What to Learn From Michael Avenatti: We were a better country when we hung criminals for their crimes

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Now that Michael Avenatti has cried in court and was sent to jail for two and a half years for his attempted extortion of Nike as a corporation, we need to take a moment as a country and reflect on who he was.  And how many of them are still left in our public square.  I would offer that Dr. Fauci is no different as a shyster than Michael Avenatti or Joe Biden.  We are talking about people who know they are scamming people when they do what they do, and they count on people to fall for their scams as they exert a forceful personality to commit crimes and get away with it.  Michael Avenatti, for many of us, was an easy villain; we could see that he was a wolf in the henhouse, and we warned that he was such.  But many, including most of the media and Beltway establishment, saw him as a vehicle for their desires at insurrection.  They did not want a personality like Trump in the White House.  Trump stood against this long-designed socialist agenda that is now unleashed upon us.  I remembered first warning people of this socialist agenda several decades ago, and people didn’t want to hear it.  And ironically, those are the same kind of people that scoundrels like Michael Avenatti target for their gains in life at the shell game of politics, and they almost always get away with it.  So for perspective, I would say that most people in executive positions in media and politics are on par with Michael Avenatti as far as their ability to schmooze over an unsuspecting public.  The difference with Avenatti is he lived too high for too long and went after a corporation with more financial resources than the government itself, and they weren’t going to stand for that.  So he got busted and got a little jail time.  The punishment isn’t nearly what it should be, but it’s enough for us all to learn an important lesson.

One of the great books I read from my big journey out West recently was one on the outlaws of South Dakota, specifically the Deadwood area.  Back in the early days of justice, hanging was the means of dealing with people like Avenatti.  We didn’t just put them in jail for a few years to hide them from the public, to get sexually molested in the shower by other inmates, and endure prison food for a short time in their lives.  Michael Avenatti is young enough to get out of jail in a few years and live a whole life forgetting entirely that he ever went to prison.  But back at the start of our republic, we tended to hang these kinds of criminals, and reading back through history; I think it made us a better society.  Usually, just as Avenatti did in court, where he started crying and apologizing to his victims, people about to die for their crimes were very remorseful.  Reading of the many cases of crimes where the criminals were killed, everything from stealing horses to murder, the soon-to-be-dead people would reflect on their status and become highly remorseful to the point where you had to wonder why they couldn’t have seen the light and lived a good life before their killing.  The public would come out and watch these killings, and I think it impacted the spectators to do that reflection for themselves and maybe not be such scumbags in their own lives.  So in that way, hanging was a very moral way of dealing with crime and punishment.  It elevated in the community a lesson that the criminals exposed as one last act of a living human being. Hearing the regret from most hardened criminals was a lesson that kept the rest of society in check. 

But today, because people like Michael Avenatti know that society has little method to fight back against derelict behavior, they are incentivized to live such lives.  There was nothing to deter Avenatti from exploiting a porn actress in Stormy Daniels from attempting to knock the very essence of law and order from the White House in the Trump presidency.  To do so, Avenatti was encouraged by every method at his disposal.  Most of us could see what a scumbag he was, but he knew there was nothing we could do about it, so he was free to be the terror he was.  Without question, Hunter Biden agrees.   So long as his dad runs the Justice Department, he’s never going to get in trouble for anything.  Trump ran the Justice Department for a while, but he refused to abuse his power.  So the power abused him. That’s why good people are always at a disadvantage to criminals like Michael Avenatti.  That is also why Dr. Fauci never thinks he’s going to be fired for his work with the Chinese to build a bioweapon out of Covid to destroy the capitalist country of America during an election year.  The system itself wants to breed Dr. Fauci types, lifelong employees overpaid, and keen to advocate always for the spread of big government to rule over all our lives and pave the way for global communism.  If we were in 1870, Dr. Fauci would have been found out and hung in a town square for the way he has mislead people.  It would have been seen as a crime, not as a public service.  Hunter Biden would have experienced the same kind of treatment.  Being the son of the President wouldn’t have shielded him from justice the way it does today.  And people like Joe Biden would have never made it to the White House.  His antics would have likely put him at the end of a rope decades before gaining that kind of power over our government. 

For people who say that we were too harsh as a country with our hangings before the start of the 20th Century, these are the same people who are telling us that transexual bathrooms are good, that Critical Race Theory is all the rage for Democrats even though it was Democrats who were the advocates of slavery and its preservation.  Joe Biden’s predecessors were the members of the KKK.  Republicans as a party were created to end slavery.  But the con artists of our modern government can lie and manipulate whatever they desire because there is no punishment for their actions. Instead, they are encouraged to perform their ill deeds in the light of day, just as Michael Avenatti was.  Avenatti didn’t know that corporations like Nike run our government and wanted Trump to follow these new rules.  Once Avennatti stopped serving them by trying to get rid of Trump, then he became the villain. Attempting to extort money from Nike was attacking the government that was really in charge, and that’s why he got jail time.  And things became that corrupt right out under our noses because the criminals got tired of being hanged for every minor crime that came up.  They instead moved into government jobs, changed the rules, and took away those public reminders that doing bad things might end up making you swing from a rope.  Nothing kept the youth out of trouble than in having their parents take them to a public hanging.  In the absence of such discipline, we have made a society of Michael Avenattis. There are many more out there to fill the void as Avenatti himself sits in jail for a while only to get out again shortly and bring his terror to the world once again. We’d all be better off if he was swinging from a rope instead, as he would have been a century ago.

Rich Hoffman

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