Feb 19, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
You might want to read this, where the story first broke:
Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to jump to Babeu's defense. I shouldn't make rash judgements before the dust settles (which is true for people both sides). I watched his press conference and he seemed genuine, and he had many people speak to his upstanding character. However, at this point, I don't trust anything that comes out of any politician's mouth. I don't want to defend him and then turn around and find out that he was lying the whole time.
So far this situation is very partisan battle with both sides giving their own story. I'm inclined to believe the sheriff's story. I think the other side is just trying to bring him down in an unfair way. This seems to simply be a relationship gone bitter.
If Babeu did in fact threaten deportation or make other ruinous threats against Jose, that's unacceptable, and he should be removed from his position.
You cite the fact that he has retained legal counsel as evidence of his guilt. So by this logic, no innocent person should ever have to hire a lawyer? If you were in his shoes, would you not want legal counsel on your side? These are serious allegations against him, and he is indeed taking them seriously.
A final note: I admire him for not playing the identity politics game. So many minorities (whether sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, etc.) fall hook, line, and sinker for the Democrats' divide-and-conquer identity politics warfare. Such warfare ultimately weakens our union and destroys our common identity. It's an easy trap to fall into (I was ensnared for years), but it's encouraging to see more and more people emerging from it. Being gay does not mean you have to be liberal, and being a gay conservative doesn't make you a kapo or gay Uncle Tom. One can disagree with certain policies or wings of a political party without being a hypocrite or self-loathing.