I hate Nazis. Hate them to the point where I often think we didn’t kill enough of them in WW II.
I think American Nazis are the vilest sub-humans on the planet and couldn’t for the life of me understand why the ACLU defended their right to march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie.
Then I realized many people in many locations hate me for my opinions on Civil Rights, my opposition to the Vietnam war, Feminism etc.
I realized defending the right of the Nazis to articulate their message of hate was defending my right to speak out against the war or in favor of LGBT rights.
Free speech is free speech and certain inalienable rights are inalienable because they belong to everyone.
Now I have struggled with capital punishment for most of my life. Part of me knows it is horribly wrong and yet part of me thinks a lethal injection is too good for scum who have committed certain murders.
I’m at a point where the standard of evidence pretty much requires catching the murder either in the act or with the partially eaten body in their refrigerator. Otherwise no capital punishment.
Better yet capital punishment is barbaric and has no place in civilized society.
That brings us to this case in Massachusetts: Kosilek…
The emotional side of me says, fuck this dirtbag. No surgery, no parole, no nothing.
Problem is this ruling affects more than Kosilek.
What about a sister or brother serving 10 years for selling pot? Perhaps dealing was what they needed to do to survive. Do you deny them medical treatment too.
If SRS is necessary for transsexual people on the outside and is required medical treatment rather than an optional cosmetic procedure one has to ask if it is conscionable to deny that medical treatment to some one who is confined in prison?
When it comes to the treatment of prisoners it is very easy for people to show the ugliest part of themselves.
When we do that we lower ourselves to the level of torturer and mutilator. Too often I have heard people suggest with glee that someone being sent to prison will be subjected to gang rape.
I’ve heard the argument regarding people not wanting their tax payer dollars used for this.
That’s okay I don’t want my tax dollars being used for war, or to subsidize oil corporations or used for the war on drugs.
The reality is that protecting the rights of the total scum bags is part of the price we pay for protecting the rights of every one who falls in a category Thurgood Marshall described as the despised and the dispossessed.
I sometime find myself going WTF when I read about Scandinavian prisons and how humanely they treat their prisoners.
Then I remember I live in a country that has the world’s largest number of prisoners and the highest percentage of its people in the penal system.
We still have all sorts of violent crime, more than most modern countries so we must be doing something wrong, particularly when countries with more lenient penal systems have lower rates of violent crime.
While I don’t like the idea of this person getting SRS after murdering her wife the principle of treating prisoners decently seems to be the real issue and not the individual.
It is too easy to slide down the scale of civilized humane treatment of prisoners to the level where torture and mutilations along with stonings and like are seen as moral.
At the same time I wish this case were about a non-violent criminal receiving treatment for TS/TG issues rather than a convicted murderer.