Jails, losing your mind, and political opportunism.
Ranty essay, folks. Just wanted to say a coupla things that have struck me in recent weeks and months.
I left TOP and a coupla other forums recently, primarily because "Hillary fans" (to be nice with terms here) were all but jumping on every suggestion that Sanders was a human being and not a monster. They were all but jumping on the slightest suggestion that Hillary wasn't a saint . . . and, to make this even more ludicrous, accused others of insisting Sanders was -- which I actually never saw. The cognitive disconnect in those discussions was off the charts, so I left. Well, when it came to TOP, the flags and the temporary ban kinda helped my decision.
But now, I'm getting another kind of vibe among some exiles. A kind of personal obsession with Hillary that seems to have lost sight of what is really wrong with her and the system she protects. This vibe isn't much better than the one emitted from her (irrationally) devoted fans, and it includes a not so "progressive" desire to see her jailed.
In my view, America has a very nasty, sadistic, immoral, highly authoritarian penal system. We tend to throw non-violent "criminals" into jail at the drop of a hat, especially when it's also a victimless crime. IMO, incarcerating non-violent persons, convicted of victimless crimes, is profoundly immoral and indefensible, as are the laws themselves which criminalize these things. They should all be abolished. If the only thing you can get Hillary on is her private email server, I find it indefensible and unforgivable, and especially not "progressive," to want to jail her. If you can convict her of war crimes and similarly violent offenses? That is a different story. But not email servers.
Okay, so enough of that. The other bothersome thing for me is the sudden use of the No Fly lists by Democrats and Republicans to score political points. I am an adamant proponent of strict gun safety controls, but I want it done the right way, honestly, not through gimmicks -- especially when they entail disingenuous usage of lists that shouldn't exist. Republicans are being disingenuous and hypocritical for suddenly getting religion about "due process," while at the same time protecting the "no due process" lists themselves. It's only because of the side effect of guns that they suddenly found religion about due process and the Constitution. But they'd get rid of the lists entirely if they were honest about it.
The Dems are not much better. If they're good civil libertarians, they'd be fighting to end those lists, not use them to further a weak effort at gun control. They'd have the guts to just come out and push for an Australia-like ban -- which has been resoundingly successful, btw. No mass shootings there since it was put into effect, and gun homicide rates cut in half. Make the case for an across the board ban on semis, require licensing, registration, smart gun tech and so on, and push relentlessly for it, push gun fanatics into a corner and force them to defend endless gun carnage. If the GOP can try to repeal Obamacare 60 times, the Dems can go after our dangerously lax gun laws just as relentlessly.
As the young kids used to say, rant off.