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Bryan Preston

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May 24, 2013 - 8:16 am

Federal agents dressed in paramilitary gear swooped into Gibson Guitar’s Tennessee headquarters on August 24, 2011. The agents from the US Fish and Wildlife Service claimed that Gibson was using illegally imported foreign wood in their guitars. When the dust settled, Gibson was out countless lost work hours while its manufacturing was shut down, and it agreed to pay a total of $350,000 in fees, even though it had not knowingly done anything wrong. In fact, it had done nothing that its competitor, C. F. Martin guitars, had not done, but the feds never dispatched any armed troops against Martin.

The Gibson raid never made much sense. There was no risk of fight or flight. Businesses are inspected and fined routinely every day by any of a number of federal agencies. Gibson’s case, supposing there even was a legitimate one, could have been sorted out with phone calls, not a swoop resembling a raid on a terrorist hideout. The tactics alone never made much sense.

Until now…?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

Taken in isolation, the Gibson raid could be a one-off, but it didn’t happen in isolation. Gibson was one target, Catherine Engelbrecht in Texas was another. Both suffered significant harassment at the hands of executive branch agencies. Despite assurances that the IRS abuse of activists like Engelbrecht is in the past, her True the Vote application still has not been resolved after three years.

Is it possible that the executive branch really was unleashed on Americans and their businesses just because they oppose Barack Obama? Or was it that, plus as the EPA’s former enforcer Al Armendariaz bragged in 2010, the raid was intended to publicly crucify some people to instill fear in everyone else?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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EXACTLY! Gison Guitar had already a stock of special grade mahogany finger board material purchased(overseas) some time ago, already on hand. They had rising demand and did what any business would do...increase inventory. So they purchased from their time honored sources, in Indonesia, the approved material per all accords, foreign and domestic, all laws, rule and regulations. It was unloaded in US Ports and sumarily confiscated.
Adding insult to injury, ALL, every single piece of wood in Gibson Guitars inventory was confiscated by some "lo-level government employee." Gibson had payroll, employees, orders, customers and was a mainstay of community organizations in and around Tennessee. He, the president and owner, filed a review of cause with appropriate EPA channels...nada, zip, zilch.Gibson fought to stay in business...it was tough. Did several documentaries of his travails and fight with Obama. Slowly, the dam began to crack. Light at the end of the tunnel. Now, with all IRS, EPA, and Obama's Chicago-style thuggery exposed...Gibson will be vindicated. We The People hope and pray it will not be too late. Pray. Amen.Gibson must have We The People's support.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
time for a reprise:

Illegal Wood
—apologies to the Beatles and “Norwegian Wood“

I once made guitars
And built up a small company
The instruments were inlaid
So they’d look good, with Indian wood

My guitars gathered fame
For their fine riffs, and as state gifts
But then I suffered a raid
The government grabbed the wood I had

They told me the woods that I’d purchased had a legal flaw
According to Indian, but not to American, law

But my competitor
Uses the same wood and was ignored
The government plays a lyre
Made from that good Indian wood
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
I love my Hummingbird. Don't care where the wood came from.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
feel the same about my J-50
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
The American Revolution was fought over a hell of a lot less than this.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
?
The differences between Gibson and Martin were reported plenty - at least online. Or are you saying that the MSM is just getting around to noticing?
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
gibson vs martin political donations were reported early and prominently. just not ad nauseum.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
A dictatorship in the making. Fortunately Obama went after the media before he had complete control, and now they are finally starting to do their job.

When he lost Tingles Matthews and Piers Morgan, I knew it was all over.

Now we just need to gt through the investigations and trials and start rebuilding.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
May God forgive them. They do know what they do.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, let's say the reason was to instill fear in everyone else. They still would not have raided the company of a dem supporter. Everyone else refers only to Republican supporters.
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