"I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances," Carlson said on the show. "But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that. He wasn't, but the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs?"I will never condone what Vick did, but he served his time, and by all appearances, he seems to have himself on a pretty good path in his life right now. This is not to say he couldn't screw up again, but his comeback has been remarkable so far.
This was all said in response to a story that President Obama spoke with the Eagles' owner and praised him and his organization for giving a convicted felon who has rehabilitated himself a second chance to be a productive member of society.
So, a couple of points here. First Carlson is way out of line for that comment. By that definition, the line to the gas chambers would be a very long one indeed. I've often said that Vick would have gotten a fairer shake by society if he had killed a person instead of a dog. This would be a prime example of that. But then, he is on Fox News, so fair and balanced is only a slogan.
Second, there is a lot of talk of why Obama would make that call. Well, he didn't call to talk about Vick, he called to talk about the Eagles' plans to make Lincoln Financial Field self sustainable energy-wise with their new 'green' initiatives. The conversation turned to Vick after that, so the assumption that this was a call to solely praise Vick is wrong. But, so what? Vick is being made an example of in so many ways, why not make him a good example of someone who has committed a despicable crime and has rehabilitated himself. Let's not use the reverse-celebrity bias here to belittle his rehab just because he plays football. Shouldn't anyone who has excellent skills at a particular profession get a second chance? Assuming of course that profession is not directly linked to the crime. Having a convicted child molester going back to work for a daycare is not appropriate. I would not expect Vick to open a kennel or animal hospital anytime soon either.
Let's not forget that Vick also owes creditors millions of dollars. Those creditors would not have had a chance of getting any of that money back if Vick was not allowed to play football but instead had to bag groceries.
If we, as a society, are going to send people to prison for all sorts of crimes in the name of rehabilitating some of those people for when they are released, then why is Vick not getting credit for demonstrating that, in his case, the system worked?