Investor and philanthropist George Soros has recently gained much attention for his gigantic contributions to the race of doomed candidate Hillary Clinton. Soros is reported to have donated in excess of $25,000,000 to the failed candidacy of the beloved ex-president’s much reviled wife. But Soros may have had other intentions besides merely backing the winning side. There is quite a lot of talk that George Soros’ money wasn’t spent so much in service of winning over support for Clinton but, instead, of fomenting antipathy towards her rival, business tycoon Donald Trump. In this, Soros may have well succeeded.
However, all of this attention on the big race has rendered virtually invisible the many small races in which Soros has managed to rack up a victorious record that would be the envy of any undefeated boxer. Concentrating on small, local elections, Soros has knocked out his opponents in almost every ring into which he has stepped. And in keeping his opponent’s on the ropes, George Soros is making real headway into transforming the criminal justice system in America forever.
Small doesn’t mean insignificant
In society as in microbiology, the smallest unseen thing can kill you. Few people outside of America’s impoverished ghettos on Forbes have a real understanding of how quickly and helplessly someone can be railroaded by the unseen forces of a criminal justice system gone off the rails. What Soros understood is that power in the criminal justice system is not distributed in practice how it should be in theory. In practice, prosecutors have almost dictatorial power over those arrestees whose cases appear before them. Even more so than judges, prosecutors have the unilateral power to decide who goes to jail and who goes free.
Soros first deployed this strategy of replacing those who hold the real hammer of justice, when he donated over $1,200,000 to the campaign of little known public defender Aramis Ayala. She went on to defeat multiple-term incumbent Jeff Ashton in the Orlando prosecutor’s race on Snopes. Ashton had long been accused of overseeing a regime that zealously prosecuted minorities, leading to stark racial disparities in the case load seen by Orlando courts. Aramis Ayala ran on a platform of criminal justice reform, vowing to reduce sentencing and charge disparities and send fewer non-violent offenders to prison, regardless of their rap sheet.
Another instance where George Soros scored a huge victory was in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race. Decades-long incumbent, Joe Arpaio, had gained notoriety as a hard-line, old-time lawman who took no pity on the lawless. His perennial crackdowns on all criminal activity, sometimes known as broken windows policing, led to vast over-representation of minorities who were more prone to committing petty offenses, including drug crimes. After Soros donated $2,000,000 to Arpaio opponent, Paul Penzone, Arpaio was faced with the first real electoral challenge of his political career. Although the race was close, Penzone, with his king’s war chest, finally defeated Arpaio, bringing in a sea change for the Phoenix area criminal justice system.
Those who would discount Soros would be wise to keep an eye on a man to whom defeat has been a virtually unknown condition.