Wednesday, December 26, 2007

On Willie Horton 
I decided to crosspost this to Countercolumn.

I had to respond on Matt Yglesias's blog to this specific comment:

"Dukakis didn't mess up. He didn't wake up one day and decide to free Horton. He was governor at a time when MA had a furlough programme."

(Scroll down to Dec 26 at 4:16pm for the original).

My response:

You shameless liar.

Michael Dukakis was an ardent defender of the furlough programme, dating back to his first term as Governor, which began in 1975 - more than a decade before Horton was released on furlough. Dukakis, inexplicably, continued to defend the programme even into the 1988 elections.

Willie Horton was a murderer. Say it with me slow. A mur-der-er. Who was in prison without possibility of parole. Dukakis defended the furlough programme for its rehabilitative properties. What this idiot thought rehabilitating people who were incarcerated without possibility of parole was supposed to accomplish I can't imagine. It probably takes a liberal to excuse something that stupid. But let's take a closer look at Horton, as he was percieved - correctly, it turns out -- by the judge who sentenced him:

"I'm not prepared to take the chance that Mr. Horton might again be furloughed or otherwise released. This man should never draw a breath of free air again."

This is the man whom Dukakis released. This is the programme that Dukakis defended in 1976 and in 1988.

Defended in 1976, you say? Yes. Here are the facts:

The state legislature passed a law authorizing the furlough program, which was signed into law by Dukakis' predecessor, a Republican. But the genius liberals on the Massachussetts State Supreme Court found that the law, as written, also applied to first degree murderers.

Now, clear-reasoning people rightly see that as insane. And so the Massachussetts legislature passed a law exempting first-degree murderers. You know. Like Willie Horton.

In 1976, Governor. Dukakis. Vetoed. That. Law.

Don't you dare try to excuse Dukakis from responsibility for that programme. His fingerprints are all over the furlough programme. And he went to the mat insisting that it apply to first degree murderers.

Splash, out


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