Yesterday I watched what I presume will be the final televised hearing of the January 6th Committee. At a few points I felt tears welling up, at other points rage took over. I must commend the committee for they have done an excellent and thorough job, despite the obstacles they have had to overcome. As Ms. Cheney said in her opening remarks, their job is not to bring charges, but to investigate and make referrals. It now falls to the Department of Justice to bring those charges and make them stick, to ensure that the name “Donald Trump” is not ever on a ballot in this nation again.
Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution clearly states that no person who took an oath in a public office and then participated in any way in an insurrection against the nation can ever be allowed to hold public office again. Bennie Thompson and his January 6th committee have clearly presented evidence of Trump’s involvement in the insurrection/attempted coup of January 6, 2021. Now, it is up to Merrick Garland to stop pussyfooting around and bring those charges!
A couple of other thoughts from Filosofa’s bouncy mind …
A sentence for life may be worse
For the record, I do not believe in the death penalty. Oh, I used to. I once thought it was not right for taxpayers to have to provide food, shelter and clothing for decades for a convicted murderer who would never be an asset to society. But, while I was doing post-graduate work many years ago, I took a course by The Innocence Project and my views changed. I learned about the times that people have been proven innocent, sometimes decades after being found guilty by a jury, and … well, what if we had executed them? It’s bad enough to think of an innocent man spending 20-30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, but if we executed him … there can be no remedy or reparations.
That said, I was momentarily taken aback last night when I read the jury’s decision in the case of Nikolas Cruz, the young man who murdered 17 people at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018. The jury was fully expected to hand down a death sentence, but instead went with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Understandably, families of the victims were horrified and angry. My first thought was that this might be the one time I would make an exception to being against the death penalty, for Cruz pleaded guilty on all 17 counts and there was no possibility that he would later be found innocent. But then I thought a little bit about it and …
I think Cruz will come to the point of wishing he had received a death sentence. Life in prison. He is only 24 years of age, so he could quite reasonably spend 50 years or more behind bars. And given his crime, the brutal murder of children, he will not be treated kindly by either fellow inmates or prison staff. Imagine never taking a walk in the woods, cooking your own food, going to bed and getting up at your own will again. Never. For decades. Oh yes, I think life in prison will end up being a much worse punishment than a quick execution would have been. In many ways, he will already be dead, yet still feel the pain with none of the joy of being alive. It is good enough for him.
And speaking of school shootings …
Another trial for Alex Jones, the man without a conscience, whose blatant lies and cooked up conspiracy theories led families of the murdered children in Sandy Hook Elementary School through a living hell. Yesterday, a jury ordered Jones to pay just short of $1 billion to the families of the victims. One lawyer called it “probably one of the largest defamation verdicts in U.S. history.” Deservedly so.
But do you think that for one minute Mr. Jones displayed grief or remorse for his actions? Think again. Jones pumped his fist in the air and said, “This is hilarious. Do these people actually think they’re getting any money?” What a slap in the face to the twenty children and six teachers who were killed in the 2012 shooting. What a knife to the heart of their surviving families. But wait … there’s more!
In the hours after Wednesday’s verdict, Jones’ supporters collectively donated no less than $185,000 to Mr. Jones, claiming that “left wing radicals are attempting to destroy Alex via the court system.” The people who donated even so much as one dollar to Jones need serious psychiatric counseling! Mr. Jones is the definition of cruelty and not worthy of the air he sucks up on this planet. There are far more worthy causes that I could find to donate money to than a man who attempted to make a mockery of the deaths of children!