During a fight at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx, twenty correction officers were injured by 16 and 17 year old boys who had been moved from Rikers Island due to a state law requiring that they be treated differently from adults in courts and jails. (”Officers Hurt at Youth Center, WSJ 10/4) Despite the fact that these young men were gang members, City Council members are concerned that staffing the Juvenile Center with correction officers and juvenile counselors is too similar to replicating the jail experience. In other words, 16 and 17 year old hoodlums are still just boys.
I wonder whether Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, to name a very few vociferous democrats, would be abashed to discover that they are dealing with the purported behavior of a boy the same age as these youngsters, and insisting that if the allegations against him were true, the 53 year old man he had become must be held responsible for acts performed 36 years ago. His punishment would be his unsuitability for the lofty job he has held for the past twelve years to unanimous acclaim and his certain removal from consideration for the higher post to which he had a presidential nomination. The Administration for Children’s Services which runs the Horizon Juvenile Center claims that none of the 20 officers was seriously injured, so despite that large number and the background of these boys, the spokeswoman argued for greater understanding of their issues and less concern for the safety of those who must control them.
Democrats in one instance want to privilege boys who are members of violent gangs, but in L’Affaire Kavanaugh, they are determined not to give any slack to the professional excellence of a 53 year old man who is white, Catholic and privileged - three strikes against him - who may have been a rowdy teenager though there is a troubling lack of evidence to prove this. Democrats are uncomfortable with hard-working adults who didn’t require special categories in order to attend demanding schools, earn glowing marks and references and deserve the opportunities that are afforded them. Democrats prioritize victims, a category that currently includes criminals, illegal aliens, gays, transexuals and any woman who feels she has been harassed, dissed or molested, regardless of whether this behavior was consensual or even happened.
The Wall Street Journal did not interview the injured correction officers who can only wonder how they lost the victim status in this open and shut case of teen violence. It is impossible to imagine what the Kavanaugh family must be thinking now - only the Book of Job or a novel by Franz Kafka could do justice to this ugly tale.
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