Should America institute caning?
Several weeks ago 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick took her own life. She was a victim of brutal online bullying. Two classmates were arrested, as was the stepmother of one of the girls.
Around the same time as the Sedwick tragedy, former NFL player Brian Holloway had his home vandalized when a bunch of teenagers broke in and threw a party that raged out of control. Some of the partiers have been arrested.
In Chicago, Detroit and other inner cities, “flash mobs” of youths have overrun shopping establishments and stolen property in broad daylight.
If the World War II heroes were the “greatest generation,” then the Millennials may be the very worst.
Despite having technological gadgets that their parents could not have possibly imagined, the societal breakdown is getting worse. Material wealth seems to be replacing moral fiber rather than supplementing it.
The inmates are running the national asylum, and it may be time for drastic action.
While it seemed unthinkable even a decade ago, perhaps America needs to start emulating Singapore.
Many liberals tend to support the rights of criminals over victims, so they will most likely declare caning barbaric and claim that violence only begets more violence. Like most things liberals say, this is complete nonsense.
When corporal punishment was taken out of the schools and replaced with lawsuits, students knew they could overpower their teachers.
The more permissive and liberal society became, the further values such as decency and integrity eroded. The young today behave like something out of “Lord of the Flies,” only with less education and morality.
Those who claim the death penalty fails to deter crime are oblivious to the fact that by sheer definition alone it prevents repeat offenders. While the ultimate punishment may be (ever so slightly) too harsh for first time youthful offenders, a law and order crackdown that leaves them alive is a worthy alternative.
For those who do not see the value of caning, remember the story of Michael Fay.
During the lawlessness decade of the Clinton years, American Michael Fay decided to vandalize some cars in Singapore. The cars did not do anything to bother him. If they did, this would be a discussion about forcibly medicating and institutionalizing him. He knew what he was doing was wrong. He was not stealing bread to feed himself. He was destroying property for no other reason than he felt like it.
Singapore is not America. Progressives do not rule, and criminals are not coddled. Fay was sentenced to receive six lashes by caning. Clinton intervened to get the punishment overturned. As a compromise, the penalty was reduced from six lashes to four. The Bill of Rights does not protect anybody outside of American soil, and Americans have no right to tell Singapore how to run their own nation. Fay was lashed with the rattan cane four times.
For those who wonder what has transpired since those events over 15 years ago, the results were as expected. Fay has not committed crimes since, at least not in Singapore. Neither have most youths in Singapore. Their nation remains clean, safe and sane, the anti-Detroit.
Businesses do not mind this tough treatment. Singapore remains business friendly. One does not see violent protesters yelling “no justice, no peace.” There is no Occupy Wall Street branch in Singapore. The deterrent of force works, and recidivism is low approaching zero.
Young people act out because they know the consequences of their behavior in today’s society is also approaching zero. A rattan cane to the backside would seem to send a stronger message than making excuses for thugs. While there is in theory a middle ground between these two extremes, in reality anything short of preventing a problem is a form of exacerbating it.
The liberal approach to dealing with youth crime has failed for the last 50 years. Drug abuse, robbery, rape, and teenage pregnancies have skyrocketed since the 1960s hippies destroyed American culture and promised free everything without responsibilities.
Now it is time to end this liberal experiment and try the conservative approach, also known as the approach that actually works.
After a few teenage vandals are caned once, their friends will get the message. Not one child will be caned twice. Like Michael Fay, they will discover that they prefer obeying the law and sitting upright.