Softer on crime?
In his nomination acceptance speech, President Trump cited his presidential pardon of Alice Johnson, whose story was highlighted by the GOP story-tellers. The intent seems clear, at least to me, that the GOP team was pandering to the black social justice crowd who, like the Democrats, believe in leniency for convicted criminals. A great act of political triangulation where a political party co-opts the positions of the opposition, leaving opponents without a cause and a unique message to talk about.
Far from some low-level, first-time drug user or offender, Johnson was a kingpin in a cocaine and money-laundering ring that involved an association with a Colombian drug cartel, moving tons of cocaine, and laundering millions of dollars. To believe that these drugs did not affect the deaths of hundreds of men, women, and children or the murder of rival drug dealers is to believe in the tooth fairy—clearly a case of mass murder worthy of a lifetime prison sentence.
From an Associated Press report in The Tennessean (Nashville, TN 2/23/1997) …
Due to her exemplary behavior while incarcerated, I would have no problem with the normal and customary parole process as a recognition of her good behavior. Or even the clemency commutation previously granted at the urging of celebrity Kim Kardashian West. But a full presidential pardon seems excessive and motivated by pure politics. I am not contesting the President’s right to pardon whomever he chooses or failing to note that there have been numerous dodgy pardons over the years; it’s just that this individual is responsible for the death and misery of thousands of American citizens. In my mind, Johnson is not worthy of a full pardon and a prestigious speaking slot on the fourth night of the RNC convention.
Proving once again that President Trump is both pragmatic and transactional – whereas Joe Biden is feckless and impotent.
I consider the FIRST STEP (Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person) ACT, a bipartisan criminal justice bill passed by the 115th Congress and signed by President Trump in December 2018, to be little more than a legal jailbreak – putting violent multiple-offense felons back into our communities without regard for the safety and security of law-abiding American citizens. In my mind, there is no significant advantage, meaningful redemption, or reform in allowing felons the opportunity to re-offend.
How Johnson could legitimately share the stage with Ann Dorn, the widow of a murdered retired African-American police officer during a riot, is beyond me.
Forgiveness for criminals does little to comfort their victims.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell