Friday, January 13, 2006

Some philosophy, Part 2

Today's general theme: Crime and punishment...

There are, to my way of thinking, two types of criminals... those who can be rehabilitated and those who can't. Ask anybody on the front lines of the war on crime -- your local police -- and they'll tell you that.
There are also some crimes that strike the average citizen as so heinous that freedom for those convicted in those cases should never be an option.
(Note: I am not a big fan of the death penalty, but with technology advancing more and more, the odds of executing an innocent party are decreasing. Witness this story.)
Today's left tends to glorify the criminal and, by extension, spit in the face of the victims. Think Tookie Williams and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Hell, think Ira Einhorn, for that matter. (Google for a variety of views on each of the above).
When the left starts holding fundraisers for the victims of these and other skels like them, then maybe I'll listen.
But don't hold your breath.
When I hear people deplore the disproportionate incarceration of a certain ethnic group, I always want to ask, "What's the ethnicity of their victims?"
It's an answer you seldom hear.
It's also a pretty safe bet to say that the vast majority of victims come from the same ethnic group, based on history.
Do the victims not count?
Legalize 'em?
That's no solution.
Look at all the legalized gambling now available.
But the bookies aren't out of business, not by a longshot. The numbers runners, while not as plentiful as in days past, are still in a profitable business. That's the gambling black market.
Legalized drugs would have the same effect. The black market would still be a hot market.
More to come.