Consulting the Public


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People "do not have the

People "do not have the right to act as if their fear - a fear based in ignorance - gives them the right to strip other people of their humanity".

Clearest summation of the wretched process I've seen. Good on ya, Megan, for (apparently) giving the matter more considered thought than any of the antis, CSC - or Peter Van Loan....

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 13:48
Megan, you're offering

Megan, you're offering constructive suggestions in this post. Did you learn nothing at the consultation? You're supposed to bitch and complain and bully the people you disagree with.

On a more serious angle:
"Thus I found myself in an odd position, a position in which I rarely find myself, where I was supporting the governmental status quo, and rooting for The Man. It was a little surreal for me."

This is not odd at all, really. The Man, so to speak, wants to put people away into jail. Parole is a way of reducing the harm caused by incarceration.

Being "tough on crime" isn't tough at all. It's simple--you send more people to jail for longer. Doesn't accomplish anything, but is great for polling. When was the last time you heard a politician say "we're going to do something about crime by investing in parole"?

See my blog entry The Conservative Party vs. the nail, where I raise this point and a real, live Conservative MP responds back with the same blather I complained about.

Also check out Dan Gardner's blog, Katzenjammer. He's got some great analysis on the Conservative Party's allegedly tough-on-crime agenda.

- RG>

Posted by RealGrouchy (not verified) on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 03:00