The Patriots asked if I would post my remarks, and I am happy to do so. I'll start out by saying here what I said in the webinar: There are some good people supporting the bill, like Michael Mukasey and Sen. Mike Lee, but also some good ones opposing it, like Sens. Jeff Sessions, Tom Cotton and David Perdue. Sen. Ted Cruz likewise opposes bill, although he voted for a somewhat similar bill in the last Congress. And Sen. Orin Hatch opposes the bill at least until it is re-written to include mens rea reform -- a dim prospect given the Administration's adamant opposition.
What's different is that, while no extreme leftist supports preserving our present, successful system -- a system that has helped massively reduce crime -- many support going back to what President Reagan called the failed policies of the past: Feckless faith in untethered judicial discretion, and a misguided belief in the efficacy of rehabilitation. Among those supporting a return to the failed ideas (and, as night follows day, the failed results) of the past are George Soros, the ACLU, the SEIU, and of course the entire Obama Administration.
Conservatives in the Tea Party might want to think twice before joining forces with that group.