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Do These 3 Trials Expose What’s Wrong With Our Justice System?

A disabled 18-year-old kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and forced to drink water from a toilet in a brutal attack that was streamed on Facebook Live.

A former police officer acquitted of murder and manslaughter after shooting and killing a drunk man on the floor, pleading for his life.

A young woman dying next to her father after a shot fired by a convicted felon, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

On today’s show, Glenn was forced to question our justice system after watching these three devastating cases unfold. Where is the justice for the hate crime victim who was abused by four tormentors, for Daniel Shaver and his widow and for Kate Steinle and her family?

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GLENN: He was kidnapped. He was bound with deduct taped. Gagged with an old sock. Beaten. He was stabbed. And he was forced to drink toilet water.

They gave him death threats, made racist remarks, and it was all caught on camera. Intentionally, of course.

Do you remember this attack? It happened in Chicago. Four black teens kidnapped a mentally disabled young man and then streamed it live on Facebook for the whole world to see.

One of the kidnappers, Brittany Herring Covington, she was 19, she was the person that actually recorded the torture on her phone. She's the one who is caught laughing the entire time, telling them to go further.

A Chicago judge recently let her walk away with 200 hours of community service, after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime, aggravated battery, and intimidation charges.

Well, why the leniency? Because the judge said, I think if I sent her to jail, I don't think she's going to come out any better.

Oh. Can I ask you? What -- what does -- what does the statue of Lady Justice look like? I know she's blindfolded, but I don't think that's a blindfold anymore. She's holding the scales of justice to weigh both sides. But then she's holding a sword. And that sword is for swift justice. Here the judge was thinking about the attackers' best interests.

Well, I understand we just don't want to throw people in jail. We want something to work. But we also need some punishment. Somehow or another, this just doesn't seem just.

The three other kidnappers, by the way, are still awaiting trial, and they deserve far more than community service, in my humble opinion.

I don't understand what's happening to us. Thursday, last week, former police officer was acquitted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty shooting.

Remember, this is -- this happened the same week that a jury in San Francisco found a man innocent of murder or manslaughter after he killed a woman by shooting her on a pier. Have you seen the -- the body cam footage of the police officer that shows an intoxicated, unarmed man? His name was Daniel shaver. He's crawling towards the police crying, "Please, please, don't shoot me."

The officer shot him five times. Killed him. Maybe -- maybe this is consistent with police training. That's what his attorney successfully argued.

But if you watch that footage, I'm sorry. I can't see how that man posed a threat to the man with the AR.

This was an unnecessary death. Here's what I just want to ask: Are these three trials signs that we're way over the cliff? These three trials, kidnapping and brutalizing a handicapped person, and you get community service? Killing a woman on the pier in San Francisco. Not holding her up. Just firing a gun. I don't need murder. But manslaughter?

And the one that I really hate to judge because I'm not in their position, this police shooting a man. Now, I wasn't standing in the hallway. But what the hell has happened to our juries? What is happening to our judges? What has happened to our -- our grasp on reality? Have we all forgotten common decency and common sense?

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Let’s thank the Pilgrims for defeating Socialism this Thanksgiving

This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

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