A response to Kelly Scoles "Second Opinion"

Hi again Kelly,
Your column this week is a response to a letter from Patti Walker which came in last week. It's great to hear from more readers, and I will keep my comments shorter than usual.

I would not refer to those jailed on account of the Jan. 6 Capital riot as "marauding criminals" before they have been convicted of crimes. "Only around one-tenth of those arrested—71 individuals—have received criminal sentences... while the rest are waiting for their trials..." According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

"So far, the median prison sentence for the Jan. 6 rioters is 45 days. An additional 18 rioters have been sentenced to periods of home detention, while most sentences have included fines, community service and probation for low-level offenses like illegally parading or demonstrating in the Capitol, which is a misdemeanor." (Time)
One man "was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison—the longest sentence given to anyone charged in the Jan. 6 riot. His plea agreement originally called for a 46 to 57 month sentence, but it was increased to 63 months after he wrote on his fundraising website that he had acted in self-defense, contradicting his earlier comments in court..."

You should care that they are being held in solitary confinement for more than a year pending trial (or even charges). What about the Sixth Amendment: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district ..." "FBI Director Christopher Wray has called [this]"domestic terrorism," [which] touched off a sprawling federal investigation." "...the investigation has been national in scope, involving agents and prosecutors from nearly all 56 FBI field offices and 94 U.S. attorney's offices around the country." I have to ask where in the hell were these guys during the 5 months of BLM and Antifa true insurrection. Not one arsonist or murderer arrested!

Kelly, you describe those alleged "domestic terrorists" as "typically white, male Christians who are deeply distrustful of the federal government..." Would you describe the BLM and Antifa arsonists and murderers as "domestic terrorists" as well? After all, they did burn down homes and businesses (and police stations, and churches) to the tune of $2-billion. Are there any non-white domestic terrorists in America? Or might it be genetically white? I begin to smell some racism here.

Having to rebut your continual denial of the truth of certified, proven facts wears me down, making my assertions pointless, and causes me to wonder just what unimpeachable standard you would acknowledge. For example, would you now agree that no firearms were found in the Jan.6 Capitol break-in? Would you agree that the FBI found no conspiracy to attack the Capitol, if I assert: "Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump? (Reuters)." And "The FBI has reportedly found no evidence that far-right allies of Donald Trump conspired to overturn the presidential election during the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, according to law enforcement officers briefed on the investigation." (Reuters). Can we agree on these facts? If so then there is hope for this dialogue.

By the way, it is undisputed that the Founders, to a man (and woman) were "deeply distrustful of the federal government." That's why they added those glorious Amendments. They had in mind people like James Comey, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Robert Mueller, John Podesta, Sally Yates, (little) Adam Schiff, Christopher Steele, Rod Rosenstein, Hillary Clinton, Loretta E. Lynch, Lloyd Austin, Christopher Wray, Pete Buttigieg, Jennifer Granholm, Alejandro Mayorkas, James Mattis, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson, Merrick Garland, Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Hunter Biden - and extended family. Sorry, I've run out of space.

The Founders knew all of these types of treacherous citizens, many perjurers, hypocrites for hire, were all self-seeking egos. Some, like Hunter Biden, are so extraordinarily vile its difficult for normal citizens to understand the magnitude of the menace.

During his entire presidency, Trump was sabotaged from every side by these political shipworms. If he runs again, he will quickly recognize this same threatening Dantesque treachery from the Ninth Circle of our Capitol.