I read President Obama’s recent essay in the Belleville News-Democrat concerning use of solitary confinement in prisons with interest. Pardon my skepticism. The author is no longer running for office but once a politician, always a politician.
He proclaimed, “As president, my most important job is to keep American people safe.”
I guess the president doesn’t watch the nightly news. All those who feel safer, please raise your hand. I’m a lot more concerned about those that need to be in prison but aren’t, at least not yet. Meanwhile the president is more focused on the rights of prisoners over non-prisoners.
Obama’s been in the White House for over seven years, but is just now getting around to voicing his concern. He was at the nation’s helm during the sad saga of Kalief Browder that he used as a lead-in for his essay.
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Obama also highlighted his recent executive efforts to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences. Hasn’t he watched “Breaking Bad?” Drug dealing is not like Aunt Mary selling jams and jellies from her back porch. It’s a big money industry which attracts unsavory characters that are hyper-focused on fattening their wallets or funding their bad habits at any cost.
I’m all for second chances and redemption, but let’s walk softly on releasing convicted drug offenders. Like President George W. Bush once said, “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Bill Malec, O’Fallon