Friday, 24 October 2008

Soft on Crime - in the US

News that the Republicans are now making robocalls accusing Obama of being Soft on Crime because he opposes mandatory sentences for certain kinds of crimes like drug offenses and murder, made be think how the misleading fear issues that the right (and I include both establishment parties in this) use against "liberals" (well, that's only us really) are very similar both sides of the pond.

Ths is an extract from the call recording by Ex-Mayor Giuliani:

"Congressional liberals introduced a bill to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals -- trying to give liberal judges the power to decide whether criminals are sent to jail or set free."

Er, isn't that the point of judges?

However this is precisely the attack that we get levelled against us (actually more by Labour, although they both do it) becuase we have a sensible sentencing policy that recognises the seperation of politicians and judges.

I wish I had some amazing conclusions to draw from this to help us in the future but I don't.
Only to refer readers to a previous post.

Is there a clever tactic to answer these attacks or or thre simple no-way to shortcut the process of explaining it over and over again? And how do we get people to listen?

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