Paul Manafort got a sharply reduced sentence of 47 months for fraud on Thursday—from a federal judge who said the political operative known as the “torturers’ lobbyist” had lived an “otherwise blameless life.”
The guidelines called for a sentence of 19 to 24 years, but Judge T.S. Ellis said that was “excessive” and gave President Trump’s former campaign chair less than four years for hiding and evading taxes on millions he made lobbying for Ukrainian political figures.
You’ll do more time for having too much weed in your car in certain states, so all of that sounds like American jurisprudence and justice to me. I don’t have much to add to the outrage you’re already seeing regarding Manafort’s sentence. If you’re a white man who steals millions and millions of dollars, you’ll always come out smelling like a rose. If not, well, you’re fucked. Don’t believe me? Go ask Marc Rich, Scooter Libby and all the banksters from the late 2000s who never went to jail for destroying the economy.
I’m more and more skeptical of any outcome that holds Trump and his crime syndicate accountable. I think it will be just like Bush and Cheney—the country won’t have the stomach to throw everyone in prison. Our media is too stupid to actually function in the public interest. At the end of the day, Robert Mueller is a Republican who probably fears the upheaval of the American government and the chaos that would follow more than he does walking away with Trump and his family untouched.
It seems like the fix is in, and we’re not getting good government any time soon. No one is coming to save us, so we have to save ourselves and vote all of the Republicans out.