Gibson Guitar Prosecution Is Selective Justice
Gibson Guitar has recently been charged by the DOJ with manufacturing “illegal guitars”, made with with East Indian Rosewood. Its CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz has contributed to Republicans. One of its primary competitors – C. F. Martin & Company – is manufacturing and selling gituars manufactured of the same East Indian Rosewood that Gibson used. But, its CEO Chris Martin IV is a Democratic Party donor so C.F. Martin & Company wasn’t targeted by the DOJ.
Rather than investigating illegal arms sold to the Mexican drug cartel by ATF, the DOJ is investigating “iullegal guitars” … but only “illegal guitars” manufactured by companies whose CEOs have made contributions to the GOP.
It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. According to the Open Secrets database, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 each to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats. (The CEA did, however, contribute more to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.)
When warrants as ridiculous such as these are issued and executed, there appears no other reason than because the company or individual at hand is being targeted, not because there is any sort of wrongdoing. As a company, Gibson is a legendary. They’ve done nothing wrong, except, apparently, deigning to have a Republican CEO.
The plot thickens, however.
One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.
The Gibson facility wasn’t raided over allegations of tax evasion, charges of embezzlement, or even something as drab as child labor. Not even close. It was raided over what the DOJ deems an inability to follow a vague domestic trade law in India (one that apparently the Indian government didn’t seem too concerned about enforcing) regarding a specific type of wood. Not illegal wood, just wood with obscenely specific procedural guidelines.
Hat Tip: Landmark Report
On second thought, Henry E. Juszkiewicz donated to RINO Lamar Alexander. Perhaps he should be jailed for stupidity in the first degree.
It’s all about race and politics. Justice be damned!