Want to lose all hope for humanity? Don’t waste your time watching The Bachelor or listening to Justin Bieber. No need to travel to Darfur or the Burmese police state. Just read the comments section of every major news website, including ours.
With only the occasional exception, it is a moral wasteland of racism, small-mindedness, ignorance and slander.
If you are a decent, thinking person, combat those comments by posting your own, or report them as offensive. I beg you.
Her post itself led to another active comments section and Welch's position is firmly in the minority of the thirty or so there as I write this.
What I find most interesting is how disconnected she appears to be (or chooses to be, if that's the case) between who these people are making the comments and who she makes them out to be (at one point, referencing the KKK). Welch - like many other left-wingers who have spent the previous decades espousing forgiveness and rehabilitation - doesn't realize that somewhere in the last ten years or so, we probably hit a tipping point in regards to crime and punishment.
What the left doesn't realize is that they blew their opportunity to show that their way could have meaningful impact of the actions of habitual criminals. They kept making excuses why serious crime was affecting more and more people and criminals were not "learning their lessons". They couldn't prevent the steady increase of repeat offenders, people whose actions show again and again that one must choose to rehabilitate and rejoin society. Years went by. Decades went by. They kept trying with their policies and the Canadian justice system was certainly dominated by these motivations. (For example, house arrest, pardons for almost all who apply, etc.)
And now people are getting angry. They have long ago reached the breaking point and are tired of the steady stream of failure on behalf of those who chose to promote the "civilized" way.
And they make comments when they can. People express their frustration in whatever venues appear to give them a voice for their angst.
And "high minded" people like Welch call them racists and bigots for it.
Without evening pretending to understand why so many are angry in the first place.