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Violent crime is rampant in this society. The streets aren't safe. Gangs of young thugs roam about everywhere. There are a few murders to be reported every night on the evening news. These thugs kill people for the most trivial reasons, sometimes just for the fun of it. They are not any longer people --- they are animals. They have lost their humanity. They are predators who live by a predator mentality. They think only in terms of on whom they can prey. They have lost any ability to feel for others or to feel guilt for their actions. What is the problem? At least part of it is our legal system. It is so soft on them. If they are caught and don't totally escape punishment through some legal technicality they serve perhaps three or four years in prison and are then out on the street again. The death penalty is rarely used even in states where it is legal. Why is our society so soft on crime? In great part it is the mentality of the society. People have been so brainwashed by liberals, especially liberal theologians and preachers, that they have come to feel sorry for the criminals and don't want to punish them --- they just want to reform them. In reality these criminal minds can be about as easily reformed as a wolf can be reformed of hunting sheep or a weasel can be reformed of killing chickens --- and the statistics bear this out. At least 90% go on to commit more crimes after they get out of prison. But our society never learns. The people go on in the blind, foolish ways they have been taught by their liberal religious leaders --- emphasizing the rights and humanity of the poor criminal that we should feel so sorry for because he is just a victim of his circumstances. They give no thought to the rights of the innocent victims of these criminals. The bias is all on the side of the rights of the criminal. The sympathy is all for the criminal. If some groups try to change things and try to get tougher laws and penalties they get voted down by the majority or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) comes in and challenges the tougher laws as being in conflict with our constitution. It often does seem like our constitution is always on the side of the criminal. It seems to give him all kinds of rights we can't interfere with. Under these conditions can you say we live in a good land where Justice and Right prevail? Down through the ages governments in all societies have had to deal with the problem of violent crime and the question of how best to stop it. Most have chosen severe punishment. The experience of the ages has given this as the best solution. And is not the maintenance of law and order in a land and the protection of the good, law-abiding citizens from harm one of the first responsibilities of any government, whether that government is headed by king, dictator or democratically elected leader? Isn't the maintenance of law and order and safety in the streets the first obligation of every government? What is our excuse? Other countries do it. Japan has a very low crime rate --- a tiny fraction of ours. Our problem is the basic philosophies we espouse --- our preoccupation with the grand ideals of personal freedom and personal rights. We are so enamored with these ideas that we have lost sight of the importance of some other ideas --- like the value of law and order and moral responsibility and duty in a society. So if it is the first duty of government to maintain law and order in the land and it is not doing it isn't the government culpable? If it says it will reform the criminals instead of punishing them and then turns them back out on the streets unreformed isn't it to be held responsible? If the streets are full of criminals and law and order is gone, is not that negligence on the part of the government? Me? I want safety in the streets. Safety for myself, my wife, those nearest me. Safety for good, law-abiding people. I don't care about the bad people. My solution? I am in favor of the death penalty. Used freely. I think public hanging or public execution by firing squad could have great social value. I think the Islamic fundamentalists have things right on this score. And for the people you send to prison I would make sure they worked and paid for their keep. This idea of the taxpayer paying $20,000 or $30,000 per prisoner per year for their keep is ridiculous. Oct 1992 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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