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Corruption Runs Amok In Alabama

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, April 9, 2017

To be certain, few are likely as concerned that Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Julian Bentley was maritally unfaithful to his wife, as they are that in the process, he abused, and misused the power and authority of his office to attempt to cover it up, and to deceive citizens and others about it. And that in that process, he is believed to have violated state, and very likely, Federal laws. The ordeal is, as things go, a drama of Shakespearean proportion and caliber.

The full report of the Impeachment Committee may be found online, and downloaded FREE from:
http://BentleyInvestigation.com/report.pdf

 

—EDITORIAL—

Whoring for Governor Bentley and Rebekah Mason

By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on April 9, 2017
Used with permission

A lying, corrupt, and depraved Republican governor of Alabama is counting on Black members of the state legislature, all of whom are Democrats, to rise up and save him from impeachment.  No, this is not a Hollywood movie.  It is a real life drama that is playing out in real time in the Alabama State House.

The governor is Robert Bentley, who is generally regarded as the laughingstock of the nation today. Not only did Bentley engage in widespread public corruption and ethics violations with his married girlfriend, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, but the governor also (a) trashed the state’s two historically Black state universities, (b) deprived Black and poor Alabamians of adequate healthcare, (c) discriminated against Black voters in the state’s legislative redistricting plan, and (d) erected massive barriers to Black voter participation in the state’s electoral process.

In this Tuesday, November 4, 2014 file photo, retired physician, and Republican Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley, MD listens to a phone call as Rebekah Mason, right, announces his win for a second term as Alabama Governor, in Montgomery, AL. Bentley defeated his opponent, retired physician Democrat Dr. Parker Griffith, MD. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Yet, Bentley and Mason still exercise a shocking degree of dominion and control over many of the state’s Black lawmakers, including some of the ones who serve on the Judiciary Committee that is conducting Bentley’s impeachment proceedings.

For a fleeting moment in time, Bentley even had Judge Greg Griffin, a Black state circuit court jurist, thinking that he had the power and authority to lawfully block the Alabama Legislature’s impeachment proceedings. The Alabama Supreme Court overturned Judge Griffin’s ruling in record time. Griffin is a Bentley appointee to the bench.

Bentley has a well-known record of treating Black lawmakers like his personal servants.  When he is not whipping them for what he perceives as “bad” behavior, the governor is making these compromised souls carry his dirty, smelly political baggage.  They dutifully accommodate the governor’s commands for a mere pat on the head.

Alabamians will witness Black lawmakers engage in political servitude to Governor Bentley this week.  Please pay particular attention to the lawmakers who fight the hardest against Bentley’s impeachment.  I do not have to name them here because they will proudly step forward and show you who they are.  These are Bentley’s most trusted servants.  They will whore for Bentley this time like never before.

Just to be clear, not one of these lawmakers speaks for me.  Having served in elected public office myself, I do not respect any legislator (Black or White) who prostitutes his/her vote to protect documented criminals like Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason.

I am a political independent, a lawyer, a banker, a global businessman, and an online journalist.  I have paid a tremendous price under the corrupt, paranoid, and vindictive regime of Robert Bentley to exercise my right to free speech and freedom of the press.

I am not on any party’s political plantation.  There is no amount of money or political favors that could make me whore in the Alabama Legislature for Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason.

Like many members of the public, I am demanding that state and federal prosecutors turn up the heat on pubic officials who are obstructing justice in the criminal case against Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason.

Alabamians have a right to honest government services.  This right is unconditional and absolute.

The passage of time has shown us that corruption in Alabama state government is not limited to a particular political party or ethnic group.  Corruption appears to be the one area in state government where equality reigns.  Fighting corruption has proven to be the one area where Alabamians have united for the common good of the state.

There is no middle of the road here.  The choice between right and wrong is clear.  Lawmakers will choose to stand with Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason, or they will enforce our right to honest government services.

Rebekah’s husband, Jonathan Mason, is busy handing out money from the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. This is the taxpayer money Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason use to “buy” the support of legislators and the silent of religious leaders.  I will be exposing this quid pro quo scheme in future posts. This is fertile ground for prosecutors.

It is up to the Black community to demand accountability from the elected officials who represent our districts.  They have had a free ride for too long. I am not giving any legislator a free “pass” on the Bentley impeachment vote. If they stand with Bentley, we will make sure they are held fully accountable in the political arena.  Personally, I am sick and tired of these selfish public officials “selling out” the interests of their constituents for a $30 dinner at Red Lobster.

I defend principles that reflect my personal value system, not the color or political party of a public official. Integrity is the hallmark of public service.

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