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Guest Column: Democrats in glass houses should not throw stones

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By John Baker

In his recent column, William St. Louis makes the astounding assertion that the Republican Party is “owned” by the National Rifle Association.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $54.4 million in support of and in opposition to various candidates for federal office. The expenditures for all federal campaigns totaled $6.8 billion, so the NRA accounted for 0.8 percent of that total.
Since the NRA has something over 5 million members, this totals about $10 per member, a number that is hardly significant.
St. Louis then decries “military-style assault rifles.”
“Military-style” is a Democratic euphemism for any rifle that looks scary. It has nothing to do with the rifle’s functionality. AK-47, AR-10 and AR-15-style rifles sold to the public are semi-automatic and are not used by any military in the world.
St. Louis goes on to complain about President Donald Trump attacking the FBI and various intelligence agencies.
It is indisputable that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired Fusion GPS to perform opposition research against Trump. Fusion GPS in turn subcontracted foreign intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who prepared a salacious dossier with the intent to derail the 2016 election in favor of Clinton. When that failed, bad actors within the FBI then engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to overthrow the duly elected president.
There can be little doubt that St. Louis’ position would be reversed if it were Clinton being investigated. Oh! I forgot! She ran an illegal server containing classified data out of a closet in her home. The FBI asserted that it was not hacked by foreign operatives, even though it was erased at her direction before it could be examined by the FBI. Subpoenaed cell phones were destroyed with sledgehammers. And then-FBI Director James Comey wrote her an exoneration letter before she was interviewed by the FBI!
St. Louis does not like the fact that Trump has attacked liberal courts for issuing nationwide injunctions.
How is it proper that a district judge having authority over a small geographic area in San Francisco can issue a ruling affecting the entire country? I would argue that an injunction extending outside of the statutory geographic area over which the issuing judge has jurisdiction has no validity and can and should be ignored, and that only the Supreme Court has authority to issue a nationwide injunction, unless Congress shall by statute authorize a subordinate court to issue such an injunction.
Finally, St. Louis does not like the actions that some states have taken in respect to abortion rights.
I will agree that some of the laws that have been enacted go too far. Many have already been properly struck down by the courts. These decisions should be between a woman and her doctor except in cases of late-term abortions, where the interests of a viable fetus should be considered.
But I cannot support the Democratic Party’s movement to legitimize infanticide. New York and Vermont have done so. Virginia’s effort failed only because of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal.
St. Louis clearly does not like the GOP positions on many of the major issues of the day. That is his right, and I respect it. However, as the saying goes, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

John Baker is a Lancaster County resident and an NRA benefactor.