Senator Tom Cotton hasn’t made a name for himself for being a war veteran or an outspoken voice of the people. He has instead gone out of his way to be a voice for the defense industry and social conservatism at its silliest. Who can forget the infamous letter to the Iranians that blew up in his face so badly he should be unrecognizable?
Cotton is a shill. Shortly after the letter to the Iranians went out he met with defense contractors to assure them the Middle East would remain profitable. He went straight to the American people with scary stories of Iran, whose borders haven’t moved considerably in centuries, and how they’re taking over the world. At one point he even made the dumbest remark ever about the cities they’ve conquered, with Tehran topping the list. Yes, the capital of Iran was apparently overrun by the Iranians.
Cotton’s newest pet project is seeing that America remains the incarceration capital of the world. Politico obtained Cotton’s prepared remarks for a speech at the Hudson Institute, where the junior senator again used fear tactics and blatant lies to make people fear the guy serving 10 years for selling pot or the woman who’s serving the same time for stealing baby formula. Cotton instead turns the desire of the American people to see the criminal justice system reformed into a dire warning of the doom to come:
Take a look at the facts. First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration, ignores an unfortunate fact: for the vast majority of crimes, a perpetrator is never identified or arrested, let alone prosecuted, convicted, and jailed. Law enforcement is able to arrest or identify a likely perpetrator for only 19 percent of property crimes and 47 percent of violent crimes. If anything, we have an under-incarceration problem.
No, stupid, we have a problem with misuse of resources. If you were to take the billions of dollars we spend fighting a plant that can help rejuvenate the economy and sink it into enforcement, education and job training, fewer people would be pushed towards crime. Cotton’s argument makes it seem like there’s a line of guys Maine Governor Paul LePage would call “D-Money” or “Shifty” waiting in line for leniency after raping and killing elderly women. His logic completely disregards the fact that criminal justice reform is aimed at non-violent offenders who received mandatory minimums.
Cotton doesn’t care about facts, however:
I believe the criminal-leniency bill in the Senate is dead in this year’s Congress. And it should remain so if future versions allow for the release of violent felons from prison. I will, though, happily work with my colleagues on true criminal-justice reform—to ensure prisons aren’t anarchic jungles that endanger both inmates and corrections officers, to promote rehabilitation and reintegration for those who seek it, and to stop the over-criminalization of private conduct under federal law. But I will continue to oppose any effort to give leniency to dangerous felons who prey on our communities.
The over-criminalization of public behavior? You mean like doctors performing abortions in Oklahoma or people in North Carolina being charged with a crime for having to tinkle? Tom Cotton is a delusional freak who needs to have his seat taken from him before someone takes one of his stupid ideas seriously.
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