I have posted two new items today: one includes the full text of Monday’s decision from the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Plata, the other is an excerpt from one of modern Historian Jacques Barzun’s books “The Culture we Deserve” in which Barzun makes the case that the decline in traditional values has opened the door to a much more unpredictable and potentially “antinomian” (lawless) society in which guidelines for the enforcement of “equality” becomes the hammer of oppression and injustice in the hands of arbitrary and capricious bureaucrats (and a species of soulless administrative functionaries rather than any “spiritual” or idealistic breed of judges). (I once worked for a truly upstanding, virtuous, Christian [Presbyterian] U.S. District Judge in Florida, Kenneth L. Ryskamp, who had a plaque on the wall in his chambers “Judgment is Mine Alone, Sayeth the Lord”—quite a bit more idealistic than my own great grandfather, a Louisiana State Court Judge who had a plaque in his chambers that read, “Dead Lawyers Lie Still.”)
The reality is that “Emancipation” and Expanding Prison Populations are historically linked in the United States for many reasons, one of which is the 13th Amendment, which provides that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist except as a punishment for crime” in these United States. So when did prison populations first start to explode in the United States? Well, right after the war of 1861-1865, of course, during what is sometimes facetiously called the period of “Reconstruction” (in which the original American nation was torn down, thrown away, and the seeds of the modern corporate socialist-welfare state firmly planted all over the country).
So yes, indeed, this Candidate for the United States Senate from believes that there is a strong correlation between “Emancipation” in the sense that term is used by Jacques Barzun, below, and the problems of prison crowding described in Brown v. Plata. What we have to avoid is what I predict will be Dianne Feinstein’s solution with which every “main line” Republican in the state will agree: If the prisons are overcrowded, then we must build more prisons. I say: change the laws and release all inmates held on drug charges and all other non-violent criminals, provide them neither more nor less welfare than any other citizens, and let Freedom Ring as the population stops depending on locking up one large percentage of our co-citizens for the economic benefit of another large percentage of our co-citizens. Tear down the prison walls, and let the people of California (and America) rebuild their lives free from a tyrannical government and all its “protective services” and pointless overregulation!
Too many politicians are already warning about the horrible dangers of releasing prisoners into the neighborhoods and demanding that more prisons be built immediately and quickly—providing new jobs for the 12% of Californians officially unemployed (which only counts those who became unemployed during the past year of course…not those whose unemployment goes back farther….)
Please Support me in my Campaign to Emancipate California and the United States of America from Dependence on Prisons for Security and Prosperity!
(Instead, let’s find those who REALLY profit by the destruction of freedom, and either lock THEM up or at least confiscate all their ill-gotten wealth and distribute it among the victims of law all over this country)