One of the most frightening images of the recent Presidential election was a man at a political rally in Minneapolis wearing a t-shirt that read “Rope- Tree- Journalist- Some Assembly Required.” It is obvious he either has no knowledge of history or doesn’t care about it. History teaches us that the first targets of a military coup, whether in Africa or South America, are the radio and television stations, and the newspapers. Those seeking to overthrow a government seek to control the dissemination of the truth to the masses.
Early on, some Maplewood residents cast a skeptical eye at the hole in the ground wondering out loud if this was too commercial for their city. The above photo shows early construction on the 125-acre mall site.
Will he or won’t he? That is a question a lot of political commentators are asking about whether or not President Obama will pardon Hillary Clinton. Whatever the answer to that question is, other questions are equally interesting (and far less political). Specifically, what are pardons and why are presidents allowed to issue them at all?