I confess I’m at a loss to understand what exactly is going on.
The country has had a black president for going on eight years, political correctness seems to be the byword, both the Democratic and Republican parties have women as a announced candidates, ethnic minorities constitute a growing number of those who hold elected office and occupy positions of authority, and yet racism seems to be increasing.
A racism that knows neither racial or gender barriers – that’s right,racism among whites, blacks, hispanics, the nations, and any ethnic group you might name.
It isn’t just white racism, but black racism and every other kind of racism you can name as well.
Judges and juries are reflective of this as in the case of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland cop who following a 62 car chase involving a 100 cops in pursuit of a couple in a car that happened to backfire when passing a police station and was mistakenly taken to be a gunshot is the one who delivered the final blow.
137 rounds were fired during the chase, could be more though if any failed to strike the car and weren’t accounted for, the last fifteen delivered by Brelo as he straddled the hood and pumped fifteen rounds into the “suspects”, a man and a woman -Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
Now you would think as the car had come to a stop and taking the position he did Brelo could have seen whether a gun was brandished, that the occupants were wounded and how badly.
Of the hundred cops involved in this rampage Brelo was the only one charged in what looks to me like a token gesture.
Charged and acquitted in what is becoming an all too familiar story.
Can you imagine 62 police cars chasing a vehicle sirens wailing and guns blazing, what the hell were the thinking? Was it a matter of blood lust, boys with their toys, or what?
All that was missing was that they didn’t call in a drone strike or fire an RPG….but the way things are going such a “response” can’t be too far down the road.
This is a country whose government is supposed to be reflective of the will of the people, a country where those in law enforcement are supposed to protect and serve rather than conduct themselves like terrorists.
The will of the people, when was the last time that was actually reflected in governmental policy?
Is it the people’s will that Corporations export jobs, or that wealth and influence accumulate at the top?
Is it the people’s will that wealth influences legislation through hundreds of lobbyists, or that politicians routinely sell themselves and their votes?
How about justice – is it administered evenhandedly? What about the rampant data mining for profit of those “social network” sites, is that something people want? Do they want there every move across the internet tracked?
Or domestic spying – people okay with that or is it only the ignorant and totally dysfunctional Republican and Tea Party dominated Congress that think it’s such a great thing along with the “partriot act” they want to renew for another five years?
Patriot Act? Better it were called what it is – the Totalitarian Act.
Tech giants are calling for the NSA to be reined in, what’s the motivation in light of the ever increasing sophistication of cookie and tracking devices they develop and activate every time a person starts their comp, cell phone,or tablet?
They care about privacy issues? Or is it something a little more insidious like being aware of public opinion they want to appear as champions of the cause, to get ahead of the curve as they themselves ramp up their own spying efforts?
That’s what I’m thinking as they had ample opportunity to protest when they were being “coerced”.
Had Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Verizon come together and gone public there would have been such an outroar you can bet dramatic change would have occurred.
But they didn’t – it would have been like the pot calling the kettle black just as it is now.
The world is stage wherein increasingly the lines actors deliver have little relevance to what they do.
And yes it may appear as though I’ve wander afield but I say everything this particular blog addresses is ultimately related – symptomatic of the decline of representation based on the “will of the people”.
Only a hundred cops, sixty two cars, and a hundred and thirty seven rounds fired, with the last fifteen being fired by a cop standing on the hood who should have been able to see whether the victims were armed or not, wounded or not.
The separation between cops and the public, between protecting and serving as opposed to becoming a lawless band of armed gangbangers is no long a matter of speculation….welcome to the twenty first century.
In further support of this reality is the move by cops to wear body cams with over twenty some states drawing up legislation to prohibit public viewing of such recorded video.
Might not be a bad idea to tune your car and or install a new muffler – better than the alternative.