President Obama visiting the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma in July (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama is attempting to fundamentally redefine and mainstream criminal behavior by fast-tracking criminals' federal employment applications, weakening criminal law penalties, and trafficking in get-out-of-jail-free cards for tens of thousands of imprisoned federal drug offenders.
Releasing prisoners because it's not fair to keep them locked up for their crimes, defending lawless so-called sanctuary cities, and banning the metaphorical (and sometimes literal) criminal record box on job applications, are Obama's goals.
Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu (R) warns that the administration's claim that the roughly 1,700 illegal alien inmates -- who are part of the group of 6,112 new parolees -- will face deportation is nonsense. "There’s no chance of them being deported to their country of origin and this is just another lie."
But Obama doesn't care about what his critics say.
The most radical left-wing American president in history is defining deviancy down by attempting to de-stigmatize criminality. The Left views criminals -- especially minorities -- as victims of society, oppressed for merenonconformism. Because it needs their votes, the Left is pressing for the restoration of felons' voting rights.
Of course, a criminal record carries with it a degree of social stigma, as it should. Removing or watering down that socially beneficial stigma reduces disincentives to commit crimes and hinders the marginalization of the antisocial. Without stigma and social ostracism, society would eventually collapse.
This is fine by our malignantly narcissistic Marxist president who, seeing the law in capitalist America largely as an instrument of oppression, seeks to blunt and retrofit it.
This racial polarizer continually pushes the lie that he is a racial healer. To him the fact that African-Americans are the most incarcerated group in the U.S. is proof not that they commit a lot of crimes but that they are innocent victims of racist, systemic discrimination in a country where race relations haven't improved much since Jim Crow.
"One of the things that I've consistently said as president is that I'm the president of all people," Obama said Monday. "I am very proud that my presidency can help to galvanize and mobilize America on behalf of issues of racial disparity and racial injustice."
Obama hopes the next president will "be just as concerned as I am because this is part of what it means to perfect our union." To Obama, perfection is code for destruction.
He is not motivated by compassion. He wants to make criminals -- an important constituency for the Democratic Party -- mainstream, even cool, and he's done more for the cause than gangsta rappers could ever hope to achieve on their own.
Obama is depopulating the nation’s prisons. The scheduled release of 6,112 allegedly non-violent drug offenders over the past week, the largest one-time release of federal inmates ever, constitutes "the largest prison break in U.S. history," said Sheriff Babeu. More mass prisoner purges are planned.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) warned recently that "when we release large numbers of criminals early, we know that a substantial number of those individuals will commit murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes that would have been prevented had they remained in prison."
FBI Director James Comey agrees. In a recent speech Comey said when he was a prosecutor in Virginia:
The notion of a “non-violent” drug gang member would have elicited a tired laugh from a resident of Richmond’s worst neighborhoods. Because the entire trade was a plague of violence that strangled Richmond’s black neighborhoods. The lookouts, runners, mill-workers, enforcers, and dealers were all cut from the same suffocating cloth. Whether they pulled the trigger or not, those folks were killing the community.
White House retainers were also reportedly freaked out when Comey warned of the "Ferguson effect," which refersto police failing to enforce the law, avoiding discretionary enforcement activities, or failing to defend themselves properly, all because they don't want to be accused of racism. For serially, publicly criticizing Obama's huge explusion of "non-violent" prisoners and the increasingly violent Black Lives Matter movement, Comey was summoned to the White House.
Obama is simultaneously rolling out the red carpet for criminals in the hope they will secure jobs in the federal government.
The most felon-friendly president in American history directed federal agencies this week to "ban the box" in hiring decisions, which means they will be forbidden from asking prospective government employees about their criminal histories on job applications. At some indefinite point in the hiring process a criminal record check will take place -- at least in theory.
It amounts to an executive clemency that initially nullifies criminal convictions of ex-cons seeking federal employment and effectively penalizes law-abiding citizens for their good behavior, making them the equals of criminals.
Under Obama some agencies already process applications subject to an eventual criminal check, but this new diktat requires uniform human resources rules across all agencies.The government "should not use criminal history to screen out applicants before we even look at their qualifications," Obama speechified Monday.
A criminal record is "relevant ...we're not suggesting ignore it," the man whose administration is now substitutingthe Orwellian euphemism "justice-involved youth" for "juvenile delinquent," told an audience.
"Give folks a chance to get through the door ... so they can make their case," said the man who hired the as-of-now un-indicted Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights promptly griped that the box-banning wasn't enough. They want criminal inquiries delayed on applications for employment with federal contractors as well.
The profoundly ugly idea today's leftists share is that criminality itself is an illegitimate concept. The leftist chanting of mindless "no one is illegal" drivel at open-borders rallies is part of the same school of thought.
Two-time Communist Party USA vice presidential candidate Angela Davis blazed a trail years ago by demanding the release of all minority criminals because they were "political prisoners" of the racist United States, victims of a capitalist “prison-industrial complex.” Along the same lines, communist lawyer and Sixties counterculture hero William Kunstler opined that "any criminal trial in this country is an oppression" and that police are "an army of occupation" in big cities.
Obama and his beloved Black Lives Matter movement, an ongoing RICO conspiracy that embraces looting as legitimate, even healthy, political expression, are carrying on the "social justice" efforts of Bill Ayers, Davis, and Kunstler.
Obama's sustained assault on America's legal infrastructure has become particularly fierce in the twilight years of his presidency because, having conned his away into the Oval Office twice, he knows he will never have to face the voters again. Obama knows he'll get away with all the damage he is inflicting on America -- and that spineless congressional Republicans, even many self-described conservatives, won't do much to stop him.
If he could, Obama would force all employers to waste resources non-judgmentally processing the applications of criminals. Banks would have to consider applicants with embezzlement convictions and pray evidence of that criminality surfaces before they're given keys to the vault.
Hillary, now a presidential candidate, sympathizes. In what may turn out to be the greatest campaign trail Freudian slip of all time, Mrs. Clinton, currently under FBI investigation, said Oct. 30 that "as president I will take steps to 'ban the box,' so former presidents won’t have to declare their criminal history at the very start of the hiring process."
The former first lady, who suffered what Bill Clinton called a "terrible" traumatic brain injury that "required six months of very serious work to get over," did not correct herself. The proposed policy, in the improbable form stated by Hillary, apparently would not apply to her husband because he has always managed to sleaze his way out of criminal accusations.
Obama also supports the sanctuary cities movement which gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans. Cheered on by the Left, hundreds of sanctuary jurisdictions that are in open rebellion against federal law, frustrate immigration enforcement efforts and shield illegal aliens as a matter of policy. Obama is fine with dangerous illegal alien criminals being dumped in the nation's cities.
The notorious wife-beating outlaw sheriff of San Francisco, Ross Mirkarimi (D), whose gun permit was revoked and driver's license suspended in February for failure to report a car accident, is a poster boy for both the sanctuary cities and anti-incarceration movements. Over the objections of immigration authorities, he released an oft-deported illegal alien from Mexico who went on to murder young Kate Steinle in a highly-publicized case.
It would seem Mirkarimi, who admires Angela Davis, did it because in his twisted mind it was simply the right thing to do.
"This country's criminal justice system over generations has been built on an ethos of retribution, and yet, the strain of mass incarceration at the expense of public education funding has reinforced the school-to-prison-pipeline,” Mirkarimi said in May.
In previous decades Mirkarimi's blather was reduced to the slogan, "bread, not bombs." Government resources spent on the armed forces that protect the nation are wasted. Similarly, using such resources to protect the nation from criminals is also wasted.
But in a hopeful sign, even the latte-liberal voters of the Golden Gate City have finally had enough of their silly sheriff.
The former Green Party standard-bearer was crushingly defeated on Tuesday night by a 2 to 1 margin.