Mala Prohibita a term that is used to describe conduct that is prohibited by law but that is not inherently evil. Mala Prohibita has been put in place since the colonial times when the immigrants from Ireland and Italy were gaining political power in the United States. Since then Mala Prohibita has been used by the criminal system to criminalize the behavior of the immigrants. This occurred because of the fear the English had against immigrants and their traditions. For example; prohibition on alcohol. The white conservatives considered drinking an immoral behavior and thus make it a crime and with this many poor Irish were taken to jail. Prohibition targeted immigrants and the poor. In a court case called Tennessee v. John Scopes a man was found guilty for teaching the theory of evolution in his biology class. In this case the white conservatives criminalize the teachings of evolution because they found science threatening.
Since the 1950’s the 1950’s Mala Prohibita has changed and this happened with the victory of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt who ended alcohol prohibition and with this he ended a form of criminalization against minorities. Later in the 70’s the war of drug began and it targeted minorities, such as Latinos and blacks. But under George Bush and Obama this war started to end with the legalization of marijuana in some states like Colorado. This new laws have resulted in less incarcerations for drug possession. The benefits of this are that there will be a reduction of imamates for minor crimes on the overcrowded jails.
I believe society is becoming more liberal and crimes for immoral behavior are not being punished anymore. When the government legalize something they win because they get to regulate those substances that are illegal and they can tax it. In an article called, “States Putting Hopes in ‘Bottoms Up’ to Help the Bottom Line”, an associate professor of economics mentions that the government is not truly concern about people health issues when raising taxes on alcohol, that their only concern is revenue; “Legislators can say it’s to protect health and reduce drunk driving, and that’s what can draw support, but the real motivation is revenue.” To me it seems that every time there is a presidential election the criminal system becomes more liberal or more conservative depending on who wins. With this coming election if we have a liberal victory the country will continue to move left as if has happen in the Obama presidency and people are not going to be criminalized for actions that are defined as morally wrong by the conservatives. But if conservatives win then actions that are considered morally wrong will be considered crimes.
Severson, Kim. “States Putting Hopes in ‘Bottoms Up’ to Help the Bottom Line.” The New York Times. N.p., 28 Sept. 2011. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
This election is dividing people into two groups; minorities and Anglo-Saxon. Both candidates are using the language that their radical supporters on each side want to hear. But I am seeing a lot more hypocrisy from the Liberals and how they are brainwashing their supporters.
The Democrats attack the Republican candidate Donald Trump for his comments about wanting to deport all the undocumented Mexicans. They get really offended when Trump mentions that he will deport those criminals who are here illegally, but Democrat supporters did not got offended when in a series of WikiLeaks-exposed emails the Democrat party called us “taco voters” (Top Right News). Democrats have always demonstrated support for Latinos and minorities but only in words and not in action. Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other administration. According to reason.com: “Obama’s government has deported more than 2.5 million people—up 23% from the George W. Bush years. More shockingly, Obama is now on pace to deport more people than the sum of all 19 presidents who governed the United States from 1892-2000.” The saddest thing is that most Democrat supporters know this fact and they don’t care at all. They believe the Republicans are the evil ones who hate minorities for defending the values of freedom and the rule of law. They forget that Ronald Reagan a Republican president gave Amnesty to many. According to npr.org: “in 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law. The bill also made any immigrant who’d entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty.” It was a Republican who change the life of many undocumented immigrants. The intentions of Reagan were good because he wanted to help all these people but as we have seen they did not solve the issue of immigration because we still have a broken immigration system. Democrats supporters only care about the issue of immigration and believe the Democrats are right because they want to give amnesty instead of fixing the immigration system. They don’t see that the problem with this is that is not going to solve the issue, because in ten more years we are going to have the same problem.
The right thing and most effective will be to, secure the border, allow people who want to become residents and give work or student visas to those who only want to come here temporally. This will prevent people from putting their life on risk by crossing the border and it will keep families together. It will also put some order and organization on the immigration system of this country. This way we will always have a stable and welcoming immigration system.
Another form of contradiction in voters is how mad they get for the offensive and denigrating comments Trump has made about women in the past, but many of those supporters especially female artist doesn’t show any respect for their body and put women as a sexual object.
Not only this but the country is moving toward socialism, and big government. A system that many had in their own countries of origin. Many don’t see this but an example is control of the health system such as Obama care, on the education, and on how religion especially Catholicism should be run. They also don’t want citizens to have guns but the government has their own body guards armed. They said they value life but support the “rights” of women to kill its baby by supporting Planned Parenthood.
The media is using the topic of immigration to distract people from what is important, “the end of democracy, the end of liberty” Fr. Santiago Martin
In my option everyone has the right to vote for whom they like but they don’t have the right to not inform themselves. Because they will putting the country in hands of those who don’t practice what they preach. Or maybe this is only a political strategy to keep the left on power, and maybe this election will look like the one we had in 2012 in which they put in place the least capable or experienced candidate from the Republican party.
What we can do as people of this country is to educate ourselves before going out and vote because ignorance is expensive.