A LOSS OF PERSPECTIVE

 

Let me begin by betraying a bias: the consequences of some acts are irredeemable. Among those acts is the unlawful taking of someone’s life. Although society and the law may forgive and forget, the stigma surrounding murder should never be rewarded or celebrated. A person who serves a sentence for murder and is released should never be allowed to do more than survive in the shadowy fringes of our society. The ascendency of the radical left in this country is no more evident than in academia where a university, in response to national exposure and PC pressure, fires a basketball coach who uses gay slurs and bounces basketballs off his players while no one except the families of her victims express any concern over Columbia University’s employment of convicted murderer and terrorist, Kathy Boudin. While Rutgers University’s firing of its basketball coach is probably justified, although it’s motives for acting after a public outcry are questionable, Columbia University’s continued employment of Boudin and worse, her status as a “scholar in residence” at the NYU school of law, is an outrage. For those of you too young to remember, Boudin drove the get away car on October 20, 1981 after she and fellow radicals from the People’s Liberation Front and the Weatherman Underground robbed a Brink’s armored car, killing the driver and two police officers. Evidence revealed that while Boudin claimed she was just the driver and fired no fatal shots, she lured the police officers into a shoot out in which they were mercilessly gunned down. She served 22 years in prison. She now teaches at Columbia where her background is conspicuously absent from her school bio. In her defense, after Fox News and other right leaning news organizations picked up on the story, the left leaning site, News Hounds, an anti-Fox predator argued that Fox and others on the right were condemning her because she is, in their words, “a former left wing radical.” Whatever some news organizations motivations are in revealing this story, the point is not that Boudin is a left, right or any other kind of radical. The point is she is a convicted murderer. Unlike her other co-defendants, she hired a lawyer and got a lesser sentence than her fellow murderers who are still in prison. As the outraged families of her victims note, she robbed them of their husbands and fathers. To put it in perspective, would we really want Timothy McVey, had he survived and served some sentence for his act of domestic terrorism resulting in the deaths of innocents, teaching at a so-called prestigious university? Would we forgive a mass murderer like McVey simply because he served a prison sentence for his crime? While rehabilitation is an admirable aim in our criminal justice system, all too often, we are left with the uneasy feeling that criminals’ public pronouncements of remorse are nothing more than self serving attempts to mitigate public sentiment against them so they can benefit economically. Like continuing to play pro football in the case of scumbag Michael Vick or teaching college like Boudin. Worse, that doesn’t even seem to be an issue for Boudin who, like her fellow terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, themselves associated with academia, have never publicly reached out to the victims of their violence or shown any real remorse for their lawless actions. When an administrator for Columbia University defends their employment of Boudin by arguing her students like her, we’ve lost our sense of perspective to the detriment of our society. 

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