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Jason D. Bland
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California parole commissioners have recommended political assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, for parole after serving 50 years in prison. As a society we should be outraged… yet there is little heard about this not-so-surprising turn of events. The decision is now up to Governor Gavin Newsom to either accept or reverse their finding.

Sirhan, a Palestinian militant and Jordanian citizen who lived in California, was actively fighting against U.S. support of Israel in the 1960s. His radicalism culminated in the cold-blooded attack against a sitting senator, Robert F. Kennedy, who was running for the presidency and had pro-Israel leanings. Shortly after midnight on the morning of June 5, 1968, as RFK was celebrating primary victories in California, Sirhan attacked and assassinated him in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition to the death of RFK, Sirhan wounded five others; although they were able to recover from their injuries and survived.

RFK’s assassination came at a very tumultuous time in American history. In April of 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was brutally gunned down in Memphis. The country was battling race riots and contending with the effects of the Vietnam war. All of this transpired just five years after the assassination of JFK. The nation was battered and bruised and the senseless loss of life due to political differences was heartbreaking.

Our society must preserve the rule of law and punish those who break it. Sirhan, regardless of his time served, committed a heinous act. Not only did he murder a man, but he also scarred countless lives. Think of the children who grew up without a father, or the nameless victims that suffered wounds at his hands. There are many unknown, tangential stories of pain and grief because of his violent act. This should not be discounted.

If we are unable to hold criminals, especially political assassins, responsible for the crimes they commit then our society will fall into anarchy. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening. Anarchy already exists in our cities and at our border: we see catch and release of illegals who have broken our immigration laws, scenes from San Francisco of people looting and remaining unpunished as long as the value of their stolen goods doesn’t surpass the prescribed threshold or criminals in New York who are being released arbitrarily back into society.

And so in this culture of empty law and order, we have parole commissioners who have decided to take it upon themselves to further erode the rule of law by releasing a proven assassin. This is a man who was convicted and sentenced to death -- a sentence which was later commuted to life in prison when California abolished the death penalty in 1972.

Conspicuously, neither Los Angeles district attorney George Gascón nor any of his attorneys were present during the parole hearing to represent the prosecutorial side of the case. It is Gascón’s policy to remain “neutral” during these parole hearings, and so once again we see the feckless application of the rule of law. Essentially, the political elites have determined that it isn’t worth their time or effort to reinforce the earlier findings of the court, and ensure this assassin, and other criminals, remain behind bars.

RFK’s wife, Ethel, once desired to show mercy to Sirhan for his crimes and requested that he not be put to death, but neither did she request a complete release, something which her son Joseph is currently battling.

We can forgive someone for their crime, but it doesn’t take away the fact that they still must face the consequences. Sirhan was forgiven by many of the Kennedys, but it doesn’t lessen the need for him to pay the price for his actions. He faces a horrible consequence: life in prison, but it was his own personal decision to act, to commit a crime, to take another’s life, that put him there. We must also never forget the price that was paid by RFK: his own life. He didn’t get to choose. He didn’t have the opportunity to have a board of commissioners, some five decades after the sting of the crime, to give back his life. We must honor the life lost, uphold our laws, and never forget the pain that Sirhan caused. Forgiveness does not mean that we should forget.

There’s also something to be said for allowing a convicted assassin to walk free again in our society. It is embarrassing. How do we as a society say that it’s acceptable to kill someone and injure several others, convict them, and then later, as the social and cultural tenor changes, release that person back into our society, the same society they hated and attacked. In this case, it shows that political violence is acceptable… at least at some level. It shows would-be assassins and criminals that an attack on a political leader is justifiable, as long as your political beliefs align with the current, popular narrative.

This mindset, a shifting of cultural mores to wokism, has not only undermined our national history but also our own law and order, and now we see it coming to fruition with the probable parole of Sirhan, a convicted assassin.

I respect the fact that many of the Kennedys have forgiven him, that Sirhan himself has asked for forgiveness, but it doesn’t negate the importance of our laws and the application of them without concern for emotions, feelings, or present-day woke sentiments. Enforcement of our laws is to be blind and focused on finding justice for the victims, not meeting the political ideals of our current elected officials.

Let’s not forget who Sirhan was and is -- an assassin. Let’s not forget that his crime incurred a penalty. We can still forgive, but that debt must be paid.




 
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Sirhan should have never spent all these years in prison ...... he should have been executed and saved society the burden and expense of keeping him locked up.
 

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I just queried Firefox search engine with "How many inmates on California Death Row?

Answer: "Today, the death penalty is legal. There are currently 747 inmates on death row in California, Apr 17, 2021".


The Death Penalty is NOT in force. The state has no will power to "execute" the law, let alone those condemned to death. Now they are considering reducing the "inventory" of murderers from the "warehouse".
 

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The state has no will power to "execute" the law, let alone those condemned to death.
Like NY they will barely arrest people now and if they do they let them go and you expect them to execute people? We live in a country that has many states that will set free a 18 year old kid that has multiple violent felonies free after being caught yet again with illegal possession of a handgun and sometimes even using it but will throw the book at someone who has never committed a crime and is caught with a piece of plastic that enables his gun to hold more than 10 rounds.....whew that was a long sentence, even for me.
 

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Sirhan should have never spent all these years in prison ...... he should have been executed and saved society the burden and expense of keeping him locked up.
This, we should have been spared the tax burden; OTOH, the man served 50 years. This, functionally, is a lifetime. Many people aren't lucky to live this long. But he served his sentence. Do I like the fact he is being released ? No.

IOW, are we to be a society that throws somebody in prison, and they are never seen again? We all are disgusted, when some Banana Republic does this exact thing to people. Are we now to dispense justice like Dictators, in a Third World regime ?
 

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IOW, are we to be a society that throws somebody in prison, and they are never seen again? We all are disgusted, when some Banana Republic does this exact thing to people. Are we now to dispense justice like Dictators, in a Third World regime ?
Nope, but we are a society that believes in losing your life when you murder another.
 

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Nope, but we are a society that believes in losing your life when you murder another.
Exactly! Those banana republics and dictator countries might throw you in prison forever for small simple crimes or maybe speaking out against the government. Assignation is another game altogether.
 

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Nope, but we are a society that believes in losing your life when you murder another.
Yeah, well that's what we should have done, in the first place, but since the jerkface liberals persisted in showing this weed mercy, and putting us through the expense of putting this guy in long term storage, now it's time to let him out.

Not my rules. Maybe, in the future, we shouldn't allow jerkface liberals to make the calls, and run the show, now SHOULD WE ?
 

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Sure we are. Heard on the radio that even 2 of B.K.'s son was FOR the parole. Why not? He is not a strait christian male smoker so he can't be all bad;)
 

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I would gladly have my tax dollars go to keeping this political killer rotting till his last breath. If there were real justice he’d be at hard labor in the swamps of Florida 16 hours a day for the rest of his miserable existence.
 

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Just had an afterthought, it’s no different than the judicial cronies in Dem controlled areas where they will release felons through a revolving door but will vehemently try and convict someone who used a gun in self defense of said released felons.. :mad: :mad::mad:
 
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11 months ago I'd have said that Sirhan Sirhan would never draw another free breath. I really don't know now. I just don't know.

There is so much uncertainty in this country and so much has happened in the last 8 months that I never thought could happen that I just cannot be certain of what other people will do any more.


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You know, everybody seems to hate a welsher, or somebody who backs out on a deal, when THEY are being screwed.
Are we to now back out on our word? Are we now to welsh out on this guy's prison term ? This guy was incarcerated before cell phones were invented, before VHS tapes were popular, back when The Beatles were still together. He served 50 years in prison. The guy is 77 years old.

I say, send him to Palestine, where he belongs. Bar him from re-entry into the USA. Let them worry about him. Hell, we gave him 50 years of free room and board, all the money we piss away on garbage, one free plane ride won't kill us. IF we had incarcerated him in Palestine, to begin with, he wouldn't be our problem, now.
 

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This guy shot and killed a United States Senator. He should have been executed by firing squad as soon as any and all information he ever knew had been extracted from him immediately after his guilt was ascertained.

Regardless of who our politicians are or what they do, assassinating them is an attack on us all and our form of government. The message sent to those who would think of perpetrating such an act should be a loud and clear fusillade at dawn of the following day.

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It's not what this guy did, which was admittedly bad, but how poorly we handled it, after the fact:

1. The Death Penalty could have been enforced. IT WASN'T.
2. We could have shipped him to an overseas prison, to serve out his 50 year sentence. Life expectancy in most
overseas prisons is 3 to 5 years, at best.
3. Now that he's being released, will he be deported ? NOT LIKELY.
4. Now that he's being released, will he be denied Social Services ? NOT LIKELY.

So we not only handled his punishment poorly, back then, we will also continue to handle his release and
future dispensation, VERY BADLY, NOW. This pariah, a burden to the taxpayers, will mooch off the government tit, till the day he dies. And like most of these human cockroaches, he'll live to be about 140, costing us a few million more.

SO, I guess the clear message we are sending to criminals and terrorists is, if you want to be well taken care of, and NEVER WORK ANOTHER DAY IN YOUR SORRY-ASSED LIFE, the best way to do this is to assassinate a US Senator.

IF you don't like this situation, what are you going to do about it ?
 
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