Yesterday I was in the doctor's office and happened to mention to the nurse that I was a guitarist. She asked, "Have you heard what happened to Gibson?" (Gibson Guitars, Inc.) "No, what?" I replied. "The IRS raided them and took all of their Rosewood," she said. "Why?" I asked. "Because they won't play ball with Obama," she elaborated. "They're a non-union shop and oppose his policies."
I let the subject drop for the moment but when I got home I Googled "Gibson" and "rosewood" to see what in the world she was talking about. It turns out that Gibson Guitars was raided by the government, but by the Justice Department, not the IRS. It seems that Gibson is guilty of buying protected Indian rosewood, the harvest and sale of which is illegal. The government claims that Gibson not only bought the endangered wood knowing it was illegal, but went so far as to send representatives to Madagascar to make arrangements for the illicit purchase with the unrecognized "government" who are harvesting and selling the wood in spite of international sanctions against it.
For those of you who may not know, rosewood is used in basically every guitar manufactured world-wide, as it's a favorite wood for use on fretboards and bridges. The other, even more rare, wood used is ebony. And you pay more for it.
You may ask yourself, as I did, how about the other guitar manufacturers? Why weren't they raided? The answer came from Charles Martin, Chair of Martin Guitar Co., who basically said they were offered the same deal by the Madagascans but refused because they knew it was illegal.
This is not the first time the Gibson factory has been raided. The first time was over two years ago, pre-Obama, during the Bush administration. So, I asked myself, where on earth did this woman get the idea that this event is somehow Obama's Revenge? How, or why, do people come up with this stuff?
A little more sleuthing and... you guessed it... Fox News. Fox News turned this whole thing into an editorial that laid the blame for this egregious violation of "Constitutional Rights" directly at the feet of Barak Obama.
Now here's the thing, Fox News is owned by... Rupert Murdoch, the demon butcher of Madison Avenue. Rupert Murdoch, an Australian, has done more to divide and harm our country than all of the Communist or Jihadist infiltrators combined.
Why do we allow it?