Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
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Thoughts on Maurice Clemmons, Mike Huckabee, Willie Horton and Mike Dukakis

While I am no fan at all of Mike Huckabee or his ilk, I can't help but notice that many of the people calling for his head and/or chuckling at the damage that this has done to his political prospects are the same peoples who thought that the Willie Horton - Mike Dukakis affair was unfair.

They are also increasing the political pressure towards even more stupidly harsh sentencing and more executions, despite those things being against their own principles and ideals, for the sake of their own blind partisanship.

If a former governor is politically punished years after the fact for following the advice of the pardons and parol board, and the opinion of the sentencing judge, in deciding to issue pardons, especially to a minor who committed a non-violent crime, then soon enough, no governor will be willing to take the risk to issue pardons, except to wealthy well-connected powerful friends.

But the baying voices don't give a shit about such damage to our polity or our society, just so long as they get to pull out their partisan long knives, and take down a politician they don't like.

Feh on you all.
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