People think I'm a liberal on every issue because I'm a yellow dog Democrat, but on crime and punishment issues, I guess you'd describe my stance as existentialist. One aspect of existentialism stresses personal responsibility for making it (or not) in this mean old world. In fact, at crime scenes, when mobs form around the cops and robbers, I am often able to cut the line and gain access to a front row vantage point by shouting, "Let me through! I'm an existentialist!" as the crowd parts like the Red Sea.
Recently, our part of town has been
beset by house burglaries. These are not usually well-thought criminal
conspiracies by masterminds, but, rather, a couple of losers kicking in a
door, ripping off electronic devices and any cash that might be lying
about. Take a look at our local Patch, and their story
about a couple of upstanding locals who were pinched the other day.
This couple was arrested yesterday afternoon with a lot of stuff of
which they could not immediately establish ownership in their car, but
that's beside the point. They'll have their day in court and if they
have any luck at all, they won't see my unforgiving face in the jury
the comment made by one fellow citizen really makes my furrow my brow
and shake my head. It's the comment where the guy says he knows the
dude involved, that he has struggled with drug addiction and he
hopes he gets some help with that. How about, I hope that people who
have been burgled in our town get their stuff back AND I hope this fine
young man gets to go to the Ironbar Hilton and spend some being penitent
in the penitentiary? They named it that for a reason!
don't hold with the theory that people who are drug addicts and
therefore have to steal stuff to pay for their habits deserve to be
treated with the same respect as those who are afflicted with, say,
leukemia, or some other random illness that strikes with no reason or
cause. I doubt that there is one person who has never heard that drug
use and abuse lead to awful consequences. Paying the price for those
consequences is part of growing up and being a responsible member of our
community. We can help these people by not treating them like victims
of a disease.