Through the looking glass

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So, if anyone wants to know how it feels to be Alice in Wonderland just get hit by a drunk driver or talk to someone that has been hit by a drunk driver.  I always believed in our “Judicial System”.  Now I believe in the “Criminal Courts”.

In a Judicial System one would commit a crime, a victim would be identified, and the criminal would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  This would not just serve the purpose of justice for the victim but would also serve as a detriment to future criminal behaviour from the defendant and others that would see the judicial system at work.

Instead in the “Criminal Courts”  the victim would feel like Alice in Wonderland -up is down, down is up, right is wrong and wrong is right.  The only thing is, in the Criminal courts, there is no victim – well there is but most of us would refer to them as the criminal.  Instead, they are the poor person that is a victim of circumstance.  They are a good person that made a mistake and should they really suffer for the rest of their life for one mistake?

Well…actually, yes.  We are going to suffer for their “choice”, not a mistake – you make a mistake in addition on a math test, you make a choice to drink and drive.  There are some things in life that you cannot do while you are drunk.  I don’t think that people would consider having surgery done by a drunk doctor or want to get on a plane with a drunk pilot, so why are they so understanding of a drunk driver?

3 Responses to Through the looking glass

  1. Hi Julie
    Impaired driving is one of the last socially acceptable crimes. Yes, people are maimed and killed every day by impaired drivers, but our criminal system is way too willing to extend a second chance, a slap on the wrist, a light sentence, or no punishment at all. I’ve lived with this light arm of the law for the past 26 years. I’m so sorry you’re now experiencing it, too.

    I truly do not think that the chances for change are high. And I’m a very optimistic and positive person.

    • Hi Jody

      I’m afraid, that in my darker moments that I also don’t hold out much hope for change but I have to try. As I have said before I have two choices in what Grace will say to me when I meet up with her again. “Mom, I’m proud of you.” or “Mom, why didn’t you do something.” I need to be able to face her and know that I did my best whether it made a difference or not.
      I do know that I can’t do this alone. I do know that unless I can get enough people together that this will never work but I also know that this will take some time. I just hope that we can get our act together before you see another 26 years like this.

  2. I support you wholeheartedly! You’re doing an awesome thing. It’s the power of small voices like ours, that when put together, can cause a roar. RIGHT?

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