1. The legal community, largely if not entirely, Liberal/Progressive, played a major role in wreaking havoc in the black community. Starting in the sixties, ordinary people, black and white, watched in stupefaction as liberal social reformers came in and jettisoned thousands of years of human knowledge to rewrite criminal laws and government welfare policies. Liberals living in monochromatically white suburbs or doorman buildings in the city said Lets try these new ideas that sound really cool, like school busing and deemphasizing prison! a. In the 2008 election cycle, the industry [lawyers] contributed a massive $234 million to federal political candidates and interests , 76 percent of which went to Democratic candidates and committees. Lawyers / Law Firms | OpenSecrets b. Trial lawyers are holding steady as one of the Democratic Party's biggest sources of campaign contributions, Trial Lawyers Sticking With Democratic Party 2. Thomas Sowell, in The Vision of the Anointed, explained that the old view was to put criminals in prison; the new view, held by, for example, Lyndon Johnsons attorney-general Ramsey Clark, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, DC circuit judge David Bazelon, was to avoid sending criminals to prison and instead spend all our resources focusing on the root causes of crime. a. In the words of Judge Bazelon, poverty is the root cause of crime. Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, p. 158. 3. The basic idea that liberal judges and politicians were pushing was that society should be nice to criminals, so they would re-pay us with law-abiding behavior. Ramsey Clark: " The theory of rehabilitation is based on the belief that healthy, rational people will not injure others, that they will understand that the individual and his society are best served by conduct that does not inflict injury, that a just society has the ability to provide health and purpose and opportunity for all its citizens. Rehabilitated, an individual will not have the capacity - cannot bring himself - to injure another or take or destroy property. " a. Of course, if that were true, he wouldnt have committed crimes in the first place. b. Despite being insane, the reformers won out. The test of public policy vs. human nature began! c. Need empirical evidence? Crime rates skyrocketed. By 1974, the murder rate was over twice that of 1961. Between 1960 and 1976, a citizens chances of becoming a victim of a major violent crime tripled. Sowell, Op.Cit., p.27. 4. The smart set turned American cities into petri dishes for crime and degenerate behavior sans punishment. Thousands died, were raped, disfigured in criminal acts made possible by the Warren Court, the ACLU, liberal professors and activists, and lawyers. Coulter, "Mugged." a. When a former NYC police commissioner objected to lenient Supreme Court rulings, during a 1965 judicial conference, he was immediately met with ridicule by a law professor who asked, I wonder what rights wed have left if we always yielded to the police hysteria. Sowell, Op. Cit., p.26. b.I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. Wm. F. Buckley When Liberal policies are preeminent in jurisprudence.....the effect on the nation is chaos.