Dennis Prager

Our beloved country is flipping out. The effects of The Age of Stupidity ushered in during the '60s and '70s are omnipresent. It is highly doubtful that there is a living member of the World War II generation who could have imagined that seventh-graders would one day be brought in shackles into an American courtroom for playfully swatting a girl's buttocks. It is also true that there is no member of that generation who could ever have imagined something as low-life as a "slap butt day" in an American middle school. But that is another matter.

Apparently ex-Raleigh/Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong is not the only D.A. in America who has used his almost unlimited power to hurt innocent boys.

Nifong, it will be recalled, brought phony charges of gang rape against three Duke lacrosse players, lied about having more evidence, withheld critical information from the defense and in sundry other ways did whatever he could to ruin three innocent boys' lives.

Nifong has since been disbarred.

Nifong has met his match in Oregon, where Bradley Berry has done his best to ruin two innocent boys' lives. Perhaps the major difference is that the boys Bradley Berry is abusing are seventh-graders, not college students.

The story is so angering that one can only wonder whether America is suffering from a surfeit of district attorneys who are either incompetent or just lack elementary human decency. One prays these two district attorneys are exceptions. But there is only one way to ensure that they are. Bradley, like Nifong, must be removed from office. Anyone who believes that seventh-graders who swat girls' buttocks on "slap butt day" are sex criminals who should be charged with crimes that would permanently label them as sex offenders is a dangerous fool. A district attorney who believes that is a dangerous fool. Bradley Berry has acted like Mike Nifong. He needs to be punished like Mike Nifong.

My show and my listeners have been instrumental in helping getting all the charges against the boys dropped -- this happened just yesterday. Now we will focus our attention on removing Bradley Berry from office.

A democracy cannot long survive the contempt more and more Americans feel for American law.


Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.
 
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