Mr. President, although many mock you incessantly and demean you in abstraction, I know behind the public persona and the ostentation is a human being who understands what it feels like to be maltreated. There are ghosts you are chasing for decades, the haunting specter of feeling unaccepted, the desperate need for validation because the one whom you looked up to the most refused to give it and the sorrow that comes with growing up in the shadows of giants who always saw you as a Lilliputian.
For too long, you sought hubris to deal with these wounds, today I ask you to choose compassion for the sake of Julian Assange and your own healing. I will admit, I have been a frequent critic your administration for the entirety of your stay in the White House. Yet for all your faults—on the 11th hour of your tenure—I have to give credit for some of the good you have accomplished. You might not have made America great again, but you made us aware of the corrosive nature of the debased (there is nothing elite about them) who plague the halls of power in DC, NYC and around the world.
Chief among your accomplishments is exposing the ugly face of fascism that is passed on to Americans and the world as a “representative democracy”. For all but the blinded and loyal partisans, most Americans now understand that Democrats and Republicans are a perverse duopoly who are colluding to further their power and fleece the proletariat. What the founders of America rebelled against has been reborn in ways that make King George look like a saint; we are being taxed without representation and being governed without consent.
Witnessing Democrats excoriate you for wanting to end the era of perpetual wars, seeing the establishment go nuts because you wanted to pull out of TPP and observing the political order losing their collective minds because you demanded more money for the working and middle-class for Covid-19 relief was truly a revelation. While this does not absolve you from some of the egregious actions you took and the ways you subverted decency in order to serve your ego, I have to nonetheless tip my hat to you for lifting the veil and showing the true faces of uber hypocrisy and unending mendacity that belong to DC’s political class.
Former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving now tells the Washington Post he refused the National Guard ahead of the Capitol attack because he assumed — unilaterally — that Pelosi would not authorize the move.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 19, 2021
As much as I want to pontificate about the mendacity of our government and juxtapose your mannerisms with the malignancy of the Congressmen, Senators and the cottage industry of sedition that infests our nation’s capital, I am writing you today not to bleed my spleen but to plead for clemency on behalf of Julian Assange. You have less than 24 hours left before your term expires and Joseph Mengele Biden takes over; you have before you a chance to stick it to the political class who have been sticking it to you for four years and in the process take a shot on behalf of justice.
You should know how it feels to be maligned at all times. Although I can’t in good faith compare your plight to the ordeals borne by Assange, I nonetheless bring up this point to appeal to your sense of empathy and compassion. You know very well that Assange is not some terrorist who deserves what he got; to the contrary, Julian is a journalist whose only sin was being a muckraker. While mainstream media hucksters were busy trafficking in yellow press journalism and peddling smut for the sake of clicks and eyeballs, Assange was doing the work of a truly free-press by exposing corruption and holding power’s feet to the fire.
Where the likes of CNN, Washington Post, New York Times et al were reprising the ugly legacy of McCarthyism and reviving the era of the Red Scare, Assange and Wikileaks were actually cranking out story after story of governments around the world running afoul of the Geneva Conventions, rule of law and human decency. Not one story that Wikileaks published over the past 15+ years has been proven wrong; meanwhile mainstream press has admitted so many mistakes that a spreadsheet is needed to track their “oversights”.
On the left, the original, scary story. On the right, the story. pic.twitter.com/VLiHJA6vQR
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 16, 2021
For the record, Julian Assange is not being persecuted because he committed crimes, he is being harassed and tormented because he shed light on the dark deeds being committed by those who think they are untouchable. Mr. President, four years ago you ran on the promise of “draining the swamp”; sadly you did the complete opposite as you brought in sycophants, insiders and lobbyists. In the process, you compounded the snakes who slither around the District of Columbia and multiplied the alligators who stuff their pockets while they choke our rights away.
But in one day you can do more to drain the swamp than your previous four predecessors were able to during their combined tenures. History will judge you as a hero for doing something that Obama refused to do and Biden will never act upon, that is to grant a pardon to Julian Assange and in the process stand up for the First Amendment and the very meaning of liberty. What made America great was the notion, though never fully realized, that all people are created equal and that our rights are sacrosanct. You can either push us closer to emancipation from globalists or you can pull us back towards totalitarianisms with one final stroke of your pen. #PardonAssangeNow Click To Tweet
This is not a partisan issue; people on the right and people on the left are united in lobbying you and beseeching you to grant Assange’s freedom and liberate him from more than a decade of unabated torture. All but the most debased political insiders and the benighted partisan lemmings are speaking with on voice when it comes to the founder of Wikileaks—FREE ASSANGE NOW! While I’m at it, please include Edward Snowden on the list of to be pardoned for he too is a truth-teller who deserves our gratitude instead of being turned into a refugee in Russia.
I add my voice to the legions who are asking you, nay pleading with you, to exculpate Julian Assange. Honorable people ranging from Nobel Prize awardees like Mairead Maguire, media personalities like Tucker Carlson, Hollywood luminaries like Pamela Anderson to dedicated public servants Tulsi Gabbard are imploring you to do the right thing and give Assange a reprieve either through clemency or an outright pardon. I pray you pardon Assange but I will be equally elated if you grant him clemency. On behalf of millions of Americans and countless millions around the world, I urge you to use your pen for the greater good and let Julian Assange go::
“One man with courage is a majority.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Programming note: we are planning a nationwide strike on Wednesday, January 20th. Please read all about it and join us as we launch #WildcatStrikeUSA2021. This is our shot to get our voices heard and our hope to reclaim our government, let us put aside our differences and unite so that we can take on the powerful or else we will know intimately how Germans and Italians felt in the 1940’s after ignoring tyranny for too long.