Piggy backing on Hal’s post, hate crimes and the exclusivity in their utilization is again making the news. In one of my comments I suggested that selective enforcement of any crime would render the entire process (our judicial system) moot. And when you get right down to it, is there any surer or quicker way of dissolving the political bond between citizen and government, of begging for anarchy, of eroding the very foundation of any democratic society, then to form “protected classes” and not enforce laws uniformly. Jefferson had it right;
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,”
Eric Holder and his fiefdom has taken some heat over the years over his proclivity for hiding in the corner hoping it will go away when confronted with clear violations of the law, these violations with a racial element involved. The crime de jour of late has been what the MSM cavalierly have been calling the Knock out Game, a game (only to the sick twisted POS that participates in it) whereby a black guy runs up behind a white guy and sucker punches him, the ultimate prize being to knock him out. Suffice to say that people have in fact died from being punched so the dangers are clear. Some of these “impetuous youths” have been caught, but nowhere do we hear about hate crime laws being used. Well, finally, they decided to do their job and use the available tools at their disposal. Problem is, there is a twist.
Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.
Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated………….unless the victim is white”, there, fixed it for him.
Given his statement;
“The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Mr. Barrett says in the video, according to the authorities.
You would think that proving hate in this instance would be difficult. The violent act, used to see if the MSM would do their job based solely on the skin color of the victim, I see stupidity, not hate. And make no mistake, I hope this guy does serious prison time, not condoning the act one bit.
These hate laws, all of them, have got to go. I listen to the rational behind them, that some acts are used to instill fear, aimed at an entire group of people, so these laws are necessary, baloney. Criminal acts, in and of themselves, creates fear in any law abiding citizen, period. Some rapist attacks a woman on campus, she is hospitalized and he escapes and it makes the papers, at that point every other woman on campus is fearful, fearful that a rapist is now out and about. Ditto with a violent break in in your neighborhood, or a mugging of a guy as he was getting money out of an ATM, whoever hears about this will now be fearful whenever he too gets money out of an ATM. The fear is present regardless, and that is why we want effective policing in the neighborhoods where we live, criminals need to caught and removed from society.
For several years here in the Bay Area it was a tradition for the Raiders and the 49ers (football teams for you foreigners out there) to play each other in preseason. The problem was that the fans had a visceral hatred for the other side. A Raider fan wearing Raider gear would get attacked at the 49er stadium, and vice versa, some deaths even occurred, that is why they discontinued the tradition. Now these acts of violence are tailor made for the hate crime enhancements, they truly hated each other, but they were never used. Same thing with all the Crips/Bloods carnage that occurred in LA, no doubt in anyone’s mind that hate was present in all crimes, was the hate crime enhancement ever used in these prosecutions? Not to my knowledge.
When one group of people is deserving of protected class status (thus, their hide is somehow more valuable then someone elses) this goes directly against the very fabric of America, namely that all men are created equal. In affirming the equality of all people, then the law should punish all crimes the same, regardless of the race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. ALL human beings are a protected class, deserving or equal protection under the law. We punish people, sending them to prison, for what they do, not what they think. A respect and confidence in the laws of the land are essential for any free society, that confidence is eroded and a feeling antipathy ensues, when special people get special treatment, and due process gets kicked to the curb.