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Canada’s Justice System -Abdication of Responsibility Part 2

9 Aug

In my previous post, I outlined that the goal of a justice system is not to fix injustice, but, to enable a just society by punishing unjust activity. It starts with the old axiom that two wrongs don’t make a right. It follows from there that punishments can only act as deterrent if the goal is to build a truly just society.

There is a distinct lack of will to punish criminals all over the modern West, in particular Canada, caused by a growing belief among jurists that incarceration is cruel and unjust. The Supreme Court knocked down a law mandating a minimum sentence for possession of an illegal firearm. If you were an anti-gun activist, you should have been outraged. The reason none were? The law punished the law breaker, not the gun.

In Canada and elsewhere, the rash of releases for COVID-19 has spawned a subesequent rash of crime.

It is not easy to deal out a just punishment. It takes a lot of courage to take the step of handing out discipline and assume the responsibility of the life of the incarcerated. Ask any parent how hard it is to discipline their own children but the rewards in future behavior are worth it. Modern leftist ideology has trouble with this fact. Unfortunately, the result is not just increased crime, but a society with a more tenuous grasp of the very concept of justice and morally inverted society.

Modern liberal minds find it difficult to muster the kind of courage it takes to punish criminals. Light bail conditions are given to violent criminals who then commit more crime. I don’t have statistics on crime sentencing in Canada – that’s not what this blog post is about. You can see incidents of generous bail conditions and light sentencing/early release resulting in more crime. If you want to search the database, you’ll be sure to find a lot: Peel , Toronto.

Recently, a young woman was killed by her boyfriend after he was released with a GPS tracker after being charged for possession of an illegal firearm. Despite having numerous domestic violence complaints, a nation that claims it is intent on cracking down on firearm violence by restricting gun ownership allowed a man to be released who was known to ignore release conditions who was arrested for GUN CRIMES!

But increased crime is just the beginning of a society that won’t accept its moral responsibility to punish criminals. By allowing the mindset to continue, morally outrageous crimes are absorbed into the zeitgeist of the country.

There are some crimes so unconscionable that the perpetrators must not be let out into the population to live normal lives. Doing so, only allow the moral errors grow within society.

Karla Homolka was guilty of some of the most heinous crimes ever to occur in Canada. But, the woman was released with a light sentence (11 years) so she could testify against her accomplice and boyfriend, Paul Bernardo.

She now lives somewhere near Montreal, Quebec raising children.

Every person must live with their past. Homolka must wake some nights with the sound of screams from her own sister and 2 other victims she helped murder. Perhaps she has somehow grappled with her moral failings and reached some type of internal redemption – a gargantuan task, a moral achievement of the ages. Even if somehow she is a guru of human moral self-forgiveness, the permanent stain on her soul must cause some unimaginable psychic pain.

Every person must live with their past. Homolka must wake some nights with the sound of screams from her own sister and 2 other victims she helped murder. Perhaps she has somehow grappled with her moral failings and reached some type of internal redemption – a gargantuan task, a moral achievement of the ages. Even if somehow she is a guru of human moral self-forgiveness, the permanent stain on her soul must cause some unimaginable psychic pain.

I have no idea what this sort of moral torture must do to a person. I live with my own past failings and sometimes struggle to reconcile it with the person I am now. But, someone responsible for this level of evil could not be mentally healthy without some miracle-level spiritual healing.

We have allowed this woman to rejoin society, live a normal life and raise children. How can someone who has such a past teach children about right and wrong. The children carry the mark on her soul themselves.

Imagine finding out that your child was friends with one of her children. Would you feel safe if they visited her house?

This is how evil grows within a society. Our society is morally lost and does not know it.

It is time to purge our justice system of its cowardice. Only a society willing to face its demons can maintain its path to righteousness. Rebuilding a righteous society from the growing heap of wickedness will not be easy, but the alternative is disturbing.