Saturday, April 9, 2016

On the Fact That Bernie Sanders Plunders More Private Property From US Citizens Through Civil Asset Forfeiture Than Burglars Do

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/law-enforcement-now-seizes-more-property-from-citizens-than-burglars/

Sure, it isn't that asshole Bernie Sanders solely who is engaged in this plundering. Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank are the other two participants in this trio of greedy thieves who are good at plundering. With these 3 individuals in office (who, if you look at the fine-print of their progressive mission-statement it reads, "except when the oppressor is the state") no lockbox is safe.

Yes, some of the people targeted are criminals but a lot of them aren't (shopkeepers who don't take credit cards and who only accept cash, for example), and none of them are ever presumed innocent. Of course, the real scary thing here is that the problem may even be worse than this.

According to the libertarian Institute for Justice (the ONLY people who give a damn about this injustice), a) state and local police forces are also abusing this practise and b) a lot of the stolen property (yeah, that's what I call it) ends up off the books and so the tally may in fact be much higher.

Oh, and most of the people being hurt by this; yeah, they tend to be poor and working class. Yet another huge blind-spot for the supposed social-justice warrior Bernie Sanders! Which is why I say, fuck you Bernie!

Of course, some of Comrade Sanders supporters might point to the following page from his website, but I say do not let the following fool you.

An Excerpt from the Bernie Sanders "Racial Justice Page": In many cities all over our country, the incentives for policing are upside down. Departments are bringing in substantial sums of revenue by seizing the personal property of people who are suspected of criminal involvement. So-called civil asset forfeiture laws allow police to take property from people even before they are charged with a crime, much less convicted of one. Even worse, the system works in a way that makes it very difficult and expensive for an innocent person to get his or her property back. We must end programs that actually reward officials for seizing assets without a criminal conviction or other lawful mandate. Departments and officers should not profit off of such seizures.

Local governments that rely on tickets and fines to pay bills can become dependent on implicit quotas for law enforcement. When policing is a source of revenue tied to the financial sustainability of agencies, officers are pressured to meet internal goals which can lead to unnecessary or unlawful traffic stops and citations which disproportionately affect people of color. Implicit quota systems promote racial stereotyping and breed distrust between officers and communities of color. (link).

Sounds good, huh? But I'll tell you what my problem is with this page, which is that Sanders addresses civil asset forfeiture in the context of "racial justice", as if "Whitey" has never been subjected to this State crime! Yeah, and Comrade Sanders put this in his platform due to pressure from the extremist group "Black Lives Matter" (the group that has the AUDACITY to blame Black deaths on law enforcement, when the FACT is that it's Black on Black violence that is the cause of most Black deaths)!!

Which is how I know that Bernie (on this matter) is a fucking liar (in addition to being a liar on MANY other issues). He's only pandering to BLM, and the fucker isn't really interested in doing squat regarding civil asset thievery. If he was, why not propose legislation RIGHT NOW? Why can he only do this if elected president? Don't fall for Comrade Sanders' lies, people!

Byline: This outraged commentary was authored by Willis "I Love Strawmen" Hart. Purveyor of unfacts. LLIN-218.

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