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Such Are The Times We Live In…

10 July 2010 @ 13:16

…that many of us see a need to take the time to state the obvious.  Since the Leftist way of thinking has taken hold over everyone’s minds to varying degrees, Common Sense has become less instinctual.

A case in point: Stacy McCain has felt compelled to write a nearly five hundred word posting to prove a simple, straight-forward, and plan-as-the-nose-on-you-face truth: criminals commit crimes.  That’s the short-hand version, here’s a highlight from the longer one:

Contrary to media distortions, criminality is not evenly distributed throughout the population. A small and fairly distinct group of career criminals — recidivists, habitual violators, call them what you will — account for the majority of serious crime in America. This fact was best illustrated in the early 1990s, when transit policy in New York City decided to crack down on subway turnstile-jumpers and discovered that about 15 percent of those apprehended were wanted on warrants for major felonies, including armed robbery, rape and murder.

Murder is simply one end of a continuum of criminality and, therefore, leniency toward “minor” crimes will inevitably result in more murders…

They do.  Look into the vast majority of backgrounds of murderers and you will inevitably find a history of crimes committed, be they felonious or of the lesser variety.  While the petty thief may not commit rape or murder or malicious battery, he is much, much more likely than the non-criminal to do so.  As Stacy reminds us, Charles Manson and also Dick Hickock and Perry Smith [of In Cold Blood infamy] were petty criminals before they graduated to serial murder.

Common Sense dictates that we should be less lenient of those who commit what are commonly considered lesser crimes.

Sadly, Common Sense is the enemy of Leftist thinking.  Therefore, the Progressives have actively sought to suppress it for over a century [to reprogram our neurons not to fire in that pattern, as it were] and they have largely succeeded.  Whereas once we started from the premise that those who commit crimes much be punished harshly, we now have evolved into a situation where it is always the starting premise that crime and punishment are cruel and unusual.

This is another example of the world turned upside down by the triumph of Leftist thinking and it is a major cause of The Present Crisis.

  1. 10 July 2010 @ 13:25 13:25

    IMO Bob the victimhood mentality that started with Jerry Springer type shows where it’s always someone else’s fault have put us here. Add to that weak parents/bad families and no discipline in schools and you have a new generations of people with extremely poor self awareness and a permanent victimhood mind set… and who like to be told what they want to hear, and little else.

    Obama manipulated these brain dead rubes to perfection, as narcissists always zero in on insecure and delusional peoples’ weakness… and exploit them fully

    This is also why there is still quite a number of Obama’s enablers still in the ether…. the fact that they voted foolishly, were in fact scammed by ‘soaring rhetoric’, and have brought the country to the brink of destruction is DEFINITELY not something are willing to face… must be the “racists” fault then

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      10 July 2010 @ 13:36 13:36

      I agree with you RR, but I think this whole meshugas started a century ago when Progressive thinking first began to be codified and then evolved into a pwerful movement.

  2. 10 July 2010 @ 14:54 14:54

    This is the same common sense application that Newt Gingrich uses in his “if you believe 2 + 2 equals 4, then you must believe that people granted mortgage loans without meeting the standard ‘qualifications,’ will default on loans far more often those required to qualify. It’s just common sense.

    If you believe the known fact that petty criminals are far more likely to commit a violent crime than a person with no criminal history, then you must believe that meaningful, lengthy punishment, including for petty theft, or destructive acts is crucial.

    Bob, I strongly advocate for the death penalty for rape or torture, as well as murder. If we assume many are against the death penalty, I can understand why, but I want these people in prison for the rest of their lives, with no prospect for parole.

    The beginning criminal needs a strong first time penalty, in a facility where guards do not deal in drugs and gangs are not allowed to form.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      10 July 2010 @ 17:12 17:12

      …and they are not allowed to weight-lift, watch television, surf the ‘net, etc…..

    • Adobe Walls permalink
      10 July 2010 @ 20:36 20:36

      Are we working on a list of crimes that Capital punishment shall be applied to. If so I might be able to come up with about 100 in twenty minutes or so.

      • Swift and Speedy Justice permalink
        13 July 2010 @ 02:16 02:16

        Why bother? We don’t apply it to the crimes it is already approved for. We don’t have capital punishment it the USA – one in every 500 or so murders results in an execution, and those an average of more than a decade after the victim’s death. Those executed are the result more of Bad Luck than Capital Punishment. The murderers would have a shorter life expectancy if we left them on the street. Before we bother to add to the list, let’s start enforcing it for the crimes already on the list, and in an expedient manner.

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