Saturday, May 02, 2015

The 'two-party system' is a Stockholm Syndrome

The so-called two party system is so corrupt that even the body charged with regulating the minimal campaign finance rules has given up hope of forcing the two parties and their candidates of respecting the law. 


It still mystifies me why this system, which is a myth perpetuated by the corporate media and academics, has such a hold on the voters it works so hard to stick it to.


 




Friday, May 01, 2015

Baltimore charges help civilized society fight impunity



I’ve read a lot of snotty memes this week supporting impunity. If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen them: the pictures of black (always all black) men rioting with wording along the lines of “if you don’t want to be killed by police, then all you have to do is not break the law.”


 
I’m sure the people sharing these memes are saints of the law who have never texted while driving or gone 1 mph above 65 on the highway.




Not surprisingly, this was shown to be untrue. Today, the Baltimore prosecutor announced that Freddie Gray didn’t actually commit any crime, before he was arrested and died in police custody.




According to her, his very arrest was illegal in the first place. And that's before his alleged murder.


With charges including second degree murder against thearresting officers, I applaud the prosecutor for striking a blow against impunity by forcing the accused to answer for their actions before the justice system.




Impunity has no place in a civilized society. As this week’s riots illustrated, when law enforcement acts like the law doesn’t apply to them, it makes their job harder by giving license to everyone else to act the same way.