Governing by consent of the rabble…
An open letter to the Portland Oregonian…
Page D1 of the January 16th issue of the Oregonian featured an article titled, “Governing by consent of the rabble” by Andy Parker.
In short, Mr. Parker took umbrage at residents in the Milwaukie, Oregon area who are fighting against the purchase of a “Sex-offender Motel” in their neighborhood.
Parker’s first point seems to be that since the county Sheriffs office doesn’t have the manpower to commit to 24/7 oversight of all of the other sex offenders in Clackamas County, it’s unfair for local citizens to discriminate against these sex-offenders just because they’re mentally ill.
He call’s this an “irrational bias.”
Second, Parker seems to consider it unfair that the local government would take steps to halt the purchase and opening of a sex-offender motel, based solely on the outcry of the local residents, simply because the planners of this facility are a “non-profit organization.”
To quote Mr. Parker: “Dozens of residents complained last month about a facility for mentally ill felons planned for the site.” A site similar to one in Cornelius that included “a sex-offender who had raped a young girl” These quotes are not mine, but directly from the article, but please note the term “felons”
All this despite the fact the Parker’s own article opens with the statement, “Most of the dangerous predatory sex-offenders living in the Milwaukie area – five in all – live in a small motel a couple of blocks north of the city…” and “some of them are back in jail. One has disappeared.”
Well, that certainly alleviates our concerns, huh?
Parker also assures us that such facilities are run by “professionals who do good work.”
Okay, time for a little personal perspective here. I worked in the “mental heath” field for ten years, both as a daily care giver and as a facility administrator. What qualifications were required of me for these positions?
I had to have reliable transportation, and be able to start immediately. Not exactly an overwhelming endorsement for the “professionals” in this field.
Yet, Parker suggests that we, the “rabble” who work, live, and raise our families in these neighborhoods have an “irrational bias” towards mentally ill predatory sex-offenders.
I would suggest to Mr. Parker that our “irrational bias” is not based on his over-use of the politically-sympathetic term “mentally ill” but on the other half of that diagnosis, “predatory sex offender.”
Mr. Parker, I have a young daughter and, personally, I don’t care if a person is “mentally ill,” “emotionally challenged,” or a cone-head from the planet Remulak, I will do everything in my power to keep her, and my neighborhoods, safe from your “predatory sex offenders.”
I don’t care if they’re “mentally ill” and I don’t care if they’re “supervised” I don’t want them in my neighborhood and I don’t want them near my children.
“Governing by consent of the rabble?” Yes, Mr. Parker…that’s what we call Democracy.