Preventing Prison Rape

From Alas, a Blog (via Our Descent Into Madness):

In a letter published in The New York Review of Books, David Kaiser of Just Detention International argues that we could significantly reduce prison rape, if we genuinely wanted to.

Why aren’t we doing this?  Do we consider the rights of inmates to be that unimportant?  Is it just for people, jailed for nonviolent offenses, to suffer the profoundly damaging crime of rape because they had to spend a year in the lockup?

Our prison system is a human rights nightmare, and we cannot in the even the lightest sense claim to be a country with respect for the rule of law when we allow it to be so violently broken.


Ending the Health Care Debate

Countries that implement socialized health care are able to prevent deaths we are not.  How many?  Approximately 101 thousand a year.  Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – France, Japan and Australia rated best and the United States worst in new rankings focusing on preventable deaths due to treatable conditions in 19 leading industrialized nations, researchers said on Tuesday.

If the U.S. health care system performed as well as those of those top three countries, there would be 101,000 fewer deaths in the United States per year, according to researchers writing in the journal Health Affairs.

Key Points:

  1. We can afford it.  If every other industrialized country in the world can afford socialized health care, so can we.
  2. It will save lives.  No system is perfect, but know our current system is deeply flawed.

The opposition pulls some pretty fancy footwork attempting to argue against it, but in the end they fail utterly to make the case.  Universal Health Care is practical, and the alternative is unethical.  Because some Americans are concerned about taxes, other Americans die.  There is no way to twist reality and have that be right.

Right now, of the viable candidates only John Edwards has a plan to insure all Americans.  No wonder his second place victory in Iowa was ignored and he is demonized by the conservative media as a socialist.  Hard core conservatives are afraid of an authentic liberal gaining power in this country.  And no issue speaks with more fire to the very core of that liberal ethos than universal health care.

Although it is a liberal issue, it has a uniquely bipartisan appeal.  This is something Americans want.  As Hillary and Obama look for an edge, they might want to take a second look at their health care proposals.