Trying to catch up. Been traveling to central america, and the last couple weeks, trying to get back into things here.
Billy has a couple things that are required reading, the first here:
Law & Order types rarely take an effort to distinguish the ethics of any given law and despise doing so. Therefore, it is enough for them to hear that a given person is in-hand, and then Due Process will sort it out. The thinking here is, roughly, “If he was charged, then he must’ve been doing something wrong.” Such a person rarely or never considers the open-ended implications: what if one of his values, the pursuit of which causes no one harm, becomes proscribed at law?
A couple things to note: 1. “Law & Order types rarely take an effort to distinguish the ethics of any given law and despise doing so,” and 2. ‘The “thinking” here is…’
A couple points: 1. law and order types I’ve encountered almost universally crave abdication of their moral responsibility to distinguish right from wrong, preferring instead to rely on easy excuses like, “It’s the law,” even if the law is obviously contrary to what is clearly right, and 2. there is no thinking involved in believing that being charged is the same as guilt. It’s a Pavlovian response, not thinking.
The second item from Billy is here:
Think about “The United States”. These days, you hear politicians and other mouthy twits rattling on about “unity”. Of course, this is part & parcel of the entire socialist theme, but it also has a most unfortunate aspect in its standing in the American political heritage. It’s a long-bone in our political lexicon. What’s grievously unfortunate is that the only thing about American politics that “united” this country was dying lip-service (known as “the Constitution”) to the ideals originally set forth in the Declaration of Independence. It was the essential idea of freedom that was the object of the “union” — no matter how badly it was served, ever after.
No socialist idea was ever a part of that, and this is the ghastly perversion of the concept of “union” that we face now: the socialists have something in mind that is simply not American. When they talk about “unity”, they are not talking about agreement on fidelity to the idea of freedom. They’re talking about a hive.
“agreement on fidelity to the idea of freedom.” That is the essence of the origin of America. And it’s been misunderstood, spit on, ridiculed, manipulated, robbed, beaten, pitchcapped, raped, and murdered since its birth.
What can be done? Well, it ain’t much, but get familiar with jury nullification.