Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The PC Orthodoxy

A nice summation of Politically Correct orthodoxy is at Gates of Vienna. The 10 points are:
As a public service, I have gathered together the ten basic principles of PC. You might call them the Ten Postulates of PC; or maybe they could be couched in the imperative as the Ten Commandments of Multiculturalism.

1. America is uniquely evil.
2. America is never justified in defending itself.
3. Illiterate people from poor societies are superior to Americans.
4. The Earth would be better off without human beings.
5. Making a profit is always immoral.
6. Differences between individuals or groups are unfair.
7. For Designated Victim Groups, strong feelings excuse all behavior.
8. Policies informed by Jud├Žo-Christian principles are inherently suspect.
9. Conservatives are hypocrites; liberals are sincere.
10. There are no acts of God; there are only acts of Government.

There are numerous corollaries, extensions, and exceptions to the Ten Postulates, so a little exegesis is in order.
This is important because
Political correctness is a corrosive ideology that has eaten its way through most of the major institutions of Western culture, leaving them hollowed out and weakened in the face of the Great Islamic Jihad. Our enemy is filled with righteous zeal, ready to die for his beliefs, and has no doubt in the superiority of his religion. We Westerners, with our self-deprecatory posturing and theology of self-loathing, have inadequate spiritual defenses against this onslaught.
As a timely corollary for purposes of illustration, I present an example of one of the "groups" that aren't supposed to be singled out. This is of course an anecdote, but the Dept. of Justice figures bear out the truth of the bigger picture.

NOTE 1: If you spend some time with that data, you'll also find the prison population increase isn't being driven by harsh sentences on small-time pot users, in spite of the myth to the contrary.

NOTE 2: You'll also find out the murder rate isn't driven by access to guns (which actually save lives), but by the peculiar history of African-Americans in this country, which has produced an astoundingly violent criminal underclass: though accouting for only about 12% of the population, roughly HALF of all murders are perpetrated by blacks, which means they are prone to be murderers at SEVEN TIMES the rate of others. (But it's gotten better; it had been as bad as ten times.)

Let that sink in: a factor of 7!

That's incredible.

We're not talking, like, a 20% increase, or a 50% increase, or a even a whopping 100% increase in the likelihood of murder, but a 600% increase.

That's not much talked about, is it?

What's to be done about that long term is another issue.

So back to the "big picture", which is, namely, that there is indeed a class of "bad" people in society, and they are identifiable by their criminal records.

And when they are locked up, we are all safer. The longer they are locked up, the safer we are.

And yet, lefty media likes to lament, in headlines illustrating their bewilderment, something to the effect of "Prison Population Rises Despite Drop In Crime."

They seem to imply there is some injustice going on; that we're locking people up meanly and gratuitously, when crime is falling "all by itself", apparently. They see the goal as reducing the prison population, as that would represent some sort of social "victory", as a sign that the "root causes" of "poverty" were being addressed.

Believing it is "society" that is to blame for criminal behavior absolves people in general, in their minds; as anyone can become criminal under the right circumstances (just like believing socioeconomic conditions "lead" to terrorism, instead of, oh, fascist ideology and religious fanaticism fueled by sheer hate). Thus holding people specifically responsible for their actions is anathema.

But what if it really turned out that certain people are inclined to crime, and others aren't? Then it's completely natural to expect that increasing the prison population will necessarily reduce crime, and that is what is observed, even when simple demographics are corrected for.

What if there were just really awful people in this world who represented, for whatever reason, a mortal danger to us all, but especially to the most precious and vulnerable?

Here's a case in point: on Sunday, two little girls were brutally murdered, and it seems the father of one was to blame:
ZION, Ill. - A man was arrested on murder charges Tuesday in the Mother's Day stabbings of his 8-year-old daughter and the little girl's best friend, who were killed after they went biking in a park.

Jerry Hobbs, who was recently released from prison, had led police to the bodies just off a wooded bike path early Monday, claiming he spotted them while searching for his daughter, the girl's grandfather, Arthur Hollabaugh, told The Associated Press.
What a surprise. It continues:
Hobbs has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1990 in Texas, including prior arrests for assault and resisting arrest, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

Before being released April 12, he had served two years in a Texas prison for chasing neighbors with a chain saw during an argument with Laura's mother, Sheila Hollabaugh, according to Wichita County, Texas, Assistant District Attorney Rick Mahler.
Well, who knows, he may be innocent.

But this follows on the heels of other recent abominable news about known sex offenders, walking freely though in violation of parole, who kidnapped, raped, and murdered young girls in Florida. I'm sure you heard about it.

The impulse to be lenient with these predators is incomprehensible to me.

What is this obsession with "rehabilitation"?

Why demand the sacrifice of the innocent in the course of some pointless social experiment whose outcome is already known?

It's narcissistic idiocy, is what it is.

I mean, look at this!
Sex Offender's Suicide Raises Questions
Florida is a state suddenly preoccupied with the notion of sexual deviates lurking in scary proximity to children. Volusia County is closing school bus stops near the homes of registered offenders. Miami Beach is considering nearly half-mile buffer zones around schools to essentially ban sex offenders from the city. And Monday, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation allowing lifelong electronic monitoring of certain sexual predators.

In all this flurry, Claxton's suicide has cast a gray shadow over what to many is a black-and-white issue. It has raised the question of how far people should be allowed to go to protect their children from sex offenders and whether a sex offender can ever fully pay his debt to society.
There then follows, at this ABC News site, 3 pages of sympathetic tribute to the poor departed convicted child molester.



Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Did you read the report that said that 99% of convicted child molesters are Trekkies? I can't remember where I read it, but it seems very peculiar...

2:47 PM, May 11, 2005  
Blogger RDS said...

I hadn't heard that. At least it's not the other way around!

10:36 PM, May 11, 2005  

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