Push for sentencing changes underway in Congress
WASHINGTON — An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country’s mandatory sentencing laws.
What’s motivating them are growing concerns about both the fairness of the sentences and the expense of running federal prisons.
The congressional push comes as President Barack Obama and his Cabinet draw attention to the issue of mandatory sentences, particularly for nonviolent drug offenders.
Supporters say mandatory minimum sentences are outdated, lump all offenders into one category and rob judges of the ability to use their own discretion. SOURCE
“An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress.” That line sends shivers down my spine, and it’s not just because it’s a cold day in North Texas.
I’m sure that my long time readers already know and remember; I have pointed out on a number of occasions how the TEA Party has made what I see as a *left turn* as they have, in many cases, aligned themselves with the Libertarian way of thinking, that being; drugs aren’t all that bad and as long as YOUR drug use doesn’t affect me, it’s YOUR drug use.
I don’t know about ALL TEA Party groups, I would like to think that there are some very Conservative groups out there, but I know 1st hand what happened right here in Rowlett when the TEA Party was taken over by a faux Conservative that turned out to be a VERY Libertarian Ron Paul supporter. The Rowlett TEA Party crashed and burned, simply because Conservatives don’t fall into the crowd that sees illegal drug use as a *no problem* thing.
The Libertarian philosophy of *if it doesn’t hurt me* has been over-played. Drug use hurts us all, whether we want to admit it or not. Habitual drunks hurt us all as well, you see, admit it or not, Libertarians, and any that support their position need to realize, a drug or alcohol impaired person WILL get behind the wheel of an automobile, and then they are a danger to us all.
So, they don’t drink and drive or get doped up and drive and because of that they present NO problems for the general population of America?
What about the emergency medical care they get when an overdose has happened? What about the rehab programs that must be paid for by someone? That someone would be us, you and me, the taxpayer, so don’t even think of telling me that drug or alcohol abuse doesn’t affect us all, it does!
These Libbers and TEA Party enthusiasts complain about antiquated drug laws and sentencing for offenders and the costs of their incarceration, said to range from $21,000 to $33,000 a year per inmate, depending upon the security level of the prison. So let me ask this; WHAT is an innocent human life worth?
What is the life of your Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, friends and loved ones worth to YOU? Where do you draw a line and determine that a life taken by a drunk driver, a narcotics impaired person or an addict looking for money to get his/her next fix is worth *X* amount of dollars and that prison time and mandatory minimum sentencing are just too expensive?
I have little, if ANY use for the Democratic Party or its Libber members, I do NOT hold back on that position and I never will but now I am going to take that position one more step forward; if this is what the TEA Party has become, a group that conspires with Libbers in the Senate and House to do away with mandatory sentencing as they support a lessening of punishment for offenders, then the TEA Party truly has lost its way.
The *rudderless ship* is crashing into the shore. I cut my ties with the TEA Party some time back and I feel comfortable making this statement; I will NEVER again support them in any way.
I hate to say NEVER but once in a while you have to stand on Conservative principles and turn your back on the faux Conservative of the TEA Party!