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Saturday, President Trump gave the keynote speech at CPAC (see Vintage Trump Speaks at CPAC, Delivers a Mixed Bag). Part of the speech included this line.
in 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today I add I am your Warrior, I am your Justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.
Immediately panties were wadded, and sand rubbed into sensitive orifices. Sunday, on CNN’s State of the Union, which may or may not have a measurable audience, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson had this to say about the speech.
Well, it’s troubling. First of all, if you want to heal our land and unite our country together, you don’t do it by appealing to the angry mob. And that’s true whether you’re talking about an angry mob from the left or the right.
Mark Houck, you’ll recall, is the man whose home was hit by a pre-dawn raid by an FBI/Pennsylvania State Police SWAT team. Holding his wife and six children at gunpoint, Federal agents arrested Mr. Houck on a specious charge of violating the Free Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, handcuffed him, and held him in a confinement facility for nearly 12 hours. Though the charges made him vulnerable to 11 years in prison, he was released on his own recognizance. This all happened after the far-left, handpicked Soros prosecutor in Philadelphia declined to prosecute the case when it was presented to him. A federal jury later acquitted Mr. Houck after a whole hour of deliberations.
RedState has covered Mr. Houck’s story (FBI Agents Raid Home of Pro-Life Author With Guns Drawn in Front of His Screaming Kids, New Details of Outrageous FBI Raid on Catholic Activist Mark Houck Shock the Conscience, Justice Department Policy Targets Pro-Life Activists Because Biden Official Has Butthurt Over Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision, The DOJ Has Some Explaining to Do After Video Used to Prosecute Pro-Lifer Is Released, and Federal Jury Blows up Biden Administration Persecution of Pro-Life American Raided by the FBI).
To all appearances, the handling of this arrest, after Mr. Houck’s attorney contacted the US Attorney to arrange for Mr. Houck to surrender himself, seems to violate FBI regulations. Just as the indictment of Mr. Houck was carried out maliciously to penalize him financially and potentially with jail time for engaging in protected speech, the raid seems a calculated attempt to intimidate pro-lifers and “chill” (as the left likes to say) all protests against abortion.
Mr. Houck, and dozens more like him, have been wronged and betrayed by their government. In that context, there is nothing dark about Trump’s speech. On the contrary, it is the essence of justice. Retributive justice. It isn’t enough that victims are made whole. Criminals must be punished to deter them from future wrongdoing and to set an example for society that justice prevails and to other potential criminals about what comes next.