(National Sentinel)Â Rule of No Law: Every successful country and civil society operates under the rule of law, and while it’s become obvious that under the Obama administration there were two sets of laws — one for ‘them’ and one for the rest of us — for the most part our system works.
But if you’re a former Democratic congressman from Chicago, enforcing laws after you willingly and knowingly broke them is “racist.”
And it’s a reason for you to “give up” on your country.
As reported byÂ Fox News, former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who served only two years (1993-1995) before his first conviction for sleeping with a 16-year-old-campaign worker, has just been sentenced again to six months in prison for failing to pay taxes on more than $400,000 he received for consulting work.
At his sentencing, Reynolds was also dressed down by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman, who told Reynolds he remembers thinking to himself that the former congressman held great promise once upon a time.
â€œIt’s a tragedy that you squandered the opportunities you had and the type of person you could have become,” Gettleman said of the Harvard grad.
In 1995 Reynolds was succeeded by Jessie Jackson Jr., who also spent time in prison.
Fox News noted further:
Acting as his own attorney, Reynolds argued it was unfair to give too much weight to his prior convictions, from the 1990s, in calculating a sentence for his conviction at a bench trial last year on four misdemeanor counts of not filing tax returns.
Prosecutors say the undeclared income was money made consulting for Chicago businessmen in Zimbabwe,Â the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
In 1995, Reynolds was convicted of statutory rape for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker. Later, he was convicted of concealing debts and diverting money meant for voter registration drives into his election campaign.
â€œThe question is, How long does a person have to pay for mistakes?” Reynolds asked about the older crimes.
Besides attending Harvard, Reynolds also served in the U.S. military and raised three kids.
But that doesn’t give him — or anyone else — license to break the law.
Reynolds, who has already served about two months behind bars, argued that he shouldn’t have to spend any more time in prison, that the right sentence should be probation.
So he wants to be the lawbreaker, the defendant,Â andÂ the judge.
â€œTo put me in jail serves what purpose?â€ he asked the judge. â€œTo teach me a lesson? … I’ve been taught about this racist society … every day of my life.â€
Prosecutor Georgia Alexakis had asked for at least two years behind bars, citing what she described as Reynolds’ decades-long pattern of flouting the law. The maximum sentence he could have received was four years.
â€œThere are aspects of the defendant’s life that are … laudatory,â€ she said. â€œBut the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.â€
He got six months.
Outside the courtroom, Reynolds — who will report to prison soon — was asked by reporters what he’ll do once he’s free again.
â€œI’m going home to Africa,” he said. “I’ve given up on America because how long do African-Americans put up with this nonsense?â€
Being required to obey the law, which includes paying taxes on earned income, isn’t “nonsense.”
But hey, if lawlessness is your thing, there are plenty of African nations where lawlessness exists, so you’ll have your pick.
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