These two former U.S. Border Patrol agents finally get to come home and can finally speak. And with who else, but Glenn Beck. Well done, Glenn. You kept the home fires burning for these two heroes, while it seems everyone else (the media) forgot about them.
Today Monica Ramos and Patty Compean got some FANTASTIC news! The ladies were on Beck this afternoon, and both described their surprise and shock at the news of their husbands having been given clemency. You see, the wives had come on the show today originally to make one final plea to President Bush. But they didn’t have to.
Their husbands have spent the last two years in solitary confinement in prison. Who are their husbands? Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting a repeat-offender drug smuggler as he tried to cross into the U.S. Yes, I know, they were found guilty by a jury of their peers (and an over-zealous prosecutor), but their punishment was more than severe.
In one of his final official actions in office, President George Bush commuted their sentences today so they will be released on “time served.” Both men had been given 11- and 12-year terms in prison, which is a bit much considering the shenanigans of Johnny Sutton, the U.S. Prosecutor, and all of the facts that were omitted from the jury during the trial.
WASHINGTON (AP) – In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
Bush’s decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.
Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.
Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.
Bush didn’t pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations, a senior administration official said.
Tonight we got to see the final farewell from our sitting President, George W. Bush. I know already that a lot of the commenters are going to be saying their “hurrahs,” and “good riddances,” but you’re not going to spoil my night. I for one will truly miss this man. He is a good man who did what he thought was right for this nation, and I think history will treat him better than his modern-day adversaries have.
God bless you, George and Laura Bush…and God Bless America.
Just a few moments ago, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (all members of the Gang of Financial Failure), came out to speak about their response to the proposed bill by Secretary Paulson.
Here’s a portion of the appearance, which I transcribed myself:
As members of the Democrat party, it is our responsibility to come here and blame everything bad that happens on President Bush and his administration. It’s also our responsibility to make you think that John McCain has been his Vice President these last 7 and a half years. However, we will defer that issue for our next crisis. So to continue, we undertook what we had to because everything that happened in this crisis shows a failure in the Bush administration, and the failure of that administration is all Bush’s fault. Because Bush has failed on every level imaginable, and on other levels we just make up ourselves, you can clearly see we did what we had to do because it was Bush’s fault. Now, if Bush would have taken the responsibility, he should have allowed the Democrats to run everything, and then we could come to an agreement that the successes in his administration would be attributable to the Democrats, but the failures would still be attributed to President Bush. And so in closing, I would just like to take one last moment in this appearance to remind you that this is all President Bush’s fault through the failures of his administration.