The last 90 years of American politics and economic philosophy has been a conflict between two philosophies. The philosophy that made America, that of rugged individualism, equality of opportunity and free markets. The other is the philosophy of Franklin Roosevelt, that policy needs to focus first on the forgotten man. An interesting question is there room for both at the policy table?
The left would tell us that income inequality is the issue of our time. Income inequality is a not a problem, any more than inequality of talents, ambition, goals, or activities is a problem. Not everyone should earn the same because not everyone wants to earn the same, not everyone does the same thing, not everyone wants to live in the same type house or drive the same car. If we do different things, want different things, and contribute different things then why would we want to earn the same thing?
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How progressives misunderstand an important issue
Sentencing reform makes sense. Our laws are sometimes more political than related to safety and people are in prison for lengths of time that have no relation to public safety.
On the other hand, the number 1 correlation to lower violent crime is taking violent criminals off the streets and yes, putting them in prison. Sentencing reform should not be a stalking horse for false compassion that puts thugs and killers back in our community.
If you don't believe that they are violent still, look at the violence in our prisons and most incidents are not even reported. What would are violent crime rate be if they included in the statistics. I will include a link in the comments for your reading. Is that what progressives want in our neighborhoods? Coincidentally, the more they indiscriminately let people out, the more our crime Read more
Recently a Dover homeowner became the second person in a year to use a firearm to protect themselves from imminent danger. Dover Police reported the incident on their website.
Last August a man successfully used a firearm to protect his girlfriend from an attempted murder by her ex. The plan was to kill the entire family. The criminal ended up dead.
You are the first line of defense for your family. The police do a fine job, but no one can substitute for immediate action.
Senator Bryan Townsend is prime sponsor to Senate Bill 60 which is The TRUST bill. He thinks that people here illegally should be able to trust that we will hide them even when arrested for crimes. I thought that law enforcement had a public trust to enforce the law for the betterment of the community.
My own state representative is a cosponsor. I really don't understand how my honorable friend, Rep. Sean Lynn can co-sponsor SB 60 which would make Delaware a Sanctuary state. It would over rule local control of cities like Dover that choose to cooperate with federal authorities. If they want to instruct State Police to release back into the community potential felons, at least don't force the cities to do so. We have enough problems keeping law and order.
We didn't choose to cooperate in a vacuum. In 2007, 4 Delaware State University Students were shot and 3 died. A Peruvian Read more
It is stupid to give someone a criminal record for smoking marijuana. It is a problem House Bill 39 is attempting to address. Rep. Helene Keeley's bill makes it civil penalty. It is the exact wrong approach.
My city is suffering from drug related killings and violence. This bill will empower the illegal trade by preventing the police from doing anything when they find weed. Most heroin busts seem to come out of they pull a car over for speeding and smell weed. They search the car and find 100 bags of heroin. If we pass this, the legal merchants won't be able to sell it because they won't be able to get it in profitable quantities, but the criminals will be shielded. They will continue to destroy our neighborhoods. It also won't meet the objective of freeing up the criminal justice system. Most police officers use common sense. They won't arrest someone for small amounts of Read more
The Delaware State Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 40 by Karen Peterson, which would repeal the death penalty, Thursday. The vote barely received the required majority of 11 votes. (Roll call here)
The repeal vote saw support and opposition that defied normal lines of party, ideology, and geography, which normally are on display in state issues. Downstate Conservatives such as Senators Simpson and Lopez supported the repeal while upstate liberals such as Senators Hall-Long, Poore, and Marshall opposed it. Overall 3 Republicans crossed over to support the repeal and 4 Democrats opposed it.
Analysis--What you may not know about the dynamics of this debate
Supporters turned down amendments to keep the death penalty for law enforcement, ignoring arguments that it protects law enforcement from being targets by people who have nothing more to lose (if they are already facing life Read more
Delaware Grapples with Issue
While the state works to set standards for the cameras, Baltimore and 22 communities have moved forward. Baltimore is set to start a pilot program in November and roll out the full program in 2016.
State civil libertarians and local police groups are battling over what gets to be made public and when. Police groups want certain exemptions from FOIA for the recordings to avoid jeopardizing cases and expensive long term storage.
In Delaware, there is a quiet review, some view it as when and how not if the cameras will become part of state policing. The state NAACP is advocating their use once privacy and other concerns are taken into account. In a December 22, 2014 joint press statement with the NAACP, Secretary Schiliro issued the following:
“We know the use of body cameras is inevitable and we view these cameras as a positive step that can Read more
I have been critical of the movement to decriminalize pot. Now Slate has an article that shows decriminalization makes it more likely to cause interaction with the justice system for the offense especially for minorities.
Well, the great promise of decriminalization is that it will stop putting people in jail for minor offenses, right? And most states, when they decriminalize an offense, they eliminate jail as a potential punishment for it: The statute might say, for example, that the maximum penalty for marijuana possession is a $250 fine. However, if someone then fails to pay that $250, the courts can and often do take measures that result in incarceration anyway. For example, they can issue a failure-to-pay warrant. Or they can use the power of contempt to incarcerate people for failure to pay. In other words, they’re in contempt of the order to pay $250 and are jailed—not for Read more
Monday night, something good happened. Dover City Council added authorization for 10 police officers. Dover will still have a slightly smaller PD than Salisbury which has around 6000 fewer residents or around 15 short of Annapolis which has about the same population. The need is real. More important than the numbers is that the Chief has an intelligent plan to restaff community policing, restart PAL, restore interactions with neighborhood watches and other anti-crime groups, and staff a street crimes unit like the one in the successful end of year trial. I support the plan. Judging from an outpouring of citizens from business people to pastors to retired residents to college students that reflected the ethnic mix of the city, the citizens strongly support it.
What I was not enthusiastic about was the change in strategy to implement it. Dover has a crime problem,not a crime crisis. Read more
Update: Due to rain, the event has been moved to Saturday the 10th.
In the last 10 years 1500 members of law enforcement lost their lives in service to the people. Yet, the hard left is targeting them with distortions and lies. It is a hallmark of the left to undermine the institutions of a nation. They have done so with marriage, family, the military in the Vietnam era, the CIA, business, the Church, and now is the time for law enforcement again. We stood up to them when the anti-war crowd had elements who wanted to be anti-troop. We need to do the same to the hate the cops and we want them dead crowd. We need to rally to show support for that thin blue line between order and disorder.
I strongly support law enforcement, but I especially support local law enforcement that is accountable to the people themselves. That is why I support a constitutional sheriff, and that is Read more
A program allowing the Dover Police to recruit part time "cadets" to join the community police program and add patrols to the downtown business district is likely to pass Dover City Council in the January 12, 2015 meeting. Background information is here.
Bernat is proposing that the city hire at least six cadets, with an emphasis on bringing in local college students who are majoring in criminal justice.
The cadets would be given up to three weeks of training from Dover police instructors, as well as additional, supervised on-the-beat experience. Bernat said each cadet would patrol downtown, including the city library, for about 20 hours per week, including weekends.
The cadets would be uniformed and carry all necessary police equipment, with the exception of firearms, he said.
Read more: http://www.doverpost.com/article/20141203/News/141209924#ixzz3NRfIfhEs
With its emphasis Read more
Hands up, don't shoot! Too bad Michael Brown didn't say that. He would still be alive. I would to GOD that he would have taken a knee and put his hands up. Better yet, just shrug his shoulders in the first place and walk on the stupid sidewalk like the intelligent college bound man he was. Instead, he choose to impress the hoodlum, high friend with him and died like a fool. Yeah, I know his co-conspirator in a robbery and later assault on a police officer told us that myth, but the unbiased witnesses, the DNA, the Forensic reports, and three autopsies all show that was not true. Read the hard evidence your self. How do intelligent college students at UMES fall for this fraud? They didn't do their research. Why should I blame them, 4 members of Congress did the same thing. The fact that the White House sent 3 representatives to Brown's funeral without knowing any facts, gave legs to this Read more
People are drawing the wrong lessons from Michael Brown's tragic death. Racism didn't kill him. Bad decision making killed him. The pop culture that celebrates him based upon the myth by his hoodlum accomplice is also at the heart of the problem by celebrating criminals, gangstas, no snitch, and slackers. It was tragic that Brown made bad decisions. It is these bad decisions that in microcosm go to the heart of a disease starting to infect our country.
People feel that they need to respect no one. He decided that he would get high. bad decision one. Then steal from a store, bad decision 2. Decision 3, when confronted knock the store personnel down another bad decision. Decision 4, instead of keeping a low profile walk in the middle of a street. Decision 5, when an officer yells at him and his friend to get out of the road (professionally asking them move to the sidewalk would have Read more
The killing of an unarmed Michael Brown, who was black, in one-sided shoot out with a police officer who was white in Ferguson, Missouri set off a national firestorm. At the epicenter were protests by many and even riots by a criminal subset , then came the rest of the story. It appeared the unarmed man attacked an armed Policeman in his own squad car. He attempted to take his weapon, injuring the officer. When he came back toward the officer, the officer naturally would not allow him another attempt. He shot and killed him. That is one incredible turn of events.
Not so said some witnesses. The gentle giant was gunned down for failing to walk on the sidewalk. Others seem to give a different tale. Who is right? I am not sure anyone knows outside of those who have the secret grand jury evidence and testimony. I cannot make a judgment or take sides without the information needed Read more
Dover's bloody Sunday with 2 two dead and 1 in serious condition for the normally quiet Capital City's 2nd and 3rd murders is cause for concern. 3 murders have occurred in 31 days after only 1 murder in more than a year and a half. Two occurred in broad daylight and at least one may be linked to a Pennsylvania assailant. The other was a shooting as people were leaving a party. Two were injured, the two had no connection except being at the same location last night. Of course Wilmington had an issue this weekend as well.
Speaking specifically to the fact that 3 black youth have been killed in my district in the past month, I think we have a real problem. Sure at least some of the problem is out of state criminals visiting people here, but why haven't they been reported? A group has approached those of us on city council about alleged lynchings in the area. At least one person was Read more
They lost their minds in Austin. They indicted Governor Perry for exercising his legal and constitutional authority in an open and transparent fashion. They claimed he abused his power. Now that is not a criminal issue, that is a political issue taken care of by legislative overrides, court injunctions, elections, or in extreme cases impeachment. When you start to criminalize the political system, you become either third world or Italy. The people who did this need to be indicted for a misuse of the criminal justice system and false charges, better yet Perry should call a special session and the prosecutor should be put on impeachment charges.
Perry had no personal benefit and was acting in what he believed was the public interest of not having a drunk who allegedly resisted arrest as head of a prosecutorial unit. I personally think arrest is not a conviction and people should have their Read more
206,001 children live in Delaware according to the census bureau, but 117 new visitors are getting all of the attention. 117 children are the number the federal government reports to the state that 117 children have been sent to Delaware from the last group of 57,000 children who fled Central America. It appears the administration has no intention of even letting the Democrats in on the plan until after the fact.
No money to take care of the bills. No political cover. Just backtracking. If that is the way the administration treats its allies, is their any wonder Republicans don't trust it?
The children have a right to due process. They have a right to stay with family. The problem is that public health has a right to know what diseases if any they are bringing in to the state. The local tax payer has a right to avoid unfunded mandates. The local police have a right to know if Read more
One of my favorite TV shows is Persons of Interest on CBS. It is a series about a computer program that is constantly spying on us, so it really plays into the concern that many people have with the surveillance state. Of course the program was installed for a good reason, to track down terrorists and prevent them from carrying out attacks, but since the program tracks everyone it could also be used to prevent murder and crimes on a smaller scale, but that was outside the scope of the governments interest so the programs designer created a backdoor to give him access to the more personal crimes so he could do something about them. He gets a former military/government operative to help him do the heavy lifting and BAM you have a really intense and engaging story.
Well, rather than science fiction, I think people will look back on this series as a thriller, but also as a historical fiction. Read more
In an unprecedented ruling overturning the conviction of 2nd degree murder, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled the verdict had to be overturned because the prosecuter said the state's witnesses testimony was right and correct. The jury may have been swayed by the prosecuter vouching for the testimony. I suspect that one day, moral and immoral will be added to the banned list along with reading from the Bible and right and correct.
Really? If the prosecuter did not believe the testimony, than the case should not have been brought. Do our elite judges really think the public serving on juries are that week minded?
Next ruling may be child molester freed because Delaware Supreme Court believed that the AG's office used Jedi mind tricks. Read more
The following paper represents the position of the police chiefs throughout Delaware.
The intent is to provide an objective and fact-based viewpoint that is opposed to the repeal of capital punishment. In summary, the Delaware Police Chiefs Council would urge the honorable members of this General Assembly to consider the following key points that are detailed within the report:
• The Delaware constituents have throughout history expressed their opinion that the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment for murder of an aggravated nature.
To supplant the opinion of the people as to what is right and just will result in further undermining the integrity of the criminal justice system as a whole.
• The U.S. Supreme Court agrees that the death penalty for an abhorrent crime such as murder is not cruel and unusual and that it is up to the people to make that determination.
To Read more
After giving up on changing the sentences for current death row murderers, the Senate passed over bipartisan and law enforcement opposition to repeal the state death penalty. The bill goes on the House. 3 Republicans crossed over to support the bill, led by the Minority Leader.
Yes: 11 No: 10 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 0
Blevins Y Hocker N Peterson Y
Bonini N Lavelle N Pettyjohn N
Bushweller Y Lawson N Poore N
Cloutier Y Lopez Y Simpson Y
Ennis N Marshall Y Sokola Y
Hall-Long N McBride N Townsend Y
Henry Y McDowell Y Venables N
Delaware's Republican Legislators have a plan to keep your children safe.
Delaware House and Senate Republicans have unveiled a package of legislative proposals aimed at improving overall public safety in Delaware. Our reforms are simple, make sense and have the safety of all of our children at heart. Our legislation has 4 parts.
1.A House bill creating the Delaware School Safety and Security Fund for emergency expenditures to improve school safety
2.A Senate Concurrent Resolution that will examine implementing a system to allow emergency text messages to be sent to Delaware 9-1-1 call centers
3.A House bill requiring the installation of a “crisis button” in each Delaware public school to alert law enforcement when there is an emergency
4.A package that will be introduced includes the following firearms-related bills •A House bill increasing the penalties that relate Read more
The anti-death penalty brigades are trolling Delaware. The pro-law enforcement community is rallying. Who will win? Most discussions will focus on the politics, the idea of the one innocent person, racial disparities, or even back and forth discussions about the effectiveness or costs. All are worthy points.
Discussing the meaning of justice is not a particularly trendy, but it is fundamental to the discussion. The idea of justice is proportional punishment as opposed to Hatfield McCoy type vengeance cycles. It is an eye for eye and tooth for a tooth not you knocked my tooth out so I take your eye out, you take my eye out so I kill you. You killed my child so I wipe out your entire clan. Justice protects the innocent and even the guilty. It says that when someone steals they repay plus a penalty for the harm done to the victim. The Scripture says if you catch a thief, he shall Read more
If the Lenient Left gets their way undermining the death penalty, we may see more of this
. I believe it is an outrage. Justice demands retribution when a person is killed in cold blood while sleeping on his own couch.