Monday, October 03, 2005

Tiahrt reacts without thinking

Todd Tiahrt has done it again, initiating ill-though out vague laws, based on a Knee-jerk reaction and just plain grandstanding. This time, according to The Wichita Eagle, Oct. 1, 2005, our representative wants to ban any U.S. veterans sentenced to life in prison from being buried in military cemeteries. This was action was in response to by Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer.
It’s not hard to see why people don’t want Rader to be buried in a military cemetery, but Tiahrt’s bill is too vague and unnecessary. A person can get a life sentence for other things besides murder. While Rader made a career of killing people, a confused vet could make one mistake and loose his or her right to a proper burial.
With the new Patriot Act, which Tiahrt whole-heartedly supports, a person could serve a life-sentence without ever being charged with a crime or having a day in court.
As usual, Tiahrt’s bill is poorly thought out, which is not surprising, given that Tiahrt has a hard time thinking anything out.

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