Harrisburg, PA: John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, is taking back comments he made in recent years about his plan to pursue the release of all second degree murderers in the PA state penitentiary system- nearly 1200 inmates.
Like several democrats across the country, Fetterman is pulling back on ultra-progressives ideas (like defunding the police) as public sentiment slowly shifts back in favor to keep the bad guys where they belong, behind bars.
Many democratic cities across the country, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are still dealing with a wave of violent crime across their respective cities. New soft-on-crime and quick release after arrest policies are sending violent criminals with long criminal histories back into the streets, only to commit another crime in short time.
Fetterman was keen on the idea of letting these murderers and showed a great degree of sympathy for the offenders.
According to a Fox News column, it stated:
“Fetterman, the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor who chairs the state’s Board of Pardons (BOP), commissioned two reports last year released by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) that recommended the BOP consider merit-based clemency for currently incarcerated second-degree murderers, as well as for the state legislature to reform the law that mandates life sentences without parole for second-degree murder convictions.”
“Fetterman said at the time that he commissioned the reports in a call for ‘mercy for the deserving and rehabilitated.’”
Fetterman’s former ideology believed that all the eligible convicts deserved a second chance. His goal was two-fold; give them a second chance and save taxpayer money by lowering the inmate population.
His early release plan took into consideration several factors; victim input, their conduct and behavior behind bars.
According to the Fox News column:
“I hope that it could lead to a conversation that would free close to 1,200 people of a legacy that never made sense, that encompasses victims’ input, encompasses their conduct and behavior in prison, it takes a look at the resources that are wasted that…,’ he said.”
What Fetterman’s plan is flawed is that a convict’s conduct and behavior within a prison setting is absolutely no indication of life outside the prison walls.
The prison system is designed to be completely controlled, very deliberate, consistent and predictable. It is meant to control the expectations of the inmate population to manage the inmate’s overall demeanors and attitudes.
The system creates a routine to help inmate anticipate what will happen next. It also severely limits an inmate’s decision- making capabilities by providing structure and rules.
Many inmates thrive in a positive manner in the prison system environment because everything is set for them; when to wake up, when to eat, when to have recreation and so on. The temptation to do wrong is limited due to the lack of choices and the lack of freedom of movement.
Therefore, an inmate’s behavior and conduct behind the prison walls is no indication of what their conduct would be in a public, civilian setting.
The temptations are too great and there is no control of their behavior.
And second degree murder is a serious, heinous crime. According to the Fox News column:
“…second-degree murder is generally defined as any intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, although the definition varies by jurisdiction.”
“In Pennsylvania, second-degree murder also encompasses accomplice liability and applies when someone dies related to a felony, which is defined as committing, attempting to commit, or fleeing from an act of robbery, burglary, kidnapping, rape, or arson.”
Fetterman’s ideology and his belief system is so diluted, he made reference to a movie to back his ideas. In a 2021 tweet, Fetterman stated:
And *massive* annual savings for PA taxpayers.
If you think Morgan Freeman should have died in Shawshank, don’t waste your time reading it.
Otherwise, that metaphor is very much the face of LWOP- especially 2nd Murder- in PA.
Mercy must be a partner to justice.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 4, 2021
“If you think Morgan Freeman should have died in Shawshank, don’t waste your time reading it [a PA report].”
If you must reference a fictional Hollywood movie to back up your claim on a very serious topic, you are delusional.
Now, Fetterman and his campaign are changing their tunes, and trying to justify their previous statements.
According to the Fox News column:
“The campaign said Fetterman does not support releasing all prisoners serving life without parole for second-degree murder and that he believes there are individuals convicted of life without parole who deserve to remain in prison.”
“In response to a follow-up inquiry, the Fetterman campaign said his 2021 remarks at the PLSE conference ‘are being taken out of context,’ and that it is not clear, based on Fetterman’s phrasing at the time, that he was talking about freeing people from prison.”
Hopefully his back- tracking and denial is more about applying safe, common sense, and not about playing politics- which wouldn’t be a surprise either.
Democrats are ‘changing their tune’ lately.
Another Democrat – VA Rep. Spanberger – backpedals on defunding the police, suddenly trying to be a cop super fan
Posted September 12, 2022
Richmond, VA: Another Democrat, this time Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, who previously pandered to media outlets and public pressure and strongly pursued the ‘defund the police’ movement is now shamelessly casting herself as a law enforcement super fan.
It doesn’t get more ridiculous than that.
Rep. Spanberger, like many Democrats, have no shame in publicly flip-flopping on critical social issues just to win over public sentiment and earn votes.
These politician ‘chameleons’ continually prove repeatedly that they will change their colors to fit the occasion. This ‘go where the wind blows’ tactic is just solid proof that some Democrats lack any morals, principles and beliefs- all to stay in office.
Elected public officials are in a position of leadership. Quality leadership is about having principles and beliefs and understand they must do what they can to ensure those beliefs are upheld.
If AOC continues to push the Defund the Police movement for the remainder of her political career, that is at least respectable. Her incompetence however, is another story.
Politicians, especially Democrats lately, are becoming the antithesis of leadership- willing to sacrifice their ideals for gain. It’s inconceivable that people lack the character to follow what they believe in just to stay in office.
That can be compared to rats who eat their own to survive.
And Rep. Spanberger is the latest example.
According to a Gateway Pundit column:
“Spanberger, who has a history of supporting the Defund the Police movement, is trying to rewrite history this week again with an ad that depicts the congresswoman as pro-law enforcement by touting her and her father’s credentials and claiming that she ‘increased police funding.’”
The column continues:
“The congresswoman also tried to rewrite history in April by campaigning in a predominantly conservative area and saying the Defund the Police slogan pushed by her far-left colleagues was ‘a terrible idea.’”
In typical Democrat fashion, Spanberger failed to mention some of her previous Defund the Police activities. The soulless congresswoman accepted thousands of dollars from anti-police groups. She also supported and voted for an anti-law enforcement bill backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (she’s another story altogether).
She was also seen marching with Black Lives Matter groups, surely to push her political agenda and professional aspirations.
Her New Strategy
Spanberger hopes to erase her past devotion to the Defund the Police movement. It is absurd, almost delusional. But when you lack a soul, this strategy is just business as usual.
In a recent twitter post, Spanberger tweeted:
“Years ago, my father — a law enforcement officer — wrote to me, ‘there’s no greater vocation than service to country.’”
Her tweet continued:
“As a federal agent, CIA case officer, and Member of Congress, I’ve sworn an oath to the Constitution and always worked to put country and community first.”
Years ago, my father — a law enforcement officer — wrote to me, “there’s no greater vocation than service to country.”
As a federal agent, CIA case officer, and Member of Congress, I’ve sworn an oath to the Constitution and always worked to put country and community first. pic.twitter.com/1LgfOY7aYw
— Abigail Spanberger (@SpanbergerVA07) September 9, 2022
How convenient is it for her to mention that her father was a law enforcement officer, which bears no context to his message.
She continued to press her resume unto the twitter world. She likely wants to convince the world how great she is and to send the message ‘don’t worry about all that other stuff I did.’
In her video message on twitter, she said:
“So when I joined law enforcement, then CIA and now congress, I swore an oath to the constitution, to put country first, before party and to get things done.”
Spanberger even had the gall to say to her twitter followers in her ad video to ‘increase police funding’ and went on to mention other political ‘buzz words’ to shamelessly get votes.
How about swearing an oath to follow your beliefs at any cost- including losing an election.
At least you will have your moral character and dignity intact.
But not Spanberger.
She will likely continue her chameleon strategy and adapt to the environment- just don’t eat your own again.
Spanberger isn’t the only Democrat flip-flopper.
Liberal SF Mayor backpedaling from ‘defund the police’ movement, citing need for criminal ‘accountability’
Posted August 17, 2022
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Mayor London Breed is backpedaling previous efforts to “defund the police” due to spiking crime rates and what residents call a sharp reduction in “quality of life.”
Mayor Breed was an outspoken advocate in 2020 following the Floyd protests to defund the police. She, among other liberal politicians, labeled the entire law enforcement profession as “the problem” in America.
Many of these liberal politicians are starting to change their tune- especially Mayor Breed, which is a long way from where she started.
Breed wasn’t quiet about her intentions in 2020 either. In a press conference on July 31, 2020, the San Francisco mayor was proud to announce:
“We will redirect $120 million from law enforcement to support these priorities over the next two years. Let me repeat that. This is $120 million.”
That carries a confident tone- but one that didn’t last long term.
Crime in San Francisco has risen sharply since 2020 and residents have voiced frustration over it by citing a drop in quality of living.
According to a Fox News Digital column:
“San Francisco was among cities across the country that saw some crimes increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Homicides increased by 20% that year compared to 2019, and by 17% in 2021 compared to 2020.
While crimes such as rape and robbery decreased in 2020, burglaries increased by 47% in 2020 when compared to the three previous years, data complied by SFGate shows.”
Mayor Breed made a statement in late 2021, expressing the need for more accountability against people breaking the law instead of ‘giving criminals another chance.’
Mayor Breed stated:
“I’m proud this city believes in giving people second chances,” Breed said at the time. “Nevertheless, we also need there to [have] accountability when someone does break the law… Our compassion cannot be mistaken for weakness or indifference…
I was raised by my grandmother to believe in ‘tough love,’ in keeping your house in order, and we need that, now more than ever.”
That surely sounds like backpedaling and a far cry from defunding police.
Tony Montoya, the President of the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association, is a critic of the Mayor’s irresponsible management of the police force. He considers her latest stance a reverse in policy.
In a response statement to Mayor Breed’s late 2021 press conference, Tony Montoya said:
“Mayor Breed’s announcement yesterday to deploy more police officers to address the unacceptable level of crime in portions of our city, namely the Tenderloin, is an acknowledgment that the push to defund the SFPD was a mistake.”
It was a mistake. The push of the ‘defund the police’ movement led to a swarm of retirements, recruiting issues, and increasing crime rates across the city.
According to the Fox column:
“Between April 2020 and April 2021, resignations increased by 18% and retirements by 45%.”
The column continued:
“The San Francisco Police Department has reported more of the same as the national trend. As of August, the department is down about 300 officers. Just last month alone, 50 officers left the department, with only eight to 10 recruits ready to fill the gaps.”
San Francisco is not alone. They, along with other large liberal cities across the country are trying to fix the disaster they’ve created with their soft-on-crime policies that put criminals back on the streets quickly.
They have, however, taken steps to fixing the problem. The previous DA, Chesa Boudin, was recalled by San Francisco voters. This lack of confidence in Boudin is a sign that their failed policies were allowing the city to go to ruin.
New DA, Brook Jenkins, is vowing to change San Francisco to make the streets safer and to go after criminals such as drug dealers.
In a recent tweet, she stated:
“My office is working hard to make our neighborhoods safer, advocate for victims, and work to implement strong, practical criminal justice reform. As DA, I will listen to the concerns of San Franciscans and will do what’s necessary to make sure all of our communities feel safe.”
Jenkins fell short on making any pro police comments.
Until she does, she will likely face the same crime issues as the previous DA. Officers in the SFPD need to know that they have the support of their elected officials to do their job efficiently.
But if the law enforcement community feels they are still one call away from becoming the next political scapegoat, don’t expect crime to lower much in what used to be a beautiful San Francisco.