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The Lukewarm Response to Criminal Justice Reform

I have been asked to contribute to this blog as joint venture with my brother in Christ Sandy Sanders. I have known Sandy through Toastmaster International, the Richmond Crusade for Voters and and via church invitations and Bible study. Think of this as a bi-partisan coverage of news which we both think is important.
“Somebody, tell me what the deal is *I had enough*
People (replaced as a blog appropriate term)got to know it’s for real
Enough is enough, we gon’ start calling your bluff
Watching your moves, we gon’ be all in your stuff
Masta Ace

Enuff Disposable Arts, 2001.

President Donald Trump collected a bi-parisan group of elected officials and got Criminal Justice Reform passed on December 21, 2018. We should be happy about this occurrence. However, as I read other publications with my highlighter and pen in hand, I see that people are unhappy with the government shut down. As the Richmond Free Press describes it, “root of muted celebration.”
Smh. I have come to terms that people are NEVER going to be happy with anything that President Trump does. Senator Cory Booker was quoted as saying, “when you correct an injustice in a biased system, it dramatically helps marginalized people.” Democrat Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is correct; when those men and women come home to their communities after sentence cuts, there will be tremendous loc news coverage. “Thanks to Trumps criminal justice reform, so-and-so, is coming home to his/her family the TV news will trumpet.
Let me just say that the so-called great first African American President who everyone still gives all this credit to did NOT get this type of important legislation passed in his first two years even when he had control of both houses of Congress. I believe that Donald Trump deserves credit as a first term President who got in and got the thing done. Regardless if you like him or not, put some respect on it!!!!! He did what Former President Barack Obama could not do. 
Hold on Senator Booker how long has Democratic leadership represented the people of the Newark, New Jersey? Surely the good Democrats could have helped blacks out?!
Then Virginia chimed in (oh boy). Here comes Democrat Robert C. Scott Congressman of Virginia’s 3rd District (please be advised that Congressman Scott won his seat only after the district was gerrymandered by the federal government). Who the Free Press advises that he began “championing sentencing reform more than two decades ago”.
The story advises that state and local citizens may still have issues with the criminal justice system because we only have changes to the federal system.
If it’s right, can’t we work and get the same thing done? Surely We have enough Democrats to jump start this thing?!
Why can’t we teach our young people not to get into issues with the criminal justice system in the first place. Why is it so difficult to work with someone who you may not agree totally with? I am a Libertarian and I have healthy, open dialog with the Republicans, TEA Party and Green Party often. If you want to get the job done or make the change, you have to come to the table. And when people show up to the table to chat, we should not make fun of them. Folks had a field day with Kanye and Steve Harvey when they accepted an invitation to the White House.
Just because a politician is black, does not mean that he or she has my best interest in mind. If Congressman Scott was a champion for such change for two decades and no change was made, we should question him graduating to higher representation if he could not get the bill done. Students do not get matriculated to a higher grade by failing the course of study in a lower grade or prerequisite class.
Why do Black people act as if the Republicans are our enemy? It is embarrassing. Then when Black people say they support the Republican Party, here comes the insults and name calling. For me in 2019, I am going to continue to watch the bills, communicate with elected officials to work and express my opinion.
With this one major power move President Trump may have ensured his reelection because there could be an overall increase to between 20 – 30% of the Black vote in places like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Delaware and Rhode Island. Even perhaps New Jersey, Colorado or Illinois.  With that the President should win easily provided that the enconmy does not tank or Trumpnis implicated in a real crime with real evidence.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

2 Responses to “The Lukewarm Response to Criminal Justice Reform”

  1. Bob Shannon

    This guy gets it…really gets it. What a wonderful learning experience just reading his writings. He has the potential to lead other through the decades of hype and intentional misinformation to the truth. Keep going Corey, you have a sizable audience out here clamoring for more.
    On the very topic Corey is speaking to allow me to add my two cents.

    Last year we had the President of the Virginia Charter Schools speak to our group in King William . This gentlemen made a powerful and compelling point of how the beholden members of the G.A simply refuse to open up Virginia to Public Charter Schools. Virginia has 6, let me repeat that 6 Public Charter schools in the entire state, North Carolina has somewhere in the neighborhood of 155.

    Now if these so called patrons of the oppressed, the disadvantaged , gave a rats ass about these people they would be raising hell to get Public Charter school legislation moving in the right direction. Why don’t they ? Because of one simple reason, they are both beholden and terrified of the VDEA. The power and money these folks lavish on members of the G.A takes a front seat to the secondary consideration of getting these children their best shot at a meaningful education.
    Look at the results of the Public Charter Patrick Henry School ( in Richmond and one of Virginia’s six public charter schools), the hundreds of parents who patiently stand in line trying to get their kids into this school and ask yourself why this is permitted to continue, particularly given the well documented failure of public schools across the nation.

    Scott, Booker and scores of others who claim to carry the mantle for the disadvantaged are charlatans, phonies of the highest order,so beholden to the education establishment that they dare not challenge it, if they intend to keep their coveted power.

    Coreys question as to why the great Obama never labored to make this criminal justice reform a top priority shines a spotlight on the lefts hypocrisy. Obama cared about Obama, and if anyone including the downtrodden gained a single iota of any benefit, it was a result of it being ancillary to his advancement of himself.
    Keep telling the truth Corey. I have said so often over the years ” you win one mind at a time”, and you are winning them by the scores.

    Bob Shannon King William

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