Last month, Republicans in the Alabama state senate introduced a bill to require due process before police can seize property from a suspected criminal. Under current law, property can be seized without any charges, and in order to have the seized property returned, the defendant must prove their innocence.
In response, both the Alabama Sheriffs Association and Alabama District Attorney’s Association made their strong opposition to the measure well known in an op-ed. In the op-ed, it is continually claimed that civil asset forfeiture is simply about stopping criminals, and that creating a due process requirement would hinder law enforcement’s ability to stop drug dealers.
Right off the bat, the od-ed makes that claim that law enforcement only uses civil asset forfeiture to go after criminals, when that is laughably false, and Doug Valeska of Dothan, AL is proof of that. Valeska had over $25,000 seized from his small car dealership because a drug dealer bought cars from him.
The money seized from Valeska was obtained with absolutely zero evidence of him being involved in any illegal activity. The excuse given was that because the cars were bought with drug money, Valeska was somehow engaged in money laundering.
In the entire op-ed, the words “due process” were only mentioned once, right at the end, where it is claimed that civil asset forfeiture already has due process, without providing any actual proof.
This op-ed makes it clear that the top-brass of Alabama’s law enforcement are desperate to hold onto their ability to steal from their own citizens. It does bring in a pretty penny though, $2.2 million in 2015.
President Trump Announces New 1776 Commission to Promote Patriotic Education in Nation’s Schools
An alternative to leftist brainwashing.
President Donald Trump announced the formation of a new ‘1776 Commission’ during a speech at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, creating a new commission that will work to instill principles of patriotic and pro-American education in defiance to left-wing school and university systems.
The President spoke of the need for the new commission in light of the vision championed by the cultural left, citing the New York Times’ 1619 Project and ‘critical race theory’ anti-white teachings pervasive throughout Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies. (The President issued an executive order banning critical race theory brainwashing at the beginning of the month.)
The 1776 Commission will work to promote patriotic education and defend American heritage and character. It’s likely the organization will create curriculum that celebrates the American legacy, as leftists in public school and university systems work relentlessly to attack it.
“Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” Trump said of the Commission’s goals. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
“These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations,” Trump said. “Whether it is the mob in the street or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: To silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.”
“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” the president continued.
The President understands that conservatives and patriots must fight for cultural power as they do for political power, an pressing priority for conservatives who desire to fight back against the cultural left’s domination of the educational world.
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