In 1971, John Lennon wrote the iconic song, Imagine, about his dreams of a leftist utopian world with no religion, countries, or possessions. The song is beautiful, but as many wise conservatives have explained, terribly blind to the horrors its prescriptions would lead to.
We are now at a point in our country where the left is trying to pitch new ideas to build their utopian society. This time they want to change how we deal with law and order. Once again, their views are naïve and dangerous at best. A great way to imagine the ideas of the left in practice is to take a look at a story and compare how it would play out using their positions as opposed to how a conservative thinks it should happen. First, let’s tell the story with a conservative vision.
Michelle is walking home one night. Suddenly, out of the shadows, a large man grabs her and drags her into a dark alley. She struggles and manages to pull the gun she carries from her purse. Bang! She shoots the man dead. Shaken, she calls the police. They arrive at the scene and follow the evidence, which corroborates Michelle’s story. The next day there is a story on the news about the brave girl who fought off an attacker.
Now, let’s look at the same story in the fanciful world of the left.
Michelle is walking home one night, thinking about how wonderful life is now that her city disbanded the police force. Sure, there have been some minor problems, like a precipitous rise in the murder rate. And yes, the murder rate in the black community has quadrupled, but that’s a small price to pay to save black lives.
Suddenly, out of the shadows, a large man grabs her and drags her into a dark alley. As she struggles, she has the vile thought that it would be nice if she had a gun now, but she quickly remembers how bad guns are and why the government banned them. Fortunately, out of the corner of her eye she sees a whiskey bottle that must have been left in the alley by one of the many homeless people who had flocked to the city since they began their program to help the homeless. Michelle grabs the bottle and swings as hard as she can, smashing it over the man’s head. Shaken, she checks his pulse. Dead.
“It’s ok,” she thinks, not because the evidence would exonerate her of course, because that’s beside the point. She is a woman and you have to believe all women unless they accuse a Democrat presidential nominee. As she pulls out her phone to call the coroner to come get the body, the light from the device gives her a closer look at the deceased, and a look of horror comes over her face. He is black! The realization hits her that she is not the victim, but instead a racist and a murderer.
Michelle breaks down in tears. “How could I have not seen the signs?” she cries. “I used to like Drew Brees and he had the audacity to say that people should respect the flag. I am a modern day Bull Connor!”
Feeling guilty and dejected, Michelle goes to the former police station, now the Office of Social Justice, and tells them what happened. The official is shocked at her bigotry and tells her that they are going to throw the book at her. “Oh no!” she exclaims. “But you outlawed the death penalty! Are you going to send me to prison?”
“Of course not,” he responds. “Prisons are draconian and punitive. We only use those for people who continue to think differently than they should. You will be sent to a conformity school, where you can relearn the right things to think.”
The next day the leading story in the news reads, “Unarmed Black Man Killed by White Woman.”
There you have a look at how crime and punishment would work in our parallel universes. I should add a disclaimer here because people will twist the meaning. I am in no way conflating this story with Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. What he did was wrong and he deserves to be punished, but not because of race; because of the facts. The point of the story was that justice based on evidence yields much different results than “social justice” based on skin color. There is no reason for thousands to take to the streets in protest of something that we already agree on, that racism is bad and people should be treated fairly regardless of skin color. Too bad John Lennon didn’t imagine people being judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. I think somebody else did, though. Imagine that.