for Patrick’s opponent in the 2006 gubernatorial election, Kerry Healey, the negative ads her campaign ran using the LaGuer and Patrick connection backfired and Patrick was elected to his first term as Governor and reelected in 2010. Spending and taxes have increased ever since.

Commentary by Paul Roy.

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