Glenn Beck is a polarizing figure. You either love him or you hate him. One thing that Glenn Beck is not – is stupid.
Many years ago, Beck identified George Soros as a man to keep our eyes on. From pushing the “global warming” hoax to dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into getting progressive Democrats elected nationally, Soros has had his hands in everything. One area that has flown under the radar is Soros’ attempt to turn the criminal justice system on its head.
As far back as 2016, Soros was investing his rather sizable fortune into getting prosecutors, district attorneys, and attorneys general elected that share his progressive anti-police, pro-criminal agenda.
That year, Soros dumped millions of dollars into more than a dozen district attorney campaigns nationwide. That total actually surpassed the total moneys spent on the 2016 presidential race except for but a handful of rival super-donors, according to a story in Politico.
For example, Peter Weir, the District Attorney for Jefferson and Galpin Counties, Colorado had over $1.3 million spent against him in ads which were purchased using Soros’ money. In the case of Weir, he was able to overcome Soros’ deep pockets.
Soros has been targeting these races nationally, where he funds political action committees that pour huge sums of cash, often times at the last minute, to elect candidates that share his political and social justice agenda, in particular those which oppose incarceration.
We are now seeing Democratic presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren suggesting a virtual elimination of incarceration as a means of criminal justice. One could assume that Soros’ money may be driving that as well.
Indeed across the United States, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia,
and Rachael Rollins in Suffolk County (Boston) were all beneficiaries of Soros’ cash. All three of these District Attorneys have thrown down with criminals, in some cases refusing to prosecute so-called “minor” crimes such as shoplifting and low-level drug offenses. And all three have drawn outrage from law enforcement authorities, as well as crime victims for their soft-on-crime approach to criminal justice.
Recently, Boudin “suspended” the prosecution of a suspect who assaulted two San Francisco police officers, who subsequently had to use deadly physical force on the suspect. While the suspect survived, Boudin actually intimated that the officer(s) could face “criminal prosecution” for using force against a suspect who was assaulting one of them with a dangerous/deadly weapon. The move outraged the officers of the SFPD, who slammed Boudin for suspending prosecution of the suspect.
Boudin also recently announced the elimination of cash bail, saying that whether defendants remain incarcerated will be based on the risk to public safety instead of how much money they can collect to pay bail.
“For years I’ve been fighting to end this discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention,” Boudin said in a statement. “From this point forward, pretrial detention will be based on public safety, not on wealth.”
In the past, district attorney elections were somewhat insignificant elections which were more focused on personal qualifications and were financed locally. While DA’s could set local policy, they were bound to follow state law or ballot initiative.
DA Weir, who was nearly the victim of Soros cash, says that Soros has now identified local district attorney’s offices as an area where he can have the legislative process bypassed, where he can get candidates elected that support Soros’ political agenda and social views. These candidates basically agree, albeit tacitly, not to enforce laws with which they personally disagree.
Currently, there is a candidate for district attorney in San Diego County, California whom Soros is backing. This candidate has promised “not to enforce what we call the quality of life offenses” with which she disagrees.
In Florida, Soros funded District Attorney Aramais Ayala has said that she would refuse to seek the death penalty for any case prosecuted by her office.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, promptly had all pending death penalty cases removed from her office, a move which was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, which said that Ayala’s decision “does not reflect an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, it embodies, at best, a misunderstanding of Florida law.”
This folks, is why we say, “elections have consequences.”
In yet another area where Soros’ grubby fingerprints are all over it, district attorneys are purging their offices. While some DDA’s enjoy protection either by civil service or collective bargaining units, there are jurisdictions where that protection does not exist. In those locations, Soros funded DA’s are “changing the culture” in their offices and more so, sending messages to remaining DDA’s that their jobs are basically subject to the political whims of the newly elected DA.
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For example, in Philadelphia, Soros’ puppet Larry Krasner fired 31 DDA’s in his first week in office; nearly one-third of those terminated were in the homicide unit and included a prosecutor who was supposed to begin a murder trial the following Monday. When he asked to remain to complete the trial, he was refused.
In Houston, Soros’ financed Kim Ogg fired 37 veteran prosecutors in order to pursue a “culture change” in the office. Ironically, Ogg had attacked Soros for supporting her primary opponent before she apparently realized her “mistake” and accepted over half a million dollars from him in the general election. Funny how a little bit of money can have that effect on someone.
The aforementioned Chesa Boudin in San Francisco fired seven prosecuting attorneys just two days into his tenure. Boudin noted the “progressive policies” he campaigned on in terminating the attorneys.
“I had to make difficult staffing decisions [Friday] in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco,” Boudin said in a statement.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that some of the attorneys would be pursing legal action against Boudin.
Of course, all of these social justice warriors are anti- “mass incarceration.” However, if one zeroes in on California and examines the composition of the prison population, there is an interesting comparison. In 2008, 71% of state prison inmates in California were serving time for a violent, serious or sexual offense; fast forward to 2016, 91% of state prison inmates in the state were serving time for violent, serious or sexual offenses.
Call us skeptics, but honestly, where is there room in the above number to release a significant number of “non-violent” inmates when 91% of the inmates in California alone are locked up for violent offenses?
Peter Weir summed it up brilliantly when speaking of Soros’ attempt to buy the criminal justice system.
“To see some east coast billionaire who has no idea of local interests acceding to a radical reform agenda at the expense of our democratic process is incredibly dangerous.”
Amen, Mr. Weir.