Laws must be applied equally or they don’t matter

Volodymr Zhukovskyy is what happens you stop enforcing all the laws, for all the people.

If you tell one group of individuals that, for whatever reason, there are certain laws they no longer have to abide by, it’s not long before everybody else begins to believe that there’s no reason they should be held accountable for any crimes they commit either.

Here’s the deal for any society: either all the laws have to be enforced for everybody, across the board, or pretty soon they’re not going to be enforced for anybody.

The only alternative is to start repealing all the laws that are apparently optional for some people, but not others. Fair’s fair, right? Isn’t that what the 14th amendment is all about – equal protection under the law?

Yes, I know, Voldymr Zhukovskyy is not an American, but he is in the country legally (pending the ICE detainer of course). The problem is, with all the illegal criminals who are here getting a pass, day in and day out, from everything identity theft to fentanyl dealing, why shouldn’t Voldymr too have expected all the passes he got… on drunk driving, on cocaine, on heroin, on larceny, in Massachusetts, in Connecticut, in Texas?

And so he enjoyed his multiple passes, right up until last Friday afternoon, when he killed seven Americans while driving a pickup truck in northern New Hampshire.

It’s been called defining deviancy down, this policy of looking the other way when it comes to bad behavior. An antidote to this society-wide breakdown of civilization is the broken-windows theory of law enforcement: If you stop criminals when they commit less serious offenses, maybe they’ll get the idea. Or at least be off the street for a while.

Seriously, until Friday what did Voldymr Zhukovskky have to fear from the criminal-justice system? Everything he ever did got him nothing more than a wrist slap. He’s from Hampden County, where the mayor of Springfield, a Democrat, has repeatedly begged the local judges to stop releasing violent criminals back into the community?

Hampden County is where a couple of years ago a judge had before her a Dominican welfare fraudster, who had stolen more than $40,000 in food stamps at his bodega. The judge told the foreign felon, if you were an American, I’d sentence you to prison, but you’d be deported if I did, so I’m going to give you a suspended sentence that will allow you to stay in this wonderful nation.

Voldymr Zhukovskyy is charged with killing seven people on Friday night, and he doesn’t get picked up by the State Police until Monday morning, more than 60 hours later. Yet the cops still report finding heroin “residue” in his home in West Springfield? He didn’t even consider using the weekend to clear the Class A contraband out of his house?

He apparently had no fear of the law. Actually, it appears he didn’t even bother to scrub his social media accounts. Is it really a good look for a guy who mowed down seven motorcyclists in broad daylight to be posing on the web, glassy-eyed, clutching the neck of a bottle of Hennessy cognac?

Not only does he ever seem to get punished for the crimes he commits, he doesn’t have to even pay for his own legal defense. He can come up $2500 for bond on his latest OUI down in East Windsor, he has $40 for a bottle of imported brandy, but he gets a public defender after he wipes out half the Jarheads MC?

Forget sanctuary cities, or sanctuary states. It’s a sanctuary nation for Volodymr Zhhukovskky and millions like him, citizens, legal aliens and illegals alike.

Consider Jose Vittini-Arias, an accused illegal Dominican fentanyl dealer. He was arrested last week by the local cops in Salem, on drug-trafficking charges. But the state had never gone after him after they discovered that he had fraudulently obtained a state driver’s license. They just revoked his (Real ID-approved) license, and he allegedly went on selling poison in Essex County.

Gov. Baker was asked about the Salem case Monday, and he shrugged it off.

By the way, Tall Deval has now flown off to London to deliver the keynote address at the 2019 RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind Conference. First things first.

The point is, if you don’t lug an illegal drug dealer like Jose Vittini-Arias for identity theft, why would you go after a legal petty criminal Voldomyr Zhukovskky? Defining deviancy down….

The problem is, if nobody ever gets taken down for anything, how long is it until you’re letting state troopers – sworn law enforcement — embezzle tens of thousands of dollars from the federal government, and then allowing them walk out of court without serving a single day in prison?

Oh wait….

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