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After twenty years in child protective services. I thought I’d seen it all. Every kind of cruelty perpetrated on young boys and girls, I have investigated.
This post is deliberately short, only because I feel compelled to add my voice in protest concerning Alabama Republican Candidate Roy Moore. I do understand that the allegations of child sexual abuse made boldly against him are just that. Allegations! Until they are investigated.
Had a report such as that arrived at my desk, I would have been out there turning every wet stone to see if it’s just filth under there or snakes. Might even be scorpions. But I would not have rested until I had determined the veracity of the complaint AND whether Roy Moore posed a threat to any child in his care, and that would have included his own grandchildren. Is he a threat to them? Yes, I would have done all that I could. TODAY!
Had Roy Moore been an ordinary citizen, he probably would have been arrested. Had I delayed in my responsibilities, the very people in government would have been having a fit, and their convulsions would not have ceased until they took possession of my head and one from each tier above me. Rightly so.
I thought we had reached rock bottom with the election and support of Trump. Well, GOP, please tell me and my fellow citizens, how much deeper America has to fall? When did child sexual abuse become a partisan issue? Then, to rub salt in the wound, his officials who don’t have the balls or competence to do otherwise, would dare demand that the victim take a polygraph test, and yet another attempting an unbelievable parallel with a birth from two thousand years ago. I know that you, Republican officials don’t care, but do you have to be stupid too?!
Today,like every day recent, anther headline whips us to frenzy. Today, The Hill reports that VP (fmr) Joe Biden, voiced his concern about the 2018 elections. He reportedly, expressed his belief that Russia will interfere in the U.S elections due next year. Now, I love, respect and support Joe Biden. This is not a criticism of him nor do I trivialise the threat, but please media and constituents, take a mighty deep breath. I have, and I’m vexed with my own country.
If you’re old enough to remember the Cold War, or interested in the period of our political history, you might be tempted to say, ‘well, what’s new’. After all, America mastered the craft and successfully manipulated elections if sovereign leaders dared imagine another way of life. Cripes, we gave Cuba half a century of our ire. Central America and the Caribbean still haven’t recovered from the trauma of the Reagan years. I don’t have to remind Americans of the domestic surveillance and despicable persecution of our own citizens. We hanged people who were trying to vote. Just know that the covert operations we experience now, is nothing new. But I have to admit that if Trump and cronies are all Russia had to work with, debacle is comedy. Ineptitude a tragedy.
At this time having accepted the ethically flexible, John Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State
(fmr), Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Justice Roberts’ Citizens United and worse, I am not convinced that we have the political will to demand transparency of process and unimpeded access to the ballot box. Over 90 million eligible voters didn’t vote in 2016 election. Disaffected? How about willingly disenfranchised? Over 1.4 million African American men will be unable to vote because of state laws. Overall, 3.9 million Americans have been stripped of their right to vote because of felony convictions. I ask, who gave any politician the justification for that? When did the felons lose their citizenship?
Accept this as you would a truism. Our troubles are manipulation of our elections, right? Well, for years Americans seemed to be okay with massive, blatant voter suppression, disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, race-baiting, purging, corruption and every kind of chicanery imaginable. Putin needed only to spice the dishes of animus ready-made to suit him. We happily offered him the opportunity. But who wants to hear that, when we have more pressing issues like Colin Kaepernick. Sad part is, sufficient ingredients are stocked to last several elections -if we still have elections.
Once we start from that premise and understand that capital punishment rests on a foundation of muck created by men, there’s nothing more that needs to be said. It is legal only because they say that it’s legal. It is legal because of citizens, who ought to be repulsed by shameless lawmakers, who use “tough on crime” to secure votes, permit that. It behooves our electorate to inform ourselves of the history surrounding the subject.
The fact of its immorality means that capital punishment cannot ever be justified and constitutionally acceptable. Running back and forth to the United States Supreme Court, to collectively ponder whether a particular case meets the test, the artificial standard, of “cruel and unusual punishment” is redundant and ridiculous. Being so because the actions of the State create circumstances of suffering that make it cruel and unusual.
But capital punishment extends further in its obscenity, corrupting each individual who facilitates the killing, from the judge who claims she’s only following the law, to the governor whose bloody hand approves the evil, all the way down to the brute that seeks the vein to administer the poison. Each participant, at every stage, makes a personal decision to kill the particular human being. There’s no excuse. Nothing decent can be found in what you chose to do. Stop the barbarity.
I woke up optimistic and went back to bed disillusioned. So I thought the least that I might do is bring attention to the plight of African-Americans caught up in America’s Criminal Justice System. An institution, if not by design, then surely by malice, IS determined to eliminate that particular segment of citizens. A protracted war could not have inflicted more suffering and human destruction. America’s Criminal Justice System is by practice, an evil institution.
One hears grudging admissions such as “well, the system is overwhelmed.” Platitudes about reform and trust building initiatives. If you refuse to believe that America can sort a billion Chinese, to find one prisoner unjustly incarcerated, then vehemently condemn China at international forums, as we do much the same at home, then I’m with you, because it’s truly incredible. So, the attached, though fictional, is worth imagining.