IT DESCRIBES the use of law as a weapon of war. But the word cannot also be applied to domestic politics, as the use of criminal charges to bring down adversaries who cannot be defeated at the ballot box. The chief advocate and practitioner of political lawfare is the left. In Texas, the franchise belongs to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and her hard-left predecessors in office.
Recent victims, nationally, include Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. He was convicted on corruption charges that were later thrown out. Another victim, closer to home, was Texas Representative Tom DeLay. After his career and finances were ruined, all charges were thrown out.
Think what you will of his politics or character, what was done to him in our name was far worse than whatever it is he was supposed to have done. It was an abuse of power. It was profoundly anti-democratic.
Which brings us to . . .