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Slipping Standards of American Justice

July 7, 2016 4 Comments

The daily reports of violence make life in America scary and real. I see the trend that has been targeting young black males, but I am a little old lady, as WASP as WASP can be. I do not trust the police as far as I can throw them.  They make my neighborhood very unsafe by refusing to respond when crime is reported.  I don’t fear brutality, but everyone where I live has suffered years of police mendacity that has destroyed any trust there might have been in our local law enforcement agencies.  The new sliding scale introduced for the unprecedented Hillary e mail case is all about intent.  Now it is more important to decide if the entity meant do violate laws rather than to know if laws were broken.  That is how there can be a homicide with no person who committed it.  The crazy trend to reach a verdict without any trial or jury, by letting the FBI decide, or by letting cops murder people without even arresting them has gone way too far.  We are not safe in our homes or on the streets of our cities.  The system is not rigged, per se, it is just entirely corrupt.  It is not a matter of good cop/bad cop. It is a dysfunctional system that is not attached to justice, but to a separate reality in which there is no law but their opinion.  My Puritan ancestors would plotz to know what has become of their nation.

What would the ancestors do?

  • Create a public school system for the purpose of teaching civics
  • Reward those who tattle on any infraction of the law
  • Publicly shame those who break the law
  • Keep a very close watch on the constable to avoid corruption
  • Make every man woman and child defend the nation through service
  • Punish everyone who deviated from their religious beliefs (that was where they lost it and went off the rails)

We can never go back to colonial America to find out how we lost our ethical boundaries and our civil rights.   Murders by cop are live streamed to the world today.  I have not watched this last one because I saw the one from Baton Rouge yesterday, and I can’t take in another one.  The victim’s mother has decided not to watch it for her own mental health.  We need to find a way to stop the bloodbath. I am calling on all my relations to give me insight into this crisis.

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Self Evident, Truths

March 9, 2014 2 Comments

The Declaration of Independence is often quoted saying:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  • What then, is true about our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness?
  • Have the tables turned on middle class and working class tax payers, or is poverty the new happiness?
  • Does the government work as it is intended or is it off the rails?
  • Where is the Creator and what can be done to get some clarity about these rights that are not distributed evenly?

I believe that our short-sighted system that rewards politicians for serving special interests of all kinds is dishonest.  Lobbyists and lawyers write the laws that favor their patrons.  Our lawmakers just pass them with little revision or thought.  This is not what the taxpayers intended when we paid our taxes.  I wrote both a senator and a congressman about serious issues in the last year. The senator has not responded at all.  The congressman never answered my concern but sent me an e-mail asking me to rate the quality of the help I had received from his office.  I replied that there had been none, so it was not applicable.  There has still been no response.  I give it an F.

Education is the way out of this hole in which we find American democracy.  It seems that the people who know who government works are abusing the systems, while the majority are not well served by the results.  iCivics is addressing the problem of a large undereducated population that does not participate in elections.  In the future we can hope educated people will make the bureaucracy responsive to all citizens.  Learning how the government is intended to work is the first step toward making it work.

Retired Cowgirl, Sandra Day O’Connor on iCivics

March 7, 2013 2 Comments

My hero was interviewed by PBS’s Charlie Rose tonight.  Sandra Day O’Connor was feisty, and classy and well spoken.  Yesterday she was on NPR radio, making the publicity rounds.  She is promoting her new book, Out of Order and her project, iCivics.  She points out that we have public education to teach the students to be good citizens, but there is no longer civics instruction in public school.  Her humility is as impressive as her continued public service. She does refer to herself as a retired cowgirl, which is typical of her style. Her mission to keep the government of the people, for the people, and by the people from perishing from this earth is a Supreme gift to the American people of the future.

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