JEFF SESSIONS WEEK: The Case for Jeff Sessions (He’s Actually Good)
My fellow Americans, it is time we heard both sides about Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. A devoted public servant, Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1980s Alabama due to allegations of “racism” because the forces of political correctness were so strong in that time and place. Nevertheless, he persisted and went on to serve his country for many years as a legislator. Now, as Attorney General, he has been grossly maligned for re-declaring a War on Drugs. His criminal justice policy has tended toward the noble undoing of incremental reforms of Obama administration to return to the status quo of the Bush and Clinton years.
Sessions recently issued a directive instructing prosecutors to charge drug defendants with the most serious crime applicable, overturning his predecessor’s cowardly memo to avoid triggering mandatory minimums. Earlier this year, Sessions instructed the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division to de-emphasize investigating police departments in favor of being supportive. He also canned Obama’s plan to phase out private prisons. He has spoken at length about the need to be tougher on drug crime.
Jeff Sessions has been unfairly criticized for taking common-sense measures to crack down on crime. Some hard truths for you:
— Putting young people in prison is fiscally responsible. It saves taxpayers the money that would otherwise be spent on their education.
— Continuing to rely on private prisons is a good thing. Private prison contracts incentivize the client (the government) to fill all prison beds, which leads states to push for more arrests and convictions; what this means is that private prisons have the salutary effect of encouraging productivity in the public sector.
— Policing the police diverts valuable resources away from supplying the police with urgently necessary equipment such as M16 and M14 rifles, bayonets, armored trucks, military-armored vehicles, mine-resistant vehicles, combat/assault/tactical wheeled vehicles, C4, TNT, potassium chlorate, plastic explosive, night-vision sights, sniper scopes, laser telescopes, grenade launchers, and swords.
— A tough-on-crime vision is just what we need to restore law and order in this country. There is no respect for the laws of God and man anymore. Criminals are running amok in our neighborhoods committing heinous crimes such as laughing at Jeff Sessions.
— It is imperative that we maintain the 18-to-1 sentencing disparity for possession of crack cocaine compared to powder cocaine. Powder cocaine is much more expensive, so the people who buy it tend to be successful members of the community and should not be robbed of the bright life ahead of them, which is providence.
— Just because crime is reportedly near an all-time low doesn’t mean we should lapse in our vigilance: just like laughing, not reporting a crime is a crime, but we have no way of knowing how often that particular crime is committed, so we don’t know how many crimes aren’t reported, which means there could be millions of crimes that we don’t know we don’t know about.
— America was built on Christianity — the one true faith, one that emphasizes love and mercy — and an equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and if we were to consider thinking of criminals and suspected criminals as human beings, weaker minds might start to believe that this country does not live up to its stated values.
—Prison labor paid a few dollars an hour is necessary, or else American-made food, military gear, furniture, home goods, law enforcement equipment, school supplies, and undergarments would be far too expensive.
— Defendants have no common sense: those who haven’t committed a crime would see no need to plead guilty rather than go to trial, because an innocent person can just pay their bail and wait for their case to be tried, confident they’ll be acquitted. You might argue that this is unfair to people who can’t afford bail and have to spend that time in prison, but if you can’t afford bail, you shouldn’t walk around fitting a description or otherwise looking suspicious. It’s unAmerican to do that, and criminal defendants deserve whatever happens to them.
— If we had to reconsider drug laws and how they’re enforced on the grounds that they violate civil rights, we would have to call into question the morality of our entire criminal justice system.
— Reagan- and Clinton- era criminal justice policies never really ended anyway; all that really changed in the Obama years was a consensus that reducing the prison population is good because it saves money. Critics of Sessions are making far too much of a fuss about accounting.
—Contrary to what advocates for reform have been saying, the criminal justice system is not broken. It’s working exactly as intended. Phew!