It wasn’t all that long ago that quite a few Republicans had climbed on board the “criminal justice reform” bandwagon and were complaining how mean and racist all the laws were. You still see some conservatives repeating the lefty talking point that the 1994 Crime Bill was somehow racist. (Not only wasn’t it racist, it was a heavily watered-down approach that was supported by black leaders.)
After the BLM race riots, conservatives have hesitantly pivoted back to trying to get back to where we were before shoplifting was legalized and looting stores became a fun weekday activity. Like a lot of conservative projects, this tends to involve complaining about how things are and suggesting they’d be satisfied to back to the way things were in 2018, with little in the way of meaningful proposals to make that happen.
Meanwhile, Gov. DeSantis decided to jam the Overton Window hard in the other direction.
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined a sweeping criminal justice proposal that came packed with changes that have long been politically popular with conservatives, setting up a fight with outmatched Democrats during the 2023 legislative session.
At both events, DeSantis stressed he wanted the GOP-led Legislature to change Florida law to allow juries to administer the death penalty by a supermajority rather than requiring unanimity, which has been state law since 2017. DeSantis has tied this proposal to the case of the Parkland school shooter, who shot and killed 17 people but was spared the death penalty because one of the jurors was against the death penalty.
“One juror should not be able to veto that,” DeSantis said Thursday. “I don’t think justice was served.”…
DeSantis also wants to consider allowing the death penalty for child rapists and at least make sure they serve life in prison. He also wants to eliminate “gain time,” which offers reduced sentences for good behavior, for those convicted of attempted sexual misconduct or battery.
Now, that’s what criminal justice reform looks like.
And, tactically speaking, this forces the lefties and their media to frantically scurry and defend child rapists and school shooters. It’s a losing battle. Applying the death penalty to murderers has been an uphill battle. Applying it to child rapists would be harder to actually implement, but it’s the kind of issue that lefties would swarm around and that turns into a debate about whether we should be tougher or softer on child rapists.
Strategically, it leaves elite white lefties isolated on the issue.
It’s obviously a lot easier to take the battle to the enemy when you have the electoral high ground, but it’s remarkable how few red state governors actually do it. There are lessons to be learned here.
The Left understands that our society is broken and up for grabs. It goes for the Overton Window as hard as it can because it knows the guardrails are gone. Conservatives critique the Left’s window-opening skills while doing little in response or offering counter-proposals. If the Left wants to legalize pedophilia, proposing the death penalty for pedophiles is a neat counter. Which one is the public more likely to support at a gut level?
Una Salus says
The Left goes for it because their opposition is weak, feckless and concerned with occupying a moral high ground that has no mass media resonance and therefore might as well be the sound of one hand clapping.
It goes for it because the success of DeSantis interests Republicans only to the extent that it makes them look bad. It is not the game they want to play. They like their game not his and hence he is resented,
Much better to idolise Trump with his WWF charisma. The best defence might be a good offence but you don’t need that when your only plan is to get elected by default after Dem overreach. In fact Dem overreach is what you need to get elected.
I don’t idolize anyone.
Una Salus says
Newt has sold this silver haired patrician DC plan quite skilfully. It has been a unmitigated disaster for over 40 years but Newt is not a stupid person so it must be doing something for the silver DC foxes.
Kynarion Hellenis says
Without comment upon the substance of this article, I have hesitation about supermajority juries. The holdout juror who did not believe in the death penalty should have been weeded out during voir dire and struck for cause. An alternate juror could then take his place, one who had not lied about his scruples against the death penalty.
Our system only works when people take their oaths seriously and are grounded in western principles, to which we need to return unapologetically.
People who do not want equality under the law and the rule of law should live in the societies they create and not force their chaos and destruction upon us.
Una Salus says
All water under the bridge. It makes a peaceful sound.
Kynarion Hellenis says
DeSantis’ proposal is great. The left uses the Overton window to great effect, inuring us to that which was intolerable. Progress has become very rapid as our Judeo-Christian morality collapses. But our Judeo-Christian morality is based upon Truth, and so a return to it is natural even for the non-Jew and non-Christian.
But, why can we not, a la DeSantis, collapse the Overton window? Pedophiles SHOULD receive the death penalty. To rape an innocent child is to steal the life of the child. Technically, the child breathes and so is alive, but is irrevocably damaged because sex crimes have a spiritual component that damages the soul.
But is not justice served when the culprit is placed in general population? Even our criminals know right and wrong, and that some crimes deserve death even though the victim is breathing in and out. Would not justice be served by castration? We could allow the convicted criminal freely to choose between gen pop or castration.
Spurwing Plover says
The left wants all convicted felons released and allowed to roam the streets to commit more crimes to give the left aa excuse to disarm their victims why else dose the Democrats want gun control/confiscation