Everyone has his version of the truth, but seldom share it. Whether it’s the taste, the smell or whatever, the ugly thing can help you lose friends and create bitter enemies. I wonder if it’s because once acknowledged, truth will not leave until you do, or stop doing, a particular wrong. Our criminal justice system is an apt example.
Let’s take the current situation in Missouri. Not that it’s unique. Far cry. But because it is active, makes that a good example, willing to say a textbook case of what leadership is not. Step back with me a bit.
Jay Nixon was a two term democratic governor when Ferguson managed to make world news. That was due to the police killing of Michael Brown and the conduct of the entire criminal justice system in Missouri. As Gov Nixon and Ferguson Mayor Knowles went into hiding for four days, the police were left to “pacify” peaceful protesters. No one could have imagined police management to be that inept, or any criminal justice system be so inbred and corrupted.
The current governor Eric Greitens is a republican. He never went into hiding, but nothing says “I don’t know what to do”, like readying the National Guard to control a relatively small number of cooperating protesters. So far, more than 150 persons have been arrested for petty misdemeanours, especially not moving when told by the police.
Both dealt with protesters as the problem. Neither appeared capable of confronting and addressing the root of the problem. But quite willing to talk tough and use force.
No civic minded person supports lawlessness. So I agree for now, lock them up. Repeat next year and the years after. Finally both the state and protesters would be locked in an increasingly dysfunctional way of life that the state CANNOT win. That would be despite being a police state. Right now, both Blacks and Whites, males and females are being threatened and arrested. How long does the state and local governments think that they can keep this up? I’ll hazard a guess. When you stop seeing truth as the enemy.