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Most people who only quasi-know me, mistakenly assume I’m a just a liberal. In some ways I am. But most mistake my strong libertarian views for liberalism. And on most social issues, I tend to be very libertarian and sometimes liberal as well–and proud of it too might I add. However, I have a few notable exceptions.
On crime and punishment I tend to be rather conservative. I’m all for compassion and mercy, but when I hit the wall, I hit it hard.
When Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister then serving as governor of Arkansas, granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons nine years ago, he cited his age: Mr. Clemmons was 16 when he began the crime spree for which he was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
link: Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee – NYTimes.com
From where I sit, if a 16 year old is sentenced to over 100 years in prison, I suspect the little @*&! should never see the light of day again. Period. His/her only redemption is to remain in prison. Period.
Huckabee’s clemency wasn’t just a lapse of good judgement.
In my humble opinion, anytime an official grants clemency or parole to a convicted criminal who then goes on to commit further crimes, s/he isn’t just exercising bad judgement, s/he is complicit in their criminal conduct and should be treated as such. In so doing, we would have fewer horrible decisions made for political gain, financial reasons, and social ruin.
Huckabee has the blood of 4 officers on his hands. He too is responsible for this act.