Thursday, October 08, 2015
Give Blankenship the presumption of innocence
Liberals are ghouls. They pounce on and exploit any tragedy to further their agenda, which is government control of everything, and liberals in control of the government. Thus no one should be surprised that liberals jumped on the April 5, 2010, methane gas explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, which killed 29 men. The mine was owned by Massey Energy, which was run by Don Blankenship, who for 30 years fought the unions and other liberals in West Virginia.
He now is in federal court answering charges of conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as securities fraud.
Sounds bad, except when you consider this: Federal mine inspectors were at the site on April 5, 2010. Even these government experts failed to detect the danger and stop the tragedy. But as unaware of the methane danger as they were, the inspectors issued a couple of citations anyway.
The Democratic Party in West Virginia is trying to milk the Blankenship trial for all it is worth.
Democrats are in tatters after eight decades of pursuing policies that made the poor wards of the state, the rich richer, and the middle class move to North Carolina and other Right To Work states.
Fat-cat trial lawyer Chris Regan, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party, tried desperately to smear Republicans by going after Blankenship, writing in the Wheeling Intelligencer: "Whatever happens at his trial, the hard truth is we are living in Don Blankenship's West Virginia. The billionaire coal baron may have landed himself in the dock, but along the way, he landed an avalanche of politicians in our capitol. The policies, and the politicos, that Blankenship groomed for a decade finally broke through in 2014 and they are busily turning our state into one big Massey enterprise."
The Obama administration is delivering the head of Blankenship to West Virginia Democrats with this bizarre trial for charges that have nothing to do with the deaths of 29 men. The press led by the Gazette has pushed the liberal line. A citation is now a violation. A charge is now a conviction. A death on the job is now a murder. The presumption of innocence has no place in newspaper stories in Charleston.
Meanwhile, 29 men are dead despite the presence of federal mine inspectors. I would rather spend the time and effort invested in getting Don Blankenship on fixing the federal mine inspection program -- you know the one that is supposed to be so important that we are having this trial.
UPDATE: Just to clarify what I am saying, based on one commenter's comments: How is this trial holding anyone accountable for Upper Big Branch? The allegation of security fraud and the allegation of dodging inspectors did not cause the explosion. Methane did. And the vaunted inspectors, who issued two citations (accusations) that day did not detect it.