As the nation remains in prayer for the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after the Arizona shooting on Saturday and in mourning for those killed, including the 9yr old granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green, the mainstream media has glazed over one of the dead. Among those killed was Federal Judge John McCarthy Roll who was the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Judge Roll was a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and had presided over a number of pro-gun cases in which he issued rulings that favored gun owners or struck down federal gun crackdowns as illegal. Friday Jan. 7th, Judge Roll issued a “preliminary ruling” in a case titled “United States of America v. $333,520.00 in United States Currency et al” [Case Number: 4:2010cv00703 Filed: November 30, 2010] wherein he stated he was preparing to rule against President Obama’s power to seize American citizens money without clear and convincing evidence of a crime being committed.
The Obama administration had claimed that it was their right to seize funds suspected of being smuggled into or out of the United States by using Presidential Executive Orders, instead of existing laws. The USA Patriot Act has opened the door for Presidents to take this stand. The Obama administration used FDR's Gold confiscation order (E.O. 6102) as justification for their claims. The murder of Judge Roll does not appear to be directly related to his pending ruling on this case but it does seem odd that it came only one day after his preliminary report was issued.
The Obama administration has been moving to acquire as much federal power as it can since the President took office by using the recent economic crisis and security lapses as proof of need. Perhaps the scariest power claimed by President Obama is contained in Executive Order 13528 he signed a year ago today (January 10, 2010) which created a Council of Governors that have been hand-picked to rule over the United States in place of its elected representatives when their next “disaster” strikes and orders them to begin “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities”.
Initial media reports blamed the attack on "Sarah Palin" and other TEA Party and conservative personalities due to their "dangerous rhetoric" and the mainstream media even originally labeled the shooter (Jared Loughner) as "a TEA Partier". This has prompted calls for the Obama Administration and Congress to infringe on the 1st Amendment rights of Americans and their freedom of speech. Also, the political establishment and the mainstream media have a vested interest in silencing the TEA Party and conservatives. The political establishment took a thumping in 2010 as many TEA Party candidates were elected and even more establishment candidates from both major parties were ousted by their constituents. Investigations by Arizona law enforcement have actually shown that Loughner was an Atheist who dabbled in satanic worship and who named the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf as two of his favorite books. In addition, the left-wing blog "The Daily KOS" ginned up the hate and vitriol against Congresswoman Giffords. Add that to the calls for revolution by MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan, the suggestion by Clinton pollster Mark Penn that Obama "needs his own Oklahoma City" and this montage of leftist hatred and we're left to ask, where's the beef when the MSM blames the TEA Party for violence?