This is Why Criminals Go Free in America

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This is Why Criminals Go Free in America

Let me share with you a story of two arrests: Kyle Rittenhouse and Timothy Simpkins.

Kyle Rittenhouse

Kyle Rittenhouse shot three criminals in self-defense. Bail was set at $2 million dollars and he was released months later after raising bail money from public donations.

Timothy Simpkins

Timothy Simpkins brings a gun to school, shoots 4 people, including a teacher. His bail is set at $75 thousand dollars and he is released in less than 24 hours.

Both cases are still in play so it may be unfair to comment until the court cases are completed. However, at first glance, it seems that Rittenhouse was treated unfairly and that Simpkins was given more mercy than he deserved. Why is this the case? If this were an aberration of some sort, I would consider it an unfortunate chain of events. But it is not. There are numerous incidents of the legal system championing criminals over public safety. Here are just a few headlines…

And more often than not, these incidents happen in Democrat run cities.

The reason behind this, I think, is the adoption of Critical Legal Studies (also known as “Critical Legal Theory”) by the left. Like its insidious cousin – Critical Race Theory, Critical Legal Theory divides groups into the oppressed and the oppressors. Here is an explanation of Critical Legal Studies from Cornell Law School.

Critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory which states that the law is necessarily intertwined with social issues, particularly stating that the law has inherent social biases. Proponents of CLS believe that the law supports the interests of those who create the law. As such, CLS states that the law supports a power dynamic which favors the historically privileged and disadvantages the historically underprivileged. CLS finds that the wealthy and the powerful use the law as an instrument for oppression in order to maintain their place in hierarchy. Many in the CLS movement want to overturn the hierarchical structures of modern society and they focus on the law as a tool in achieving this goal.

Mind if I paraphrase the crux of Critical Legal Studies? Laws are not absolute but subjective with social justice deserving the highest consideration. For example, burning down and looting a shopping mall is illegal. However, burning down and looting a shopping mall in protest of the killing of George Floyd is excusable under the dictates of critical legal studies. A white person should go to jail for shooting someone, even in self-defense. However, a black person killing multiple innocents should receive mercy because as a descendant of slaves, he is oppressed.

Does it make sense? I don’t think so.

Is it fair? Certainly not.

Will it continue? Most definitely.

Keele University teaches Critical Legal Studies and at least one of their students is enamored with the curriculum. When asked to explain why he loved Critical Legal Studies he said…

“…it allows you to think about law not just as an abstract system of rules or rationalities or ideas but actually lets you think about laws as a system of values, attitudes, emotions, feelings, cultures,politics, interests and so on…”

Get it? If you break the law, there is no set penalty. You must take feelings and politics into consideration, cultures and attitudes as well. Sigh.

If I am ever in a situation where I have to call the police for assistance, I do not want the police to pause. I do not want them to think about my possible attitudes, emotions, feelings, cultures or politics. I want them to come and uphold the law and to do so equally, not equitably. The law should apply to everyone the same way; no matter what. Did I read that somewhere…? Yes, I did. Its in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Critical Legal Studies (CLS) are diametrically opposed to the US Constitution. CLS is influenced by the teachings of Karl Marx. Karl Marx believed that the elite’s very existence is due to the oppression of the masses and for that reason, the world’s systems and symbols should be torn down so all can be equal. In fact, the destruction of the US Constitution would be justified in the view of CLS. No wonder the left embraces it so warmly.


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