Dating almost from the time President Trump removed his hand from the Bible during the swearing-in ceremony, the Trump administration has been hit with false, fake, and hallucinatory charges of “obstruction of justice.”
We thought it would be instructive for readers to see what genuine obstruction of justice looks like for comparison purposes. And in this instance the obstruction is at the expense of society’s most vulnerable members.
The Texas Tribune tells us that four years ago “a federal judge first ruled that Texas violated foster children’s civil rights by placing them in a system where rape and over-medication were the norm.” The judge ordered sweeping changes. In response, the state’s foster care bureaucracy ‘resisted.’
Now your first question might be how can this happen in a red state like Texas? It’s supposed to be governed by conservatives. That’s true as far as it goes, but the laws and orders are carried out by a bureaucracy. And even in conservative states bureaucracies exist to protect their own first and the public second, if ever.
That’s why keeping the size of government to a minimum is so important, but that’s a topic for another column.
U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack at that time issued a number of orders designed to protect foster children. These included “a requirement that every home or facility that houses foster kids in a setting with six or more children hire enough staff to supervise the children, awake, for 24 hours per day. Another order required the state to change its electronic records system for foster kids to clearly display whether a child has been a victim or a perpetrator of sexual violence. The children’s caregivers are supposed to have seamless access to that information to adequately supervise children and ensure that they are not being further victimized.”
The state’s obstruction of justice came to light in a hearing Judge Jack held to monitor progress. It wasn’t a pretty sight. “At times, the judge accused state officials of lying in their official testimony during an earlier phase of the lawsuit, threatened to throw a state official in jail for producing records for the court that were illegible, and reprimanded a state attorney for wasting time and failing to address her with respect.”
Judge Jack concluded, “I can no longer find [the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services] to be credible in any way. It’s shameful ... You all cannot be relied upon for anything. Period.”
Now the question is, where are the churches? Pastors and members of the congregation should be up in arms, demanding Gov. Abbott clean house at the DFPS and start putting the children first. Foster parents should follow suit.
In the meantime, the judge is doing what she can. If the state doesn’t promptly ensure group settings will have 24-hour monitoring the judge will impose a $50,000-a-day fine. If the job is not completed after a month, the fine increases to $100,000-a-day.
Our response is why penalize taxpayers for the bureaucrat’s flagrant and very real obstruction of justice? We suggest taking the fines out of the employee’s salaries.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.