I have a confession to make: I was really hoping Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) would throw his hat in the ring to run for president. While there are going to be quite a few Republican clowns performing at the upcoming circus (otherwise known as the GOP primary), he would have been absolute gold for anyone and everyone who covers politics. It still baffles me that there are people who actually elected this buffoon.
But knowing what an absolute idiot he is, it doesn’t surprise me that he recently tried to suggest that the reason why many Democrats have been pushing for a massive overhaul to our prison system is because they want to allow felons to vote so they can win more elections.
After arguing that it would be a “real shame” to stop locking up addicts and non-violent offenders, Gohmert said, “But I can’t help but wonder, there are Democrats that have worked real hard to make sure felons, in some places, can start voting. Maybe Hillary Clinton needs their votes.”
I guess he’s unaware that Republicans, such as GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), have also said that our prison system needs an overhaul. It’s absolutely absurd that our prison system is filled with non-violent criminals and addicts. We’re literally ruining people’s lives for being addicted to something. If alcohol were illegal, would it make any sense to lock up alcoholics for “breaking the law”? How would that make any sense? Especially considering statistics overwhelmingly show that once they got out they would just go right back to abusing the substance – because you don’t treat addiction with incarceration.
There’s a difference between someone who breaks the law and a criminal and far too often we’re turning people into criminals by the way we’re treating these addicts and other non-violent offenders.
The United States only has 5 percent of the world’s population but accounts for 25 percent of its incarcerated people. A person would have to be willfully ignorant to look at those numbers and not believe that we need some major overhauls in this country pertaining to how we treat people who might break the law, but aren’t actually hardened criminals.
The system we have right now is set up to where one stupid mistake someone makes when they’re 19 can haunt them for the rest of their life – and that just doesn’t make any sense. We can’t call ourselves the “greatest country on Earth” when we’re ruining the lives of countless Americans with draconian laws pertaining to addicts and individuals committing non-violent crimes.
Especially when the system we currently have – and how it’s implemented – clearly isn’t working.
But for Gohmert to suggest that the reason why many Democrats have been pushing for prison reforms that have the opportunity to potentially save the lives of millions of Americans is because they want to give voting rights to felons so that they’ll win elections is just absurd.
It’s not a “political ploy” to want to reform our prison system – it’s just common sense. Then again, that’s something Gohmert clearly lacks.