Well, well, well: we have an NRA press release announcing Oliver North’s selection as its president.
Oliver North’s background makes him in some ways the perfect choice for the modern NRA—whose primary activity, as its spokeswoman Dana Loesch* makes clear below, isn’t as much Second Amendment lobbying or promoting gun safety as it is conducting a Trump-style cultural-resentment offensive against Americans who support gun control regulations:
(Trump himself spoke to the NRA last Friday; his speech delved into such notable gun-ownership subjects as the Mueller investigation and his margin of electoral victory over Hillary Clinton.)
In another way, though, North is an odd choice, given that the very history that makes him obnoxious to Democrats—his role in brokering illegal missile sales to the Islamist dictatorship in Iran as a National Security Council official during the Reagan administration—puts him at odds with the ascendant right-wing position on whether it’s a good idea to provide fundamentalist Muslims in Iran with powerful weapons.
North admitted during congressional testimony in 1987 to having earlier lied to the House Intelligence Committee about Iran-Contra and to having destroyed evidence of the scheme’s existence. He was subsequently convicted of related felonies, but they were vacated because of the finding that a witness against North had been influenced by his congressional testimony, which had been given in exchange for the assurance that it would not be used against him in criminal proceedings.
In summary, an individual who lied to Congress about illegal weapons sales to a state sponsor of terrorism is now the president of an organization whose central belief is that legal gun ownership is the key to maintaining a safe country.
But the sordid tale involving Oliver North does NOT end at the Iran-Contra hearings. There is much more, so much more.
You see, we have evidence now that the objective was not only to support the Contra’s in Nicaragua, but to smuggle drugs into the United States. Reagan’s administration in their ‘war against drugs’ changed mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession (any quantity) 20 years! And so, Oliver North and his band of crooks, brought in cocaine in vast quantities and distributed it in ghettos in swing states (with three states targeted: Florida, Ohio and California). And with that, they ended up incarcerating millions of African-Americans. By the end of the George Bush (senior’s) presidency (i.e. over the 12 years of the Reagan/Bush presidency), they had increased the levels of incarceration from under 1 million Americans to over 6 million in various stages of jail, probation and parole. And with that, they disqualified millions of African-Americans from voting and from ‘legal’ gun ownership.
In the process, they executed the “Republican Revolution” – essentially through disqualifying millions of voters in key states. Oliver North masterminded the greatest theft of democracy in America’s history.
He is a drug dealer, in addition to the arms smuggler. And he is first and foremost part of a vast effort to undermine American democracy.
Now, this A**hole, has the audacity to call Iranians liars. When he himself has been living a great lie. If ordinary Americans only knew what he has done, I am sure, like Mussolini, they would hang him in the streets.
Now let’s talk about the case against Iran! We have a U.S. president lie repeatedly in his speech about the Iran Nuclear Deal, who is revered by Oliver North. Trump outright lied. Yes, the Mullahs are no saints. But let’s not forget that the Mullahs were put in place by the West, the Shah was toppled, and people like Oliver North supported the resurgence of the Mullahs in Iran. If Iran’s Mullahs are liars, then Oli North owns them! He must be a liar too.
Mr. North, its therefore NOT only Iranians but ALL Americans are offended – by your lies, your actions, and above all – your theft of Democracy in the U.S. Let’s NOT for a second forget that it was hanging chads and the disqualification of millions of Floridians that led to the George Bush’s disastrous presidency: 9/11 and the Afghan and Iraqi debacles. It was YOUR specific actions that led to all that. We now have a heroin epidemic in the U.S. driven by record, bumper crop, production of opiates in Afghanistan. We had the U.S. treasury bankrupted by Bush’s wars, with Apple Inc. having more cash in its bank accounts than the U.S. government on the very last day of Bush’s presidency, and the greatest, most catastrophic economic debacle the U.S. faced in over 80 years. As for 9/11, well the truth has yet to come out, and I would not be surprised if you know something about it.
Mr. North you have offended everyone. Now shut the f** up.