April 04, 2012

One BIG reason to be glad you live in the United States

And that is: We haven't yet totally succumbed to the absolute and preposterous inanity that is identity political correctness.

Example #1: In the UK, a country without a First Amendment, mind you, if you utter something "offensive," you can be fined ... and even jailed. Granted, a lot of what people have said there is offensive -- to me, at least -- but who is to judge?? Much like hate crimes law here in the US, these anti-free speech measures are selectively enforced, and I bet you can pretty much figure out just which groups benefit most. As John O'Sullivan writes, in the UK "it sometimes seems that the police are never too busy to investigate a Christian soapbox orator for quouting Deuteronomy but always too busy to chase a burglar or mugger before he gets too far away."

Example #2: In Canada, a guy who punched a bus driver in the face leaving him requiring plastic surgery was spared a serious sentence ... because he is part Native American:

Instead, citing Mr. Louie’s aboriginal ancestry as one of several mitigating factors, Provincial Court Judge Karen Walker handed the 22-year-old an 18-month conditional sentence to be served at a rehab residence, 200 hours of community service and two years probation. The Crown had urged a prison sentence of nine to 12 months.

In pronouncing sentence, Judge Walker acknowledged the severity of Mr. Louie’s sucker punch against a vulnerable victim, who was simply doing his job. But she said the Criminal Code requires that “all available sanctions” be considered before sending an aboriginal offender to jail. The section was recently upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Circumstances of aboriginals in Canada, given their traumatic history, are different from non-aboriginal offenders, Judge Walker said, citing previous court rulings. While Mr. Louie, with an aboriginal mother and father of Russian ancestry, does not live in a native community, he has been afflicted with fetal alcohol syndrome and psychological stress all his life, the judge told the court. “They were not of his making.”

But no worries: the judge "warned him that any breach of her strict conditions, including a ban on drugs and alcohol, would likely send him to prison. (My emphasis.) But I'm sure some other PC "extenuating circumstances" will pop up enabling her to remain lenient.

Posted by Hube at April 4, 2012 04:07 PM | TrackBack

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Canada! It's time for "the talk". The non-aboriginal version.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at April 11, 2012 10:10 AM