In April, the Washington Post dutifully wrote that “Criminal justice was always a priority issue for Barack Obama.” Actually, I think they meant “social justice,” but still they quoted him stating: “Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”
Of course, both he and the Post neglect to expound on that notion – that decades of failed and corrupt democrat policies have caused the failure of schools, particularly inner city, which leave generations of kids without the proper tools to shun a life of crime, which, invariably, they succumb to.
Rather than blame the system they set up or the criminals themselves, Obama blames the criminal justice system. In a speech last July at the NAACP convention, our president, the “social justice warrior,” said that our criminal justice system was neither smart enough nor fair enough. “It’s not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama declared.
Really? How “smart” does it need to be. The legislature passes laws, the president signs them, and the justice system does what it is told to do – dispense justice. It’s neither fair nor unfair. It’s impartial...or it's supposed to be. You break the law – you go to jail. You do your time – you get out, and life goes on.
Yet for many, apparently life doesn’t just go on. And so Mr. Social Justice Warrior must again inject himself into this matter.
According to many studies, ex-cons have a tougher time finding employment that the rest of us. Big shocker! While I sympathize with those who have legitimately turned their lives around after a stint up the river, the old saying goes if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
Of course it is going to be more difficult for any individual with a prison record to get into college, find a place to live, or land a job, especially in this booming Obama economy where 94 million non-convicts are unemployed or under-employed. It’s not necessarily fair, but who says it must be?
Well, Obama – that’s who. He and leftist advocacy groups are suggesting the system be changed – the entire system. Going so far as to rename criminals “justice-involved individuals.”
The New York Post reminded me that just “last month, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he [Obama] went after landlords, threatening them with penalties if they barred criminals from living in their buildings.”
Now this week, it’s John King, the Secretary of Education, who “suggested” that colleges and universities stop asking applicants if they are convicted criminals. I guess calling a criminal a criminal is a microaggression.
This is terrific. Why doesn’t Obama just cut out the middle man, so to speak, and automatically expunge everyone’s criminal record, including jail time, as they are walking out the gate of the slammer, completing their time served. Wouldn’t that just be easier?
The president is also getting assistance in his quest to decriminalize criminals from the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center and their “Ban The Box” campaign. They write that, “Most applications for public employment require the applicant to check a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box indicating if they have ever been convicted of a crime. Many people with former convictions are discouraged from applying when they come to this question on the application.” I don’t know why. There are already more criminals per capita working in the public sector already. What’s a few more.
By getting rid of the evil box, “Applicants will be considered on equal status with other job applicants, and only during the interview process will a criminal background check be completed if it is relevant or required for the position.”
President Obama says to accept individuals first. Again – that’s great!
So how will this work? Some public sector department needs an accountant. A clean-cut, well-educated man applies for the position. Everything looks great – in fact, more than great. This guy is a relative steal (pardon the pun). So what’s wrong with him? Why isn’t he working in the private sector? Does he have a record or something? Oh that’s right – we can’t ask him, because Obama decreed it. So we can’t find out he has been imprisoned twice for embezzlement – not until the personal interview? Meanwhile, other non-criminals whom we passed over due to the embezzler’s stellar resume have since found other employment, leaving the department with a lot of wasted time an incompetent non-embezzler accountant.
I guess then the moral of this twisted story is if you are now or are planning to be a criminal, now is as good a time as ever. Viva Fairness!Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.