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December 6, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela.

Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better.

Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above.

Alter said, “Well, today we’re hearing even very conservative senators and other figures talking about the spirit of forgiveness that he embodied in truth and reconciliation in South Africa. So my question tonight, Rev, is can we import that spirit of forgiveness and apply it to the hundreds of thousands of people incarcerated, who for the rest of their lives, you know, will be stigmatized by this? Could we figure out a way to forgive them, maybe expunge some of those records, release some prisoners who’ve been — with three strikes and you’re out, you have some people who have been there for so many years – ”

Mandela had engaged in violent objection to his government’s heinous policies. He was a political prisoner. Is Alter suggesting that every thug imprisoned on every “three strikes” count is the same as Mandela?

What a horrible and repulsive insult that is, to Mandela and his legacy.

Three strikes came about because liberal judges took to the habit of being too lenient on violent criminals. Three strikes ties their hands and puts violent criminals in jail. It’s not perfect, as no system is, but it’s no accident that violent crime has gone down during the years that a) gun rights has beaten gun control and b) more violent criminals have to remain in prison longer.

If Alter got his way, there would be hundreds of thousands of hardened criminals released on an innocent populace, and if their criminal records were expunged as Alter suggests, the system would lose those criminals. It’s a prescription for blood to run in America’s streets.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I don't know where Alter's from but if from California, about three weeks in the general population of any prison there would disabuse him of this notion.
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By all means, lets release violent criminals and expunge their criminal records. That would make current gun control laws even more useless than they already are, since instant background checks would have nothing to check.

How stupid can these "journalists" be?
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Let's honor the death of Alter's brain by releasing thousands of earthworms and cucarachas in the city of his birth.
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Must all go to DC.
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Let us honor the mem0ry of Nelson Mandela by imprisoning Jonathan Alter,(and Al Sharpton, too), in Robben Island for the next twenty-seven years.
38 weeks ago
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Let's honor Mandela by "Knocking Out" more Crackers. Celebrate the insanity of Liberal Logic .
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Release some really nasty 3-time loser convicts, but require them to first visit Johnny's Place to hang for a while, get loose and have some laughs.
Film at Eleven, please..................
38 weeks ago
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The voters in California were sick of criminals committing dozens of felonies and not being in prison permanently. One man had many felony convictions was out of prison and murdered a little girl because of the failure of the criminal justice system to keep him in prison where he belonged. We passed the 3 strikes and your out law to keep repeat criminals in prison. Every state should adopt this law and all the Trayvon Martins will be in prison were they can't rob, assault or murder people.
38 weeks ago
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I used to work with this guy when I was back in journalism. He's a moron.
38 weeks ago
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"Mandela had engaged in violent objection to his government’s heinous policies. He was a political prisoner. Is Alter suggesting that every thug imprisoned on every “three strikes” count is the same as Mandela?"

Never mind Alter, are you suggesting Mandela is the same as Gandhi?
Or Alexander Solzhenitsyn?
Or Aung San Suu Kyi?
If we sent Bill Ayers to prison, would he be a political prisoner too?
And let's not forget that includes Nidal Hassan - at least by his claim.

Mandela was a convicted terrorist.
Accept a definition that makes him a political prisoner and you accept that the U.S. is guilty of egregious human rights abuses for keeping people like Omar Abdel-Rahman, Terry Nichols, and other paragons of humanity locked up.
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Gandhi is pretty over-ratedi, actually. Mandela is more than his equal. There was no South African "Partition".

Aung San Suu Kyi? Do me a favour. Just like her repulsive father, she has no time at all for Burma's "minorities", who aren't really Burmese at all. Ask the Karens what they think of Aung San.

Solzhenitsyn was a Great Russian through and through (Ukraine is often known as "Little Russia" to the Russians, but the name "Ukraine" just means "borderland" - that's a borderland that's bigger than France). He had absolutely no sympathy for the concept of Ukrainian, Latvian, Estonian, Chechnyan independence. Back when he was alive, Chechnya was barely Muslim; it was the Russian war, cheered on by the likes of Solzhenitsyn, which turned Chechnya into a hotbed of islamism. It was never that before.

Altogether, you couldn't really have chosen a worse list of exemplars.
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Yeah, that's all true.

India was partitioned.
And Gandhi blew up how many marketplaces?

Aung San Suu Kyi doesn't really care about non-Burmese.
And she has launched how many rockets?

Solzhenitsyn is just a Great Russian.
And his wife had how many Chechens necklaced while her husband was in the gulag?

Yes, I chose some truly awful examples of people imprisoned solely for their political views.
And I compared them to someone imprisoned for his terrorist actions.

Wait, what was your point?
38 weeks ago
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Charity begins at home, Jonathan. Take some in and show us "how it's done."
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