Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Woe unto You, Lawyers!

To all the lawyers and Pharisees proudly proclaiming victory on behalf of Andrea Yates, with many an "I told you so," I have this question:

Are the children of Andrea Yates any less dead if she killed them due to "mental defect"? Are they any less dead because Park Dietz took it upon himself to be a liar and perjurer about some silly non-existent television program? Are they any less dead because some judge overturned Yates' conviction?

What learned doctor of the psyche claims to have the cure for such alleged mental defect, a cure that is so effective that it could ever be certified with 100% certainty that Andrea Yates were free of such defect?

It never ceases to amaze me that there are those who actually believe that an individual's intent when committing a crime can be externally and objectively judged by others. I was not aware that a mind reading machine had yet been invented, but for all those who are certain that they can determine the state of mind of another, I applaud them for such miraculous and heretofore unheard of abilities.

For those who otherwise might consider themselves conservatives but are coming to the defense of Andrea Yates, perhaps you can explain to yourselves why you find the concept of "hate crimes" to be ludicrous, yet Andrea Yates' state of mind and intent are now all important.

Personally, I don't think "insanity" is a defense at all. I couldn't possibly care less what Yates' state of mind or intent was, and at least I have the honesty to proclaim that I don't know it and neither do any of you. Further, it matters not one whit to me whether Andrea Yates is locked up in an asylum or locked up in a prison. More appropriately she would be sentenced to death. Andrea Yates is no less guilty of killing those helpless children just because some idiot psychiatrist lied about having consulted on some television program. Sophists may practice all the specious casuistry they wish, but they're not fooling me and for their sakes, I hope they are not fooling themselves. They have no law whatsoever written in their heart, but they have plenty of laws written in dead books with delicate and dainty distinctions that look wise in the eyes of fallen man.

Meanwhile, N.O.W. and other such groups must be having quite a celebratory party, dancing on the graves of the innocents and toasting to a murderess. After all, in their addled pates, all Andrea Yates did was have 5 abortions after birth instead of before. It's a woman's choice, don't you know. And if Yates had a "mental defect," she committed no crime say some. Why don't those who make such a claim explain that to the dead children? Oh, that's right. They don't do so because you can't explain anything to the dead children. They're dead. They're just as dead whether mommy was a run-of-the-mill sicko or some other classification of psycho when she cold-bloodedly killed them and then had the presence of mind to call the police and tell them that she had killed them! They're just as dead whether she suffered from post-partum depression or whether she just had a bad hair day. Yates is no victim. But there are 5 little victims and no one seems to care about them. Not even people who should know better and who DO know better.

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW too.