Politicians act like prisoners© 20 December 2017 Marthijn Uittenbogaard
In prison are people who have murdered somebody. People who beat someone so hard that the victim needed months of medical treatment in a hospital. People who committed fraud so they could steel large amounts of money from their victims. And you have sex offenders too in prison. Most of those sex offenders did not use violence at all. They had a loving relationship with someone below the age of consent. Or they just downloaded sex images of children.
The prisoners that harmed someone very badly don't like to see themselves as bad persons. That's why they need someone to hate, someone who committed a very sick crime: someone who sexually abused a child. The sex offenders are hated, targeted, and sometimes killed by other prisoners. The sex offenders are the scapegoats of people who did terrible things, but at the same time don't want to acknowledge this fact.
Politicians lie and cheat all the time. They are bought by big companies. The big companies finances the Republicans and the Democrats. In the USA millions of people are suffering without a penny to spent. They are homeless. Many children suffer too from this poverty, in the richest country on earth. Many of them can easily be turned into criminals and then they are locked away in prison. Don't the poor deserve a bed to sleep? An income to buy food en pay the gas- and electricity bills? Don't they deserve health-care?
The politicians are extremist when it comes to the so called sex offenders. No sentence can be harsh enough. At the same time, children are suffering in the USA because of their politics. That's what this kind of society is: people making lots of money and at the same time letting others suffer. The 'we want to protect our children from predators'-frame, is like prisoners that are terrorizing the sex offenders in their group. Politicians need and use the sex offenders as scapegoats too, to camouflage their terrible behavior. The rising star of Bernie Sanders within the Democratic Party, who used to be an independent politician, is a good sign by the way.
The mass media can bring facts and nuances about pedophilia, about sex offenders. But usually they don't. They like to exaggerate things. Direct or indirect they are getting paid by the rich companies. That's why you don't see many articles about the human rights violations in US prisons, about poverty in society, about the lack of children's rights, or about poverty in third world countries, and so on. Thanks to internet, we now have the beginning of some humanity in journalism. Sites like CounterPunch, The Intercept and Salon to name a few, sometimes have articles addressing the miseries people are suffering because of the system. The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, CNN, Fox, you name them: they all need the scapegoats, so they withhold nuances and truth for their audience. Like they have been doing so for decades.
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