Federal Democrats have learned nothing from scenes in New York where people have become serial offenders because they need not fear the deterrent of jail.
Nor have they learned from the failures in California under Soros-backed non-prosecuting prosecutors. (Although, with the string of organized heists gutting stores in broad daylight, even dark blue Cali might be waking up to that problem soon enough.)
The White House on Cash Bail
When it became evident that the (alleged) driver behind the wheel of the red SUV that left a trail of dead and wounded at the Christmas parade in Wisconsin had walked on bail just days earlier, the White House was asked to clarify their position on ending cash bail.
“Ending cash bail will not automatically put people charged with crimes on the streets,” a White House official told Fox News. “It just means that whether you get bail should be based on the threat you pose, and not how much money you have in your bank account.”
“There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans,” the official added.
“Ultimately though, this was a decision made by local courts,” the official said, referring to Milwaukee county prosecutors releasing Brooks on bail. — Fox News
It is technically correct to say that the dubious decision to let him go on such a paltry bail amount was a decision made by local courts.
Brooks made bail twice in Wisconsin this year, even though has an active sex crime warrant out of Nevada, court records previously reported by Fox News show.
He was first freed in February on $500 after allegedly shooting at his nephew in the summer of 2020. He was out on a $1,000 bail just this month after a woman accused him of punching her and running her over with the same SUV that was allegedly used in the attack on Sunday. —FoxNews
But deflecting from the issue by blaming his release on ‘a decision made by local courts’ falls apart on closer examination. By eliminating cash bail, you also curtail judicial discretion to hold someone seen as an ongoing risk.
Emptying And Abolishing Prisons Entirely
The left doesn’t just want cash bail, they want to empty prisons completely. Here’s a rare moment of honest journalism holding Tlaib to account.
Rashida Tlaib gets absolutely wrecked on her plan to empty federal prisons. pic.twitter.com/xtGWm0ktTL
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 22, 2021
Since activists like Tlaib seem completely in the dark about key details of legislation they have personally endorsed, it makes one wonder who’s *really* driving this legislation.
Meanwhile, in DC…
People are being held in solitary confinement, in conditions that abridge their Constitutional rights, without the possibility of parole for …
… the heinous crime of trespassing on January 6th.
How Can Dems Reconcile These Ideas?
The left desperately wants it both ways. With people like Rittenhouse, Jan 6 protesters, Steve Bannon, General Flynn, or President Trump, Dems desperately want to use legal authority to ruin their lives.
Yet, they have a very different view of the legal system when it comes to people who have committed actual violent acts, property crimes, or other criminal offenses.
Can those ideas be reconciled? Yes, there is at least one way, for anyone who’s read The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
[There may be others, if you think of any, feel free to drop them in the comments.]
Here is a quick description from another writer about the gulags Solzhenitsyn had personally experienced.
…At any given time, the Gulag held 2.5 million or so people, but turnover was fantastic, given the many short sentences and releases. Once-secret reports record 18 million convicts passing through the camps between 1929 and 1953. Another 6 million were deported or exiled to far-flung work sites, and at least 4 million more POWs were enslaved—for an estimated 28 million “zeks” during Stalin’s time. Between one-quarter and one-third were “politicals”—that is, fabricated “counter-revolutionaries,” innocents. The overwhelming majority consisted of “criminals,” a category that included unfortunates who were a few minutes late to work or engaged in survivalist “speculation” as well as thieves, rapists, and murderers. The latter, infamously, ruled the camps, until genuine politicals—Baltic and West Ukrainian integral nationalists—got swept up into the Gulag in the 1940s and organized mass revolts, forcing regime concessions and auguring the onset of the end. — Slate
Solzhenitsyn explained that in the Soviet gulags, there were two types of prisoners. The common criminals who had commited murder, rape, and whatever else. The political prisoners were distinct from that first kind, and far more hated.
There is a kind of twisted rationale for WHY they were more hated than the common criminals.
If ‘the system’ was the real reason ordinary criminals had been ‘driven’ to a life of crime, then there was every reason to expect that they could be encouraged to embrace and thrive in the new Soviet world that was dawning.
But political prisoners were dissenters. They are the human roadblock to the utopian destination, they are the ‘wreckers’ whose very existence threatens the happiness of, well, everyone else.
As such, they are treated as the enemy.
The American Marxists of today may not yet be at the stage where they are loading their enemies into boxcars, but seeing how Dems have been using the narrowest of majorities to cram aggressive and monstrously partisan changes down our throats, the visceral contempt they have for that ‘basket of deplorables’ has an all-too familiar tone to it.
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