I’ve been thinking about this post for a long time. Originally, I had thought to write about tolerance, politics, education and public service. I wanted to call out individuals that I felt were aggressive, ignorant and completely dishonest.
I’m not entirely sure that would be beneficial these days.
There is one point that needs to be clearly and succinctly made: Anyone who says that “Liberals never blame the criminal,” is purposefully and willfully distorting the truth.
As a liberal who works in criminal justice–a public servant–the number one concern we have is how our clients take responsibility for their actions. Juveniles who do not take their offenses seriously, who do not own up to their actions, do not make it through the system. To say that we “always blame everyone but the offender” is utter bullshit.
Crime and violence do not occur in a vacuum. To assert that they do is to show complete and total ignorance on criminal behavior. Attitudes and behaviors are inextricably linked, and until individuals can begin to comprehend this not-so-subtle fact, I’m not so sure any discussion can be had.