Apparently the Obama-goons raid on Gibson guitars (which are entirely made in the US) may have a partisan motive.
It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. According to the Open Secrets database, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats. (The CEA did, however, contribute more to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.)
One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.
imagine what would happen if Bush had treated Martin the way Obama treats Gibson? The cries for impeachment would be deafening.
Oh the kicker? Martin guitars are made in Mexico.
h/t to John Hinderacker who adds an “amusing” CODA to the story:
Oh, one more thing: if Gibson has violated the Lacey Act, so, perhaps, has Michelle Obama, who gave French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar with a rosewood fret.
Hot Air has more on this bit of hypocrisy:
Does someone think she’s above the law? Looks like it. But, then, this isn’t the first evidence we have that Michelle thinks she’s the queen.
This, my friends is thuggery. It’s the behavior we have come to associate with Third-World dictators. And Chicago machine politicians.
this begs the question: How would Obama behave if (when?) he loses the 2012 election? Will he be gracious in defeat? (Stop snickering!) Will be have a juvenile hissy fit and turn his minions lose to do adolescent retaliatory pranks (like removing the “W”s from computer keyboards in the White House? Or will he just ignore the results and the Constitution, like he has all through his reign, and just refuse to relinquish office? Would the thoroughly politicized Department of Justice actually enforce the law, or would they back their patron.
You’re not worried about that? You damn well should be.