—The Marshall Project, in its analysis of President Biden’s much ballyhooed mass pardon for people convicted of federal marijuana possession, heralded in the news media as the largest act of clemency in a generation.
Weeell, that wasn’t exactly true, was it? As the Marshall Project analysis explains, while the act may have symbolic force in prompting some states to extend clemency to pot violators, and while at the federal level there aboutt 6,500 people with prior marijuana possession convictions on their records may benefit from the pardon by restoring civic rights like voting, or serving on juries, but only if the marijuana charge was the only felony on their record.
In short, the grand gesture, a sop to the Democratic Party’s drug-loving base, was pure deceit, misleading the public to believe it was something it was not to a ridiculous degree. The way the mainstream media played it, the President was letting harmless, non-violent offenders out of prison and addressing “over-incarceration.” In realty, the “mass pardon” released nobody.A responsible, ethical news media would have clarified that from the beginning.
I have never seen, nor do I believe there has ever been, a President and an administration so devoted to Big Lies, misrepresentations, denials of reality and deceit as this one, a particularly nauseating development since Biden came into office promising transparency and a reversal of the policy of “lies” Democrats claimed emanated from the Trump White House.
The Biden administration makes Donald Trump look like a combination of George Washington and Honest Abe by comparison. A “mass pardon” that will let nobody out of jail is the perfect signature this gang of fakes, who claim that inflation is fleeting, that their energy policy has had no effect on gas prices, that the border is “secure,” that Hunter Biden is fine young man and that it is the other party, the one not holding political show trials, that is “a threat to democracy.”
I guess it’s not really funny, but the Marshall Project’s quote did make me laugh out loud.