“Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.”
“We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends…”
“I believe that these guys are out to get us.”
–-Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO, Gibson Guitars
Once upon a time, in the long-ago and far-away, the agents of the king, G-Men if you will, were perceived to be noble, square-jawed, flinty-eyed, fedora-wearing champions of justice. Think Elliot Ness and his incorruptible Untouchables or Jimmy Stewart as Agent Chip Hardesty in “The FBI Story”, lawmen who tirelessly raided the illicit barrel houses and breweries spawned by the Volstead Act like toadstools after a summer rain, and who relentlessly chased officially designated Public Enemies like Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger over the dusty rural byways of the thirsty Heartland. Times have changed, however, and the king and his men with them. These days, the crown tilts leftward upon the head of a one-time community organizer from the windy city of Capone, the former G’s are anonymous high-tech gunmen sporting the initials of any one of a dozen federal alphabet soup agencies on the backs of their black tac-team jackets, and they sortie forth not against the enemies of the public, but against the proscribed opponents of the Marxist monarch—businessmen like Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of the Gibson Guitar Corporation:
Juszkiewicz says that 20 heavily armed officers from the Fish and Wildlife Service and Homeland Security stormed his factories. Since when do we heavily arm officers from the Fish and Wildlife Service? Juszkiewicz also explains how Gibson guitar owners must fill out multiple forms of paperwork to prove the material used to build the guitar is legal. Yes, the federal government is now worried about unregistered guitars floating around in the market place.
Gibson is the only guitar company targeted by the Obama Department Of Justice under the Lacey Act. In 2009 the Feds seized guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the name “United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms.” (Gibson Guitar CEO: Feds Are Out to Get Us)
The only company targeted? Well, there must a reason for that. There’s always a reason. Let’s examine a few facts:
- 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. (Moonbattery)
- 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. (Doug Ross@Journal)
- Gibson Guitars is located in Tennessee — a right-to-work state. Other guitar companies located in forced-union states have not been targeted: Fender, Taylor, Rickenbacker, Danelectro, Carvin, MusicMan, and ESP are in California; Spector is in New York; Martin is in Pennsylvania; Guild, Ovation, and Hamer are in Connecticut; Alvarez is in Missouri; B.C. Rich is in Kentucky; Heritage is in Michigan; Washburn is in Illinois. (Parcbench)
- Organized labor won’t sit out President Obama’s reelection campaign and let a Republican win the presidency, the AFL-CIO’s political director said Wednesday.
- In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. (American Institute For Economic Research)
The great British deducer Sherlock Holmes pointed out, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” And, as Sherlock’s modern counterpart, Lt. Columbo, might say, “Uh, just one more thing…”
If it turns out that the Indian rosewood in question is illegal contraband in the eyes of Obama’s DOJ, then Michelle Obama is just as guilty of trafficking in it as Gibson. In 2009, Michelle Obama gave Carla Bruni-Sarkozy a Gibson guitar with a fretboard made of the material. (Hot Air)
UPDATE: DOJ Advises Gibson Guitar To Export Labor To Madagascar (Human Events)
The Gibson Guitar saga has taken a sinister turn.
It seems that the Department of Justice wasn’t satisfied with merely raiding the law abiding factories of Gibson Guitar with armed agents, shutting down their operation costing them millions, and leaving the American company in the dark as to how to proceed without going out of business.
Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas…
…the fact that they actually wrote it in the pleading is a level of hubris that goes well beyond over zealous law enforcement officials and passes straight into what can easily be translated as an out of control and corrupt targeting of an American corporation.
When President Obama gives his jobs speech next week, let’s hope he has an answer for why our government would want to force and coerce corporations to send jobs overseas.
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See also: The Sins Of Gibson Guitar (Political Realities)