Sunday, January 06, 2008
The Sex Education of Barack Obama
My friend Vox is a fellow human rights liberator. In fact, I would not be surprised if the two of us were somehow separated at birth. We fight for the Dignity of the People.
A simple Internet search of Barack Obama by Vox revealed his support of sex offender legislation that has so impacted the lives--the families--the children--of everyday Americans.
That's an uncomfortable association for us Florida liberators, especially this Frog who is Gung Ho! Obama.
Best approach--in my opinion--is education followed by one's ultimate decision. Let's lay the cards on the table.
Senator Obama cosponsored Dru's Law which creates a nationwide sex offender database and requires greater monitoring of sex offenders upon their release from prison. The bill passed the Senate in July of 2005. This legislation was incorporated into a larger bill, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, which Senator Obama supported and which has been signed into law.
Let's start with the passage of the Adam Walsh Act, which was passed by the Senate by voice vote and the House, where a handful of elected officials-all sponsors and co-sponsors of the AWA- passed the same act under suspension of the rules--not a voice vote or not by a seated House. Sensenbrenner--as then-Chair of the House Judiciary--slammed that bill into law days before the session ended, in time to have Bush sign the AWA into law on the anniversary of Adam's death. Mark Foley was among the group. Read more here and here and here.
The Senate did not curb the House and could have as Senator Edward Kennedy--instead of standing tall--caved to Senate Majority Bill Frist's demand to remove the hate crime attachment to this bill.
With the passage of the AWA, SORA and Dru's Law were encapsulated within the Adam Walsh Act.
As the public is becoming more educated on these counterproductive sex offender laws that focus on the punitive and not on prevention or treatment--I foresee lawmakers granting themselves permission to take a second look at legislation sponsored through the lobbying efforts of strong arm persons--lobbyists such as John Walsh, who pushed the AWA through with outdated and blatantly false information, although Orrin Hatch and Mark Foley staffers were presented with accurate, up-to-date information by activists from SOHopeful International.
These Republican types have a way of obfuscating the truth, but hey,we all that.
Although disappointing that Obama signed his name onto such legislation like Kid's Act, I can guarantee he--or his staffers--never heard the true facts presented by advocates for families crushed by these Draconian sex offender laws. I would lay odds that the Senator has no idea that Florida residents have been assigned to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.
It's time to educate Barack.
On the other hand--with the changing of the guard--I feel the same advocates that have been beating down the doors of elected officials stand a better chance to have their voices heard with a President who has worked on the ground floor of civil rights.
Lawmakers are (finally) doing their homework. They are finally beginning to pour over the numerous reports which government agencies and mental health experts have compiled and that the taxpayers have paid for regarding recidivism, types of offenders, factual data and the negative consequences of the plethora of ill thought out legislation.
Yet, for the laws to change--for lawmakers who have painted themselves into a corner on an issue served up on a plate of Fear--that will take leadership.
I think Obama--with his ties to civil rights--is that leader. Once tutored on the Truth, his tsunami of change will cleanse this country of yet one more time politicians segregated Americans from the mainstream based on flat lies.