(Sunday, March 23, 2014)
If it is not your common practice to read Kevin Baker's blog ("the smallest minority on earth is the individual ..."), I don't know why. But in that case, you probably are unaware of the "Uber Post" he published over the weekend.
In it, he discusses respect for the law on three levels: Respect by The People, Respect by The Judiciary, and Respect by The President.
The president will not enforce the law. Prosecutors are not infrequently allowed misconduct in the cases they bring to trial, and the judges allow them to get away with it .... or they are subject to losing their bench because the prosecutors ask that the judges recuse themselves from the cases. And judges may decide judgements which are either not based on the facts presented, or the applicable laws.
Which puts the lie to the belief that in America we are governed by "the Rule of Law, rather than "the Rule of Man".
In that case, The People also lose respect for the law.
Another popular belief is that a man may be found guilty of breaking a law of which he was not aware, because "Ignorance Is No Excuse!" Which is true, and at the same time almost inevitable. The fact is, nobody know what the law is; they are too numerous for even the Federal Government to be capable of making the full body of Federal Law available to The People, to the Lawyers, to the Prosecutors, to the Judges, to the Legislators or to The President (who now makes his own laws, modifies them on whim, and chooses which laws he will enforce on a daily basis).
Baker elucidates our concern that we are reaching, or have already reached, the "Tipping Point" beyond which both the America Economy and the American Society will no longer be viable.
The Bottom Line of the commentary?
But if they haven't broken us to the State by the time all those spinning plates start falling off their sticks, well, as I've said before, our "austerity protests" are going to be SPECTACULAR.So put on your tinfoil hat, secure it to your head with a roll of Duct Tape, pour yourself a healthy measure of your favorite beverage and RTWT!