But forget about the feds' "Fast and Furious" gun smuggling crimes and Attorney General Eric Holder's acts of perjury via denial of facts before Congress. Forget about Washington's $528 million debacle with Solyndra. Might as well let go of the billions of dollars that Washington has given to bail out Wall Street over the past few years. And never mind the feds' onslaught of overzealous overreaches and over-regulations on Main Street businesses across the country, because this administration thinks it's high time to further cripple American business by pulling the strings and picking on a staple of the music industry and entrepreneurial spirit. Juszkiewicz recently tweeted the real question that needs to be addressed: "Why is big government spending our money to harm ordinary citizens and small businesses?"
And how pertinent should an ever-expanding and archaic Lacey Act be when it forces Americans to be obliged to follow every other nation's trade laws? If we must bow to other countries' legalities, where are American sovereignty and individual rights? And how long will it be until Interpol oversteps all the boundaries to enforce a universalistic United Nations trade code? At the very least, such federal actions as those taken against Gibson Guitar are reminiscent of those of Lavrenti Beria, the head of Josef Stalin's secret police, who boasted, "Show me the man and I'll find you the crime."
According to The Heritage Foundation, the feds have used the Lacey Act to prosecute orchid growers and spiny lobster importers, too. Now it's guitar manufacturers' turn? And what about tomorrow? What about other companies and guitar-makers, such as Fender, Martin, Taylor, Paul Reed Smith, Ribbecke, Collings and Breedlove, to name a few? What about Gibson retailers and individuals who resell guitars on eBay? What about the purchasers of Gibson guitars -- those who possess the wood contraband inlayed in their stringed instruments? There go the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen and millions of others. Buyer beware! Armed federal agents could be coming to a music store, sound studio or house near you.
Please email or call the White House today (at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact or 202-456-1111) and tell the feds to get their eyes off guitars and back on the guns they handed over to Mexican cartels. Then call Gibson Guitar and tell the people there you're joining me in standing with them (http://www.gibson.com/en-us/support or 800-4GIBSON).
Rock on, Gibson Guitar! Or should I say, "Rosewood on, Gibson Guitar!"?
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