Anything For Sale

It’s Sunday evening and CNN is reporting that the 45th President of the United States in his last few days in office is expected to issue some 100 pardons and commutations. It’s not justice that’s for sale, it’s escaping from justice that we are about to witness and it’s sickening.

Suffice it to say poor people aren’t going to get any of them. I doubt that there will be any minority groups among them either.

The final chapter in the term of 45’s term in office will be the final insult to the citizens of this country.

I won’t say I’m disappointed. This could have been, and has been, predicted for quite some time.

But I am disappointed that at 4 years minus three days the other elected officials of the United States Government stood idle while and for his own benefit, not the benefit of the country he was supposed to be serving, he sold and stole everything he possibly could.

This is what the United States of America has become.

Don’t tell me, “this isn’t who we are.” WE have had ample time to prove that it is not, and we failed to do it. Maybe not your average Joe Blow — though goodness knows there were enough protests during the preceding 4 years to sound a variety of alarms. Still, bottom line, net result is…. this is what we are.

Here’s a look at how many pardons were granted by presidents dating back to 1900, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney. This list is sorted by the number of pardons issued from highest to lowest. These data cover only pardons, not commutations and remissions, which are separate actions.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: 2,819 pardons
  • Harry S. Truman: 1,913 pardons
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: 1,110 pardons
  • Woodrow Wilson: 1,087 pardons
  • Lyndon Johnson: 960 pardons
  • Richard Nixon: 863 pardons
  • Calvin Coolidge: 773 pardons
  • Herbert Hoover: 672 pardons
  • Theodore Roosevelt: 668 pardons
  • Jimmy Carter: 534 pardons
  • John F. Kennedy: 472 pardons
  • Bill Clinton: 396 pardons
  • Ronald Reagan: 393 pardons
  • William H. Taft: 383 pardons
  • Gerald Ford: 382 pardons
  • Warren Harding: 386 pardons
  • William McKinley: 291 pardons
  • Barack Obama: 212 pardons
  • George W. Bush: 189 pardons
  • George H.W. Bush: 74 pardons
  • Donald Trump —- as of 1/17/2021 — 10 pardons.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not opposed to kindness, mercy or leniency. Our justice system leaves a lot to be desired. But I am opposed to graft and corruption by people who manipulate the system for personal greed. Pardons for individuals who have been convicted of wrongdoing at the behest of the President himself among them.

Here is the list of final pardons: (not nearly as inflammatory as I feared, but in a spirit of full disclosure I wanted to list it.