Constitutional rights only apply to criminals.

We all know by now that we live in a politically correct society in which criminals are coddled and law-abiding citizens have to fight for the rights that are guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution. But it still bothers me when I see news stories that remind me of how topsy turvy everything has become.

Here’s the latest example. Jesse Daniels of Clyde, New York, was arrested recently and is now facing a possible trial and jail time. Why? Because he vandalized a home? No, it’s because he detained a group of boys who were vandalizing a home until the police could arrive. He did not hurt the boys in any way. He merely locked them in a closet for a few minutes so that they could not escape while police were on the way.

These young vandals entered a home that was in the process of being renovated, splattering paint on walls and cabinets, smashing counters and walls with hammers, spray painting filthy words and derogatory comments toward women on the walls, and breaking windows. They caused about $50,000 in damages.

The boys were arrested on felony burglary and criminal mischief charges. But Daniels was arrested as well, charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of children. How did the parents of the boys react? Instead of being humiliated by the actions of their children and by their own lack of parental skills, they complained to the police that Daniels should be charged with additional crimes because he scared their children.

And we wonder why our society is so messed up!

I never vandalized a house as a child, but when I was reprimanded by a teacher for doing something wrong, my parents didn’t try to justify my actions or sue the school district. They told me that my behavior was unacceptable and that in addition to any punishment the school had in mind, I’d be grounded as well. I didn’t like it, but I learned a lesson and didn’t do it again. Today, when rebellious kids are supported by their parents for their actions, they learn that there are no consequences for their actions. And if you grow up thinking that way, you’re going to have serious problems for the rest of your life.

Have you ever seen people get in trouble for doing the right thing? Let me know what happened and how it turned out. Do you remember a time when right was right and wrong was wrong? What do you think happened that caused things to take such a bad turn in our country? I’d love to hear from you about this.


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