Again, the information here has been more than helpful. Thank you for the time you have spent. I am going to like mulling Mike Erikson's rock climbing analogy in my head (at the moment, it's working out for me ;o) and also Jennifer's comment:
"My issues with this registration law are numerous. If we are scared to death of all the evil lurking in our neighborhoods, why don't we also have listings of every murderer, batterer, thief, etc.? It seems that whenever children are involved, the laws become widespread because we must "protect the children." Nevermind that some parents don't bother to keep an eye on their kids, or lock the door at night."
This is very true. It can sometimes get in our heads that parents do everything they can for their children to be safe. Clearly, if it were us we would. (We acknowledge that we have brains, and use 'em!) But for some, this isn't the case. I addressed this a bit once before when I brought up the fact that some left-wingers believe that women should be able to have children even if they have no ability to provide for the children whatsoever... safety or otherwise. They believe the state should do it. The same state that let the pedophile out in the first place... after he begged to be treated and admitted to recidivism being inevitable. Sheesh. You're right when you say it is a joke. It is crystal clear to me now.
You deserve to be told that your story there affected me deeply... in a troubling sense, but also in a rather uplifting manner. I am incredibly appalled that anything of that sort could happen to you, and particularly that the perps would go unpunished. You wrote that you experienced "torture" in even your small-time prison. This is a very scary fact. When you associate yourself with mostly civilized individuals as I do, you sometimes begin to think that most everyone is that way... that uncivilized is a rather rare occurrence. But clearly from your perspective, it is not.
Thank you so much for sharing. I admire your ability to move beyond this troubling incident. You are what I am always talking about when people try to downplay the power of human beings to triumph. People don't give themselves enough credit by any stretch.... and statists just love to capitalize on their perceived weakness in order to keep them playing this ridiculous game. More should be made of what we overcome. That is what I plan on doing in my life. That is what Objectivism has shown me.
*warm, fuzzy feelings replacing the angry ones...*
But I've got to hold on to some of them for tomorrow, when I return to Marxism 101. Thanks for the recommendation, Mr. Malcom!