May 16, 2013
"I just received the following note from my generous Daddy. Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide." —President John F. Kennedy
The following paragraphs outline a story about blatant, in-your-face political corruption, racketeering, graft and fraud by former President Clinton, Obama, the Obama Administration, along with Obama appointees in the Justice and Agriculture Departments and certain members of Congress that included a scheme to buy off Black, Latino, Indian and women farmers for their votes with your tax money, for alleged racial discrimination by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is a story of unbelievable twists, turns, corruption and graft at the highest levels of government.
Andrew Breitbart actually broke the story several months ago but he was vilified by the press and those belonging to the Donkey party, as being a bigot, a racist and a sloppy reporter that was loose with the facts. It turns out that Breitbart was uncannily accurate, as proved out by a 5,000 word expose' on the front page of the New York Times on April 25, 2013 ..... the New York Times mind you, no friend of conservative issues! Read the article. You won't believe that your government could be this reckless with your money!
The case started back in 1997 with a lawsuit by one Timothy Pigford against the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for racial discrimination between the years 1983 and 1997. (see: Pigford v. Glickman) The case became a class action and rose quickly to 2,000 Black farmers that claimed racial discrimination against USDA for withholding loans based on race alone. However, two government reports showed that racial discrimination was not systemic in USDA and that Black farmers only showed a slightly higher incidence of discrimination over White farmers. Yes, the report showed White discrimination as well as Black discrimination.
Early on in the Pigford payoff scandal, it was reported that President Clinton ordered USDA to pay 60% of the Black farmer claims and reject 40% of the claims as a template for the payouts. President Clinton also suggested a payout amount of $50,000 to Black farmers and that became the standard. No wonder he was labeled the first "Black" president.
After the initial payouts to Black farmers, Senator Menendez, a Hispanic senator, and other sympathetic Democratic senators in September of 2009 cried foul and said that Hispanic farmers were also discriminated against and should be compensated as well. Menendez wanted the same payout for Hispanic farmers who had been allegedly discriminated against by USDA. With such a large payout for alleged discrimination, claim filers, Black and Latino, crawled out of the woodwork to get their share of the loot. In one county alone, claims filed were four times the number of farmers in the county.
It got worse from there. Women and Indian farmers suddenly showed up on the scene and said they were discriminated against too and they wanted an ill-gotten piece of illegal government generosity. $760,000,000 was allocated for Indian farmers alone.
Even though the U. S. Supreme Court ruled against most of these cases, after Obama was elected president in 2008, his Administration and political appointees in the Justice Department and USDA set aside $1.33 billion for payouts to farmers making discrimination claims. But here's the rub. All Black, Latino, Indian and Women farmers had to do was to file a claim to reap their reward. They didn't have to provide the slightest evidence or proof of discrimination. The rationale was that paying them off (and that is what they did) was cheaper than fighting multiple Class Action lawsuits and it made good political sense, especially with the 2012 presidential election looming in the distance. Except that, legal scholars and some attorneys in the case stated multiple times that such Class Action lawsuits had no chance to prevail.
Pigford and his class of Black farmers sued USDA again, once in 2002 and then again in 2005, requesting a modification to the 1999 U. S. Supreme Court Settlement agreement. In an arrogant move rarely seen, the Black “class” wanted their lead class counsel disqualified and they wanted more money from the government. However, by 2005, 13,500 Black farmers had already received $830,000,000 from the government, which works out to over $61,000 per Black farmer. They had the audacity and unmitigated gall to ask for more of your money.
Unilateral political decisions by Obama's White House, the Justice Department, USDA and Democrat and Republican members of Congress were made to buy off these farmers of alleged discrimination, in spite of negative decisions by the U. S. Supreme Court against these types of racial discrimination claims. According to the New York Times article, the government is now on the hook for an estimated 90,000 Black, Latino, Indian and Women farmers, to the tune of $4.5 billion of your dollars. Most of these farmers cannot prove discrimination and a large share of them are not even farmers. Many of the claims were filed in the names of children by relatives. Many claims were filed using inner city addresses and from apartment buildings.
Under the Pigford Class Action lawsuit and further extensions of its application to certain minorities, there were time limits for filing claims. President Obama, his administration, the Justice Department, USDA and members of Congress moved repeatedly to keep extending the filing dates so that more Blacks, Latinos, Indians and Women could take advantage of the undocumented, illegal payoffs. Attorneys on both sides of the Pigford scandal reaped profits exceeding $130,000,000.
For Obama, his Administration and the Justice Department, USDA and certain members of Congress to agree to payout huge sums of money to undeserving people of limited character and honesty without any legal basis, can only be construed as stealing our tax money to buy votes. Grand theft is woefully inadequate to describe what Clinton, Obama and the Obama administration have done with your money. Collusion, racketeering and fraud on a national scale for political gain is what it is, pure and simple. These are the same types of crimes perpetrated by the U. S. Department of Energy in dolling out multi-million dollar grants and loans to wind and solar companies (friends of Obama) whose business model had no chance of success. Government might just as well as have set fire to those millions in a grand conflagration and arrogantly invited the taxpayers to the event to see what is being done with their money.
We believe that these crimes by our government cannot go unpunished. If three corporations, or three individuals, had done what Clinton and Obama and their "crews" did, the officers of the corporations, or the individuals would go to jail for a very long time and as well they should.
We have grown tired and weary of the government using our money as a tool to maintain political power and watching them get away with it. If the people don't take action against the criminals who did this, it only emboldens others in government to do the same. This kind of political corruption is systemic in government and has to stop. It's almost like a disease with no known cure but there is a cure if the people will just act. It is our goal is to be doers, not watchers.
To that end we intend to file a formal criminal complaint with the FBI against former President Clinton, President Obama, certain officers of the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice, the USDA and certain members of Congress, alleging collusion, racketeering, grand theft, fraud, malfeasance, misfeasance and violation of their constitutional oath for political gain. In the complaint we will be naming specific agencies and department heads in those branches of the federal government that were involved in the illegal scheme to buy votes. We will also file the FBI criminal complaint with certain members of the print, radio and TV media that in our judgment will give the issue space and/or time. In addition, we will send a copy of the complaint to those agencies and individuals named therein.
Now we don't hold out much hope that the FBI will actually do anything with our complaint because when it comes to government, the FBI is just the Fox guarding the Hen House. But by doing so, we will shine a brighter light on what government is doing with our money in overt and covert acts of criminal negligence and corruption. If one or more of our readers would like to sign the complaint, send us an e-mail at email@example.com and we will forward you a copy of the complaint by return e-mail when it is done, so that you can read it and then sign it if you determine you want to take part. We will also post a copy of our FBI complaint on the NARLO website in PDF format when it is completed and can be downloaded from the site here. The more people that sign the complaint, the greater its impact.
Ladies and gentlemen, unless there are consequences for politicians, or the directors of bureaucracies, this type of corrupt behavior using our tax money to illegally buy off constituency groups for votes will continue well into the future and only get worse. It is our goal to take specific actions and start holding these politicians and bureaucracy department heads accountable in the hopes that we can put at least a small dent in political corruption.
We are well aware that by taking this stand we will be called racists, bigots and nasty things will be written and said about us, just like they did to Andrew Breitbart. But quite frankly we are tired of taking the heat for alleged minorities that consider themselves victims (thanks to the government) and demand that productive Americans pay for their perceived suffering! Now if you are Black, a Latino, Indian, or a women looking for a free handout from the rest of us that you don't deserve and you take offense to what we have said here, we strongly suggest you start taking responsibility for your own lives and quit asking productive Americans, White or otherwise, urban or rural, to pay for your inadequacies. If you are a self-supporting, self-reliant, responsible Black, Latino, Indian, or a woman, you should be just as angered as we were when we learned of the Pigford Class Action lawsuit scandal where the government is buying off minorities with your money ..... for their votes.
If you are not angry yet by what we have written here, then we strongly urge you to read the New York Times article we have linked above, if you haven’t already. After reading the article and you still aren't outraged, then it is obvious that the job of reclaiming freedom in America cannot expect any help from you.
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"If the government does not obey the law and determines it is above the law, then America under the rule of law, no longer exists. The people will become slaves to government tyranny and anarchy or revolution can be America’s only future." —Ron Ewart
NOTE: Please take note of the fact that we never once used the terms African-American, Latino-American, or Native American anywhere in this article and there is a reason. We then would have to call ourselves an American-American, or as an alternative, a European-American and of course one can see that is ridiculous since we were born in America 75 years ago and thus the only appropriate term is "American." There is a high probability that most Blacks, legal Hispanics and Indians were also born in America and are thus Americans as well. Hyphenated ethnic names only serve to divide all Americans and that is exactly what government wants to do, keep us divided and our attention on each other instead of on the government, where are collective attention belongs.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached by e-mail for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.