In Defense of Our Children
Sinead O'Connor has hypothesized that the world's problems all start from a single factor: "The cause of all of the world's problems, as far as I'm concerned, is child abuse." Could she be right? Violent crime is skyrocketing in US cities. Some cities, such as Seattle and Portland, have ungovernable no-go areas for authorities. Authorities are prioritizing keeping violent criminals out on the streets rather than behind bars where they belong. It's time to consider a more effective and permanent alternative to incarceration.
18% of US children are impoverished. 38 million Americans are on SNAP and food stamps. 150 million Americans, or 64% live from paycheck to paycheck, and risk losing their homes if they become disabled or sick and can no longer work. The US cannot afford to jail these perverts who cause so much destruction to our children and society.
As CNN reported, pedophiles are being released on bond, to rape more child victims. "A Texas man died Thursday shortly after being convicted of child sexual abuse. Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck told CNN Friday. ..."Leclair was facing five counts of child sexual abuse relating to the same victim, Beck said, and had been FREE ON BOND [emphasis added] until the verdict..." The average sentence for pedophiles in the US is 8-11 years in prison. There have been cases where pedophiles and rapists have been released into the community to make room for marijuana smokers.
Advocates for capital punishment do face considerable opposition at a time when the supposed human-rights of the perpetrator trump the rights of the victim. Opponents of the death penalty for pedophiles claim that some can be re-habilitated, that it is better to treat, release and monitor. But ultimately many of these culprits re-offend -- and totally destroy children's lives. One would think that US prisoners would want the lightest possible penalties for all crimes but this is not the case. Almost all US prisoners want the death penalty for child sex crimes.
If the Islamic Republic of Iran can do this, if India can do this, then this country should be copying good policy and apply capitol punishment for pedophilia. (This does not address Iran's horrible human rights record or other executions). We cannot stop child abuse here or around the world. What we can do is punish the worst crimes in our country appropriately.
One does not need to be a eugenecist to realise that all of society would benefit by giving American children the safest start possible by reducing the number of sexual predators of minors in the country. This is perhaps the most soul-destroying of all crimes, and deserves to be the highest priority in criminal justice penalties -- capital punishment. Our children deserve no less.