February 5, 2011

John Hinckley Jr -- Pride of the Progressive American Penal System

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Happy 100th Birthday President Reagan

On the eve of what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, his attempted assassin, John Hinckley Jr., has found love at the mental hospital he's called home for 29 years. The deranged stalker who shot Reagan in the chest and injured three others in 1981 is dating Cynthia Bruce, a former psychiatric patient he met at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington. -- CAGED CASANOVA - WWW.THEDAILY.COM

More proof, if proof were needed, that this society has decided that traitors and assassins get special favors for being so, well, "special."

Hinckley tried to kill Reagan just 69 days into his presidency. He fired six bullets at him and, "The sixth and final bullet ricocheted off the side of the limousine and hit the president in his left underarm, grazing a rib and lodging in his lung, stopping nearly an inch from his heart."

"An inch. From his heart." One more inch and the world in which we live today would have been changed, changed utterly, in ways that will always be unknown, but can easily been supposed to be much worse. All of Reagan's major achievements lay ahead of him 69 days into his presidency and this man, this happy and fulfilled insect you can see in the photo above, would have stolen all that from the world.

I know many among us would be pleased to denigrate then and now the achievements that, when the gun was fired, still lay in the future of the Reagan presidency. But I hope most would have just a small moment of pause if they could imagine what might happen, now and in the future -- and to the future -- if the same attempt were to be made on the life of the current president. Assassin's bullets cannot always be depended upon to stop "an inch from the heart." No bullet fired in anger should ever be allowed to come within a mile of a sitting president.

Now maybe you thought, just for a moment, that a man who tries, and nearly succeeds, in killing a president of the United States would have to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison cut off from the freedoms and pleasures of law-abiding citizens. Well, as a friend says, "Isn't it pretty to think so?"

You were, it seems, wrong. After all, the man is "crazy" -- which is why he's confined to St. Elizabeths. So I imagine that's why he is such a privileged assassin.

Indeed, it would seem he's been living the prison high-life for sometime and has become known as a "lothario within the walls of St. Elizabeth's, where he recently romanced at least two other female patients."

As for his current honey, she's fine with it is and notes "her relationship with the would-be assassin was "a positive thing" and that she "can't get caught up with what people think of me." A good thing otherwise the label "Slut for the nuts" would cut too close to the bone.

Those kind of labels would just roll right off the back of this babe who declares that the dating duo's life is "not negative, and people should know that. I see value in people no matter what they’ve said or done." As such, she's a credit to the age that whelped her and I remain stuck in the dark ages wondering why Hinckly is still consuming oxygen not to mention nookie.

It would seem that he's quietly been getting more favors from members of our society to whom no action is beyond their caring and understanding philosophy. The story notes, almost as an afterthought,

"Gradually he has been granted more freedom, including permission to leave the psych ward in his mother's custody for limited visits to her home. In June 2009, a federal judge ruled that Hinckley — who still suffers from narcissistic personality disorder — could spend more time outside the hospital. He’s also been granted a driver’s license, but must give hospital officials advance warning for any intended trips and always carries a GPS tracking device."

Well, God bless that caring and understanding federal judge, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court in Washington, who's chosen to let a would-be assassin back into the nation equipped with a driver's license. It's heart warming to know he has to tell hospital officials if he intends to take any trips other than to see his mother. And the GPS will be awfully handy for finding where his GPS is should he take it into his mind to take a shot at any other federal officials.

According to a 2009 report, when Judge Friedman gave Hinckley his day pass, not everyone thought it was a brilliant judicial move: Court gives would-be assassin John Hinckley more freedom

Prosecutors said Hinckley has been having sex with at least two women -- one who is bi-polar and the other who is in a long-term relationship with someone else. At the same time, Hinckley has been dating two other women.
Judge Friedman was appointed by President Clinton in 1994.

How depraved and insane this entire situation is cannot be overstated. It can only be seen as a complete abandonment of any pretense by the Progressive Penal System that people be held responsible for their actions.

The people who plotted to assassinate Lincoln, (the president who liberated African-Americans from bondage so that at least one of their descendants could one day date a presidential assassin), were hanged by the citizens of that time. This was their fate:

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In our age, we take failed assassins and let them date at will during their "incarceration." We wander in a self-induced, media-perpetuated moral fog in which "treason" only advances the career opportunities of traitors, and assassins drive our streets to see their mothers and have sex with their girlfriends. We even give them GPS units so they don't get lost. Evil men are never lost. They know their direction. It is we who stare into the fog. This is our fate:

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Many call this perpetual fog of moral relativism an "improvement." I call it the simple degradation of an entire society. The distance between then and now, from the moral clarity of the age of Lincoln to the moral vacuum of the age of Obama, is so great it's hard to understand how we've gotten so deep into the pit. But then you recall that it's all been step by step, day by day, always downward at every turning, until the time when we can see in front of our eyes the image above: Sluts with Nuts. Just about sums up a vast, vast part of the current population of these states, doesn't it?

Maybe the next step will be for some understanding, caring Federal judge -- after listening to advice from Hinckley's caring shrinks and taxpayer-supplied legal help -- to just set him free. Maybe with a shopping list. It would be the new American way.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 5, 2011 10:36 PM
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The whole thing is creepy. I had to look twice to tell that was a female.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at February 5, 2011 11:38 PM

As I was working at a home, the owner (a former assistant D.A. near Denver) told me about some wolves he was observing on a recent vacation after we had talked about a recent murder in the news. One pup kept on being overly aggressive, hurting his siblings when they were trying to play around.

After a week, the mother took the "bad" pup by the neck, killed it, and tossed it to the side.

That's how nature solves the problem.

Posted by: fortcww at February 6, 2011 2:30 AM

An excellent pre-mortem on our dying culture...as usual, Gerard.

Posted by: Jewel at February 6, 2011 2:30 AM

Things are hung, people are hanged.

Posted by: carol at February 6, 2011 6:35 AM

It's ironic that "Hinckley — who still suffers from narcissistic personality disorder" has been incarcerated in a mental hospital while The wOn, who also undoubtedly suffers from the same disorder, is President of the United States of America.

Hinckley assassinated the President and The wOn is attempting to assassinate The United States of America.

Posted by: Hangtown Bob at February 6, 2011 7:34 AM

Make that "Hinckley attempted to assassinate the President".

Sorry.

Posted by: Hangtown Bob at February 6, 2011 7:38 AM

Funny, not a wisp of that moral fog has appeared for Sirhan-Sirhan.

Posted by: james wilson at February 6, 2011 8:58 AM

Thanks, Carol.

Posted by: vanderleun at February 6, 2011 9:13 AM

Jodie Foster is inconsolable.

Posted by: firecapt at February 6, 2011 9:45 AM

I really hope that FYE bag doesn't contain a copy of Taxi Driver.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at February 6, 2011 10:03 AM

Carol (ahem,)

As the poets have mournfully sung,
death takes the innocent young,
the rolling in money,
the screamingly funny,
and those who are very well hung.
- W.H. Auden

Posted by: Rob De Witt at February 6, 2011 11:10 AM

I could vomit.

Posted by: Fausta at February 6, 2011 3:53 PM

Carol: good on you. I have always remembered with the following quote:

"Meat, sir, is hung. Men are hanged"

I think that the problem is that there are so few hangings anymore.

Posted by: Fat Man at February 6, 2011 5:27 PM

Sheesh, I do and I do and I do for you and THIS is the thanks I get!

Posted by: vanderleun at February 6, 2011 6:07 PM

This could well be the fate of Jared Loughner. Think about it for just a minute.

Ugh...

Posted by: newton at February 6, 2011 9:52 PM

I'll see that this is cleaned up after the revolution.

Posted by: Casca at February 8, 2011 6:56 AM