The Way Justice Works
You might be wondering what Grigori Rasputin, Jeffrey Epstein and Matt Gaetz have to do with each other. First, notice I didn’t call them gentlemen. Each of these three had or have a perverted and socially unacceptable viewpoint about women.
Let’s start with a look into Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. This chap was a peasant from Siberia who gained power through his convincing fraud of healing the imperial couple’s only son Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia. He was a divisive figure at the court of Emperor Nicholas and Empress Alexandra after being endorsed by some leaders in the Russian Orthodox Church. Although Rasputin held no position in the church, he was touted by many as a mystic, visionary and prophet, but he was nothing but a charlatan.
The Empress believed Rasputin helped Alexei and rumors swirled that he had seduced not only her but also the four grand duchesses. Eventually the truth behind Rasputin’s power over the Czar and his wife led to the belief that he was harmful to the empire and nothing but a “false prophet.” Some deeply religious types labeled him as the “Antichrist.” In 1916, they all killed him.
Okay, let’s discuss Jeffrey Epstein; a guy you probably know about. He was a self-made financier and conned many smart and powerful men who elevated him in the world of investment banking. He convinced powerful politicians, attorneys and royalty that he was a legitimate businessperson who could make them loads of money. Two notable examples are A.G. William Barr’s father and the men who ran Bear Stearns. Epstein was fired from Bear Stearns, and, to this day many cannot figure out how Jeffrey attained his wealth. Maybe his “hobby” provided a way to influence and control powerful people. Epstein was into sex trafficking and, like a drug addict who gets into the business of drug sales to satisfy his own addiction, Jeffrey’s control of underage girls was part of his plan. He sampled the goods, gave some of the stock to his friends and targets and used evidence of the escapades to increase his personal cash flow.
After buying his way out of trouble several times, Epstein was finally nailed to the cross by Julie K. Brown, a tenacious investigative reporter for the Miami Herald newspaper. Her reporting disclosed Epstein was given an unbelievable deal while exposing the corruption of R. Alexander Acosta, the federal prosecutor in Florida who brokered the deal for Epstein. When the story broke, Acosta was Trump’s Secretary of Labor and forced to resign. Coming back from one of his many offshore love nests, Federal Marshalls arrested Epstein and incarcerated him without bail in a New York prison. After an alleged attempt on his own life, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. Suspiciously, that night the security cameras were turned off and the guards on duty claimed to have fallen asleep and missed their rounds. Experts have doubts whether Epstein committed suicide and many facts raise the specter of murder. There are powerful people who would have wanted him silenced.
Yes, I hear you saying those are really horrendous things, but how can Matthew Louis Gaetz II, US Representative for the First District of Florida, be compared to Rasputin or Epstein? Let me help you with that.
It would be easy to state Gaetz’ undying love of Donald Trump is somehow at the root of things, but he shares that flaw with many in Congress. His father, who was the most powerful Republican in Florida for years, is also named Donald. Perhaps Trump is a surrogate father, but let’s move on. Trump isn’t relevant here.
In December of 2017, Gaetz was the only representative to vote against the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, a bill allocating additional government resources to help combat human trafficking. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation.” Gaetz tried to justify that his vote against this was driven by his “small government principles,” but something else soon surfaced that made his vote disingenuous.
In January of 2020, the US Secret Service received a tip that, in April 2018, five months after his vote, Gaetz along with his friend Joel Greenberg, the Seminole County tax collector, were allegedly involved in producing fake IDs. Greenberg was indicted in August 2020 on an array of charges, including sex trafficking a seventeen-year-old girl in 2017 and creating fake IDs to facilitate other sex trafficking exploits. Remember what Gaetz voted against?
Federal officials next investigated some of Gaetz’ related activities. In late 2020, the Justice Department opened an investigation into Gaetz for allegedly sex trafficking the same seventeen-year-old girl in 2017 and whether he had violated federal sex trafficking laws by paying her to travel with him across state lines. As part of his plea bargain, Greenberg cooperated with the investigations into Gaetz and others. Remember, this took place in the State of Florida, where officials looked the other way in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case.
If you’re thinking “witch hunt,” you are wrong. Greenberg has testified he used a website to lure young women for sex. He introduced them to Gaetz who also had sex with them. Evidence, including mobile payment receipts, suggest Gaetz had illegally exchanged money for sex. Investigators found a 2018 Venmo transaction record showing Gaetz sent nine hundred dollars to Greenberg, containing a memo that named the woman. The disgraced tax collector then relayed money containing the memos “tuition” and “school” to three women, one of whom was eighteen years old.
So, why hasn’t Matt Gaetz been indicted? Here we go again friends, it’s another lucky sperm rich kid who has the power to stop an investigation and charges. Will politicians ever gain respect for law enforcement and the judicial process? Here we have an alleged sex trafficker who is not only allowed to be free but has the power to vote against the laws to protect the victims.
I was so proud of the way former Mike Pence Chief of Staff, Mark Short handled Gaetz’ prediction that Pence will never be president, “Well, I don’t know if Mike Pence will run for president in 2024, but I don’t think Matt Gaetz will have an impact on that. In fact, I’d be surprised if he’s still voting. It’s more likely he’ll be in prison for child trafficking by 2024.”
News and social media are making a big deal about that putdown, but they should be nailing Gaetz to the wall about his pronouncement that “Women who support abortion rights are too fat and ugly to get pregnant.” I wonder what his mother thinks about that line. Maybe we should interview his wife about her husband’s constant misogynistic comments, actions and crimes? In August in 2021, Matt Gaetz married his girlfriend Ginger Luckey, who is the sister of Oculus VR founder and major Republican donor Palmer Luckey. I guess Ginger is no longer lucky because Matt continues to view women, politics and power through a virtual reality headset where he always wins and gets the girl at any cost. I wonder when the cost of sex trafficking is going to be paid.
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