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Grandiloquent Garrulousness

“The best time to listen to a politician is when he’s on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he’s exhausted. Then he doesn’t lie.”

Theodore H White.

A particular challenge presents itself today.  Putting together a post for this blog that falls within the restraints of the venue, and the parameters set for subject.  In 1002 words it is necessary to expound on the meaning of the events occurring relevant to the choosing of the next leader of the free world.  Being of a daunting nature, the topic is one of but a single question.  Is the foremost authority for the principles of right and reason required to have intelligence or allure?

There is the true crux of the problem.  Are we going to elect someone who can effectively lead the nation, or are we more concerned with oral eloquence and media savvy.  It is a fact that the defining influence in any election in this day and age is the candidate’s ability to gather and spend money.  The cost of the last election for president was astronomical compared to past candidates.  Our current president raised $640,000,000 towards getting himself elected.  Was that necessary, or simply another example of America’s propensity to define quality of effectiveness as being directly relational to the amount spent to achieve the desired level of competence?

Is it antediluvian to think that fidelity to our founding principles should be the values we should strive to achieve?  Did we not fight a war with the largest, strongest nation in the world at the time to ensure our right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?  The simple answer is no.  We did not fight, at any time for these rights.  They are not rights but simply a line in a document that’s primary purpose was to insult and denigrate the ruling King of England.  Many confuse the Declaration of Independence with law when it is the Constitution that is law.  Debate on this point might state that they are inalienable rights and, as such, are ours by default.  This would be a legitimate claim depending on the values we wish to embrace.  True values or those we find convenient by virtue of the fact that they buttress our personal yearnings.

The factual reason behind the creation of America was economics.  We were complaining about paying taxes, much as we do today, and the answers we received from the powers that be, proved insufficient.  The question today is one and the same as what we faced in 1776.  Do we bow to a system that takes our money and leaves us little choice in the matter?  Is it acceptable to engage in the folderol that is our elective process?  Can we not see the defect in the democratic ideology of equality?  If all men are created equal why must a candidate spend more than a half a billion dollars to be elected?  Why do we only elect multi-millionaires to the presidency?

It is sickening to listen to these selfsame multi-millionaires expound on the principles put down by our founding fathers and know that they are really the only people in America who can actually and truthfully say that they have achieved Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  They have ensured that for themselves with the tax code, and policies that allow them to pay less taxes then the guy that mows their lawn or the woman that cleans their house.

This tirade on the state of America could not be complete without a frank discussion of the manner in which the candidates conduct their campaigns.  Selective values and suspect morals are at the heart of the electoral process.  We cannot even accept that the current president is a natural born citizen.  There is still a large group of people in this country that believe that he is not a true American.  Notwithstanding the legal documents that clearly state that he was born in a state of our country to a mother of acceptable heritage.  By that it is implied that while his mother is acceptable for being white, his father is not because he is black and foreign lineage.  That is the root of the opposition to his candidacy.  This is a point that has been denied but little evidence has been presented to dispel the idea that he is insufficient due to his race.  Where is the “all men are created equal” self-evident right in this thinking? Considering the reality of the fact that these words were written by a man who owned black slaves, there is little confidence in the paradigm.

This is not new information being presented but what should be an old broadcast item.  We should have looked at this when we, as a country, decided to disallow slavery. To do anything else seems as an insult to those who died between 1861 and 1865 fighting to end this abomination.  Oh, but that’s right, the Civil War wasn’t actually about slavery as much as it was about the economics of ending it.

Going back to the election, another troubling aspect is the rampant misdirection that goes on, even within party lines.  It appears that arguing (it really cannot be called debating) about issues is supplanted by talks of money.  Millions of dollars are spent on the candidates telling us how they are going to spend our money.  If there were some way to move those lost funds in the media budgets of major candidates to tackle real issues such as poverty, joblessness, healthcare, and education we might get somewhere.  The same six hundred and forty million dollars spent for the 2008 election by the winner could have paid 14,659 teachers for a year.  Now that would be a pretty good bang for our metaphorical buck!

Are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness what our leaders are striving to give the American people?  No…but perhaps it should be instead of misappropriating our tax dollars.

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Furtive Feculence

“Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Is it enough to believe in foundational principles and live your life accordingly?  There is a sensation that appears when reading the headlines or attempting to stay current with the state of affairs in the world today that decries the very suggestion that we are a free and noble nation.

Take, for example, the fundamental constitutionally guaranteed Right to Free Speech.  Is that a genuine actuality, or is it something to be used to advantage while denying others of the benefit of such a universally sought after freedom?  Do we have the right to say anything we wish, or does such verbosity infringe on the true nature of society the “Pursuit of Happiness?”  Many believe that this is another of the rights we are guaranteed in the Constitution but, sadly, many are also misinformed.  It is not guaranteed us in the constitution, or any other legal document.  The quote “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” comes from the Declaration of Independence which is the foundational document we strive to guide ourselves by.  Unfortunately, it is not the political panacea it seems.  If one was to read the text of the Declaration, they would find that over eighty five percent of it is a diatribe on the malicious nature of the then King of England.

So that brings one to wonder as to the veracity of any right that is subject to interpretation.  The Supreme Court has allowed that the display of sexual intimacies for profit is covered under the First Amendment and therefore licit.    Conversely, the Court refused to hear a case involving the torture of a prisoner during the Middle East War.  Why is the exploitation of the human body for reasons of commerce important enough to be heard by the Court, and the violation of a human body for the purpose of inflicting inhuman pain not?  Is it that pornography is an issue in California (the location of the largest production and distribution of pornography in the world) whose voters influence much of the political climate in America?  Or is it that the political regime used a little known law to perform atrocities, and the Court did not wish to have its name associated with a heinous Un-American practice.  It made a decision that pornography was, and is, a moral and acceptable practice while refusing to discuss questionably immoral acts.

There is a heated debate raging of a nature that will affect the future of our country. A controversial defense bill that could allow the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on US soil has created a huge stir.  The question goes to denying rights guaranteed in the fight against an enemy that has the luxury of acting as they wish while we must follow principles that have always been suspect.  When has this become such an issue?  The government has always detained prisoners and terrorists without regard to legality.  The government has always done exactly what it chooses and, for the most part, gotten away with it.  This has occurred so many times that they are not even covering it up anymore.  Instead they are writing it into laws to expedite things, or put candidacies in jeopardy for politicians caught in the middle of an unwinnable war. 

The next to last Republican allowed or ordered the poisoning of groundwater in Iran in order to placate a then ally, and future enemy.  What of the women of the suffragette party who were detained in psychiatric hospitals in the early part of the20th century to prevent the vote being given to woman?  It was all done legally, but where is the outrage.  What of the systematic refusal of voting rights for blacks in the south that did not change until violence was displayed?

It is a little known fact that the Civil Rights movement in the south truly did not begin having an effect until an organizations called the “Deacons for Defense,”  a black organization of mostly combat veterans armed themselves and refused to submit to the violence and abuse being experienced by blacks in the south.

The attacks on 911 were a direct result of terrorist taking advantage of our “rights” in order to wage war against us.  They freely lived in our country, took advantage of goods and services that our rights give people living in the United States while planning and implementing the largest attack on American Soil.  Yet we hold on to those rights as if they actually mean something.

One of the beauties of being American is the responsibility to question our leaders the actions they take.  This should not be reserved to just those currently serving, but it must too pertain to those who have molded our nation with the balderdash they perpetrated on us.  Jefferson beseeched us to embrace the ideal that “all men are created equal” while owning slaves and fathering children by those same slaves.  Who do we listen to, the message or the messenger?

Going to one of those iconoclastic leaders, Abraham Lincoln, we hear:

“On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self evident lie.”

So what is it, wholehearted truth or fanciful lie?  Do we forego personal freedom for indeterminate timeframes in order to avoid attack, destruction, or Armageddon?  It is a slippery slope questioning ones rights today, but what good are those rights if they cannot be held to the fire to determine their veracity.

Equivocally Empathetic

 

“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”  Robert Brault

On the occasion of learning of another person’s misfortune, it is curious that the same sad words always seem to be what people use to those afflicted.  It is not necessarily the words that appear fraught with redundancy but the feeling that one must, by virtue of the fact that the luckless individual in distress is known to them, say something of comfort.  There are, regrettably, only so many ways to express an opinion or thought.

The limits on rhetoric are few to the adept wordologist, or, only regulated within the restrictions one puts on the need to be informed.  It is a reality that the artful discipline of ignorance where it comes to the use of expressive terminology is, most assuredly one of choice rather than unawareness, inexperience, or illiteracy.  WE, as a modern nation of some 300,000, have abandoned the written word for the ease and comfort of the visual image.

This in and of itself is not necessarily the harbinger of devastation and destruction for our reality, but only the sorrowful actuality we find ourselves in.  Yes, there are vast numbers of citizens who read avidly, fed by those tireless scribes who provide the fodder that is the intellectual stimulation for these masses of bibliophiles.  Unfortunately there is little in the way of soft words to ease the pain of misfortune.  We have delegated that duty to the Hallmark Card Company.

Admittedly, it is a tough row to hoe when confronted with the unreasonableness of death, disease, or dire circumstances.  What is there really to say?  “Sorry for your loss”, “Whatever I can do…” or perhaps the standard “We’ll be praying for you,” all standard and seemingly necessary statements that have little or no effect on the outcome of any ominous occurrence.

It is a frightful truth that bad things happen and do so at what seems like the speed of light.  If but the pleasant in life were to outweigh the grave, there would be little reason for the page currently in front of the reader.  The author has the experience of both the benign and the malignant within recent history.  As such, the platitudes presented for consideration were many and heartfelt.  What seemed to be lacking was true action to relieve the burden.  What if that served as the focus?  Instead of clichés, and inanities, perhaps the action most fulfilling would be to see to some part of the aggrieved individual’s life that has been neglected in the face of more pressing concerns.  Walk the dog, water the flowerbed, or mow the lawn, maybe pick the kids up from school are all acceptable methods of expressing concern that would not leave an empty, useless feeling.

Chief amongst the perpetrators of ill will within one’s self where it comes to unfortunate incident must assuredly be the hospital visit.  Pragmatically there is little use in visiting someone in the hospital unless their presence is voluntary.  Plastic Surgery to better enhance one’s image, or some similar and unnecessary procedure where the outcome will, hopefully, be positive is not too injurious.  Walking into the room of a terminal patient who has not requested your presence can be depressing and devastating.  What is there truly to say to someone facing the Ultimate Circumstance?  Our knowledge of the afterlife, if there is an afterlife is woefully limited and without having faced a similar situation it is impossible to display any level of empathy, sympathy, or identification, leaving empty air in the room filled with “Sorry for your loss”, “Whatever I can do…” or “We’ll be praying for you.”  What happens when the individual in the hospital bed does not believe in a Divine Being, or prayer?  What if they have made ready the end of their lives and have no need for anyone to do anything?  How can you feel sorry for someone who has not yet lost the thing that you are about to regret?

So why even worry about the vagaries of social convention where it comes to expressing distress over the tribulations of others?  It might be the powerlessness one feels when confronted with the tragic or ruinous realities of life.  In truth, everyone seeks the easier, softer path to life, and the crooked road going up a mountain might just prove to be optimal.  Life is most assuredly about the learning of lessons and the route taken towards enlightenment is as important as the attainment of said contentment.  Along the way, we have to face adversity and the method in which we confront the beast matters much more then reaching the destination.  The ends never justify the means.

Having said that and, hopefully meaning it, where does that leave one who still faces the conundrum of comforting the forlorn?  Sadly back at the very beginning.  The platitudes, “Sorry for your loss”, “Whatever I can do…” or “We’ll be praying for you” are all we have.  Until we can get those dreary axioms out, there is little left to do.  Once having spoken these adages, though, we have the opportunity to put these same watchwords to some use.  Now, one has the opportunity to actually answer the “What can I do” question with some action.  Real sorrow can be expressed in appropriate ways such as displaying affection and concern that are more than just the statement of the obvious and done so by sitting with the person, or relieving them to go and take care of personal business being neglected due to the situation.  One can actually go and pray real prayers that involve physical effort such as going to church and starting a prayer chain, or arranging a priest or minister to visit the distressed.  And sometimes it might mean that you leave the aggrieved alone to work out, on their own, what they must do.

Delusional Deceit

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Jesus of Nazareth

There is a feeling in this country that we are on the road to perdition.  One would ask, specifically, as to how it came to be that we find ourselves traveling and circumnavigating that vaunted thoroughfare.  Is there something in our intellect that tells us that surely there is a mendacity being perpetrated on America where it comes to the true nature of life as we know it?  All is not lost and we do not have to “Abandon all hope…” as Dante would have it.  We are not facing the abyss yet we believe that to be so.  How did this spuriousness come to be?  Is there not a champion in the world who will teach us the wonders before us?  Can that same hero not be just a simple soul as opposed to the erratically erudite fancies we find in our homes during the evening broadcast of facts?  How do we avoid the atrophy that is this caustic contemplation?  Perhaps it is in a flight of fancy.  Perhaps it might start out by taking another long look by saying, once upon a time…

Have no fear…Hippie Man is here!  He comes to us from out of a sky teeming with diamonds and rubies and gemstones of a variety to be called legion.  He advocates equality, fairness, life without regret, and universal unconditional love.  He does not have fundraisers and will only talk to newscasters if they forsake their suits and wingtips for tied-died t-shirts, bellbottom pants, large rose colored sunglasses, and bare feet.  He will eat only organic food, and no red meat.  He advocates the ideal that the only flesh that one should eat is that which we capture and kill individually.  Smog will be outlawed and mass transit buses will be replaced with electric powered Volkswagen vans painted with slogans from the Summer of Love.  His partner will have come from the Hog Farm, and his personal hero will be Wavy Gravy.

Planned Parenthood will be elevated to cabinet level and the Rainbow Coalition will replace the Department of Health and Human Services.  The armed forces will send all weapons of a deadly nature to a scrapyard where, as instructed by the prophet Isaiah, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” Said scrapyard employees will be former members of the Welfare Rolls and the prison system.  Wars, when brought upon us, will be fought through the use non-lethal weaponry, and only when necessary for defense of the realm.  We will defend ourselves by not involving the country in the business of any other sovereign nation, and Puerto Rico will become a state.

All heavy manufacturing will be replaced with systems that use Green technology, and any production that produces hazardous material shall also be, upon threat of closure, required to have on-site processes to render said perilous commodities neutral and ecologically destroyed.

Wall street will be renamed the Free Enterprise Expressway and further trading will be conducted in a large open air markets where haggling is mandatory, and most services and necessities required by the public are conducted on a barter system.  Money will cease to exist, and production of cash ceased…permanently.

The land will revert to a hunter/gatherer paradigm with crime being eradicated through the legalization of Marijuana.  All drugs imbibed for the purpose of altering mind and mood shall be organically grown and freely distributed. Violent criminals will be confined to large farms and made to split their time by working in the fields and going to schools.  Non-compliant violent offenders will be locked up twenty three hours a day in domiciles that are self-sustaining and scientifically secure.

All spiritual feelings and beliefs will be accepted and heralded.  Any dogma that teaches exclusion and hatred will be allowed, but only in similar circumstances as those required of non-compliant violent offenders.

Schools shall be palaces and teachers the only aristocracy allowed.  First and foremost the goal of all schools will be to teach the truth and give all students the skills to strive for their dreams.  Education at all levels shall be free.

Government shall consist of every man, woman, and child speaking and collectively deciding the needs of the community. There will be no need for governmental charity as the principle will be ingrained so deep that the necessity of giving a name for helping others will be unnecessary.

Philosophically the country shall adopt the principles of the Founding Fathers as they are written and not for the true meaning at the time of authorship.  All men shall mean all men regardless of what percentage of white blood one might possess.  There are no fractional men, or irrelevant women.  Children shall actually not only be seen, but heard also.

John 13:34 is to be the slogan for the country.  Failure to adhere to this slogan will not be punishable except in the desolation experienced by the individual resisting the mantra.  Belief is a necessary tool for all who wish to render life as we imagine into life as we deserve it. 

So, there is a way out.  We do not have to live our lives based on any rhetoric eschewing the finite, or believe that “the sky is falling” unless we so wish.  The murders, crime, economic, spiritual, and moral dilemmas in the world today are not near as ruinous as it may seem.  In the short time it has taken to author this piece a simple way has been given to change the perspective of anyone not wishing to live in fear of the firmament descending upon our craniums.  Unrealistic as even the least discerning of readers can tell, the aforementioned design can work.  Life is a free-for-all…as long as we, in fact, hold it to be free.

Corybantic Confluence

Corybantic Confluence

“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.” George Hegel

In the world of speculative nonfiction writing this alliteration has given some pause.  The amount of time it has taken to seek and execute inspiration has been troubling.  What is there to do?  March on as best we can to the bitter ends; confusion, commotion, disorientation, and outright misperception or find a new way to write.

The problem with alliteration is that the sound does not always complement the focus of the exercise.  In this case that has proven a challenge.  In the interest of making a point this verbal implementation must enter the realm of the sociopolitical.  Leanings to the middle are not the prescription, and advocacy must come into play.

“The terms “right” and “left” came from the Estates General  in France. It’s interesting that now we use them as our basic political terms. On the left sat the ordinary people, on the right sat the nobility and the clergy! (What were the clergy doing over there?!) I think you see the pattern.” Fr. Richard Rohr

With this statement we can get to the crux of the situation.  There is a fault line running through America that is crippling this bright existence we experience as citizens of a great nation.  It is the separator between potentiality and actuality.  We have the ability to solve the world’s evils and give to the globe that which we have achieved.  We have the capacity to endure and achieve momentous things in the name of good, yet we fall short.  That once more begs the question…what is there to do?

To answer this query we would, of necessity, examine the significant issue facing us that serve as an impediment to greatness.  We cannot follow direction!  Our earliest lessons in life are forgotten and denied in almost every way.  When we enter the world outside the safe bosom of our families (those who have safe families!) it is usually upon the occasion of entering into kindergarten.  Back then, life seemed easy. You said “yes sir”, and held doors for ladies, and if you did these and a few more simple practices they gave you milk and cookies and let you take a nap in the afternoon.  How much of life would be simpler and easier if all we really wanted was cookies and milk?

Later in life we are sent out to learn other items of necessity.  Life skills as a title come to mind.  This is not offered as much as is probably needed.  We are taught how to show up for important events such as school, work, doctors’ appointments, but are we taught we need to show up for these activities on time?  What happens to us if we are late?  Why the hell should we care?

Are we taught how to balance a checkbook?  If so, then why do we allow our leaders to treat the national budget and debt as if they were never instructed in the proper method of conducting business?  We have an economy based on how much we can borrow and how long can we have to pay it back.  Science clearly states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Let someone on the “right” report that a financial catastrophe is imminent, and the “left” will begin assigning culpability instead of seeking solution.  The blameworthiness lies within us.  We tell the government every Tuesday after the first Monday in November who we want to conduct business for us, but we never really look to see what credentials those individuals possess that would qualify them for the position.  To make matters worse are conspiracies abounding as to the actual makeup of congress.  An e-mail has been winding its malevolent way around since 1999 enflaming the situation, it states:

* 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.
* 7 have been arrested for fraud.
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
* 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.
* 3 have been arrested for assault.
* 71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a
credit card.
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
* 21 are current defendants in lawsuits.
* And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.

This is not verifiable information, and it may or may not be factual, but is widely believed.  What happened to the direction many of us received when we were taught not to bear false witness against our neighbors?

As a race, or rather a culture, we do not espouse the simple principles that a predominantly Christian/Judeo society would or should display.  There is hate everywhere we look; on the television, in the newspapers, in our schools, and our homes.  We are a country of immigrants and yet, we believe immigrants are akin to Satan. Never mind that many endure atrocious hardships to get here and once here work like slaves to make a better life for them and their families.   Particular hypocrisy which rears its ugly head comes from our states that pass laws to require near slave-like conditions on a culture that we pilfered the western half of our country from in the name of Manifest Destiny.

In conclusion, it may be said that hypocrisy is the Gross Domestic Product for those who live in America.  We interpret everything to give ourselves the “right” position.  We ignore simple human decency in the name of all that is “American.”  If you doubt this try looking at the percentage of Gulf War veterans who are homeless.  Try looking at the decisions our leaders make.  Best example to date: “NYPD, FDNY, and EMS officer were not invited to the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 because Mayor Bloomberg claims there is no room for them.”

Why don’t we follow directions?

The Benevolence of the Bumptious Bombastic

“When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he’s going to have a go at it anyway.”
Clyde B. Aster

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”  So proclaims the older man standing in front of the controls of an odd contrivance displaying buttons, pull chains, spinning wheels, and various lights, gauges, and a small chimney.  We are lost in the television world where much of our wisdom derives from.  Our basic intelligence in this digital world is based on beliefs, and mores usually originates from older, seemingly significant gentlemen performing, metaphorically, the same tasks as the true Wizard of Oz.

This is offered as a harsh realization to have to swallow but, nevertheless, true.  Yes there are many free thinkers in the world today, but not many original thinkers.  Too much of the knowledge in the world comes from another’s opinion on what is right or wrong.  Much of what is thought, believed, or reckoned comes from the crawl on cable news channels.  We spend numerous hours mulling over the cacophony of images, sights, sounds, and faces we find in the news media and rarely take the evidence before us for what it is truly worth.  A recent case in the media of a woman on trial for allegedly killing her child is a first rate example.  It consumed the television for weeks.  Television programs that had nothing to do with the case were interrupted to report on the latest happenings.  Social networks were inundated with “sign this petition” or “Write your Congressman” links, I am sure the White House is still receiving requests for the President to intervene and send the monster to the executioner.

What is not seen is the transcript of the trial, and it should not be.  We live in a land that guarantees us certain rights and those rights were not given with exceptions.   They were given because the government at the time was acting in an illegal and immoral manner.  Do we do the same because our quest for blood is stronger than the simple human decency our Constitution is in conflict with our desire to circumvent those privileges we would fight against the loss of?  There were jurors that made that decision.  People chosen from the poll of that women’s “Peers” who heard the testimony, listened to the lawyers, and came to a decision based on the instructions of the court and not somebody screaming through a bullhorn, or spouting legalese on CNN because they teach law at some college and they are lucky enough to be a consultant.  Selfsame consultant should know that the ensuing falderal associated with the trial is the business of the trial and not the commerce of a ratings hungry news corporation.

Not that there is much to be done with this phenomenon.  We are a bloodthirsty species.  We revel in the bloodletting.  How else can one explain the overwhelming need for all the violence in the world but to display it for the masses?  We elect leaders that cannot get the job done, yet mask it in rhetoric and grandiloquence in order to give their constituencies that which they seek from their leaders…a good line of crap.  We live in a country that was founded on great words written by our founding fathers that have little if any meaning in the world today, and undoubtedly had less when written.  Who actually believes the “All men are created equal” myth?  The man that wrote it was a slave owner, and the definition of a man at the time called for a man to be wealthy, white, and owner of land.  All others, especially people of color, were considered three fifths of a man.  How many are still considered that?  What about our children?  How many rights do they really have?  Where is the rhetoric blaring out of the television about finding who really killed that child?

Using the miracle that is the World Wide Web cannot answer the question of the finding of the killer.  Google and Yahoo, and Wikipedia have nothing about the search for justice where it comes to this child.  What they have is reports on the cost of the trial.  What they have is the offer Hustler magazine has given to the mother for nude pictures.  What they have is a complete and total disregard for the principle of justice where it comes to Caylee Anthony.  What they have is a wealth of Bumptious Bombastic’s that refuse to report or speak on anything that is not going to advance their own agendas.

The truth is that even in the face of the seemingly abhorrent lack of caring in the reporting of this case is the actuality that people really do care.  There is compassion in America that calls for justice in this case.  Unfortunately it is shrouded in the call for execution.  We are a country of diversity and that diversity lends itself to a denial of compassion in the face of that selfsame consideration.  We live in a world that has judges elected and law enforcement so jaded by the horror they see that there is a universal drive to issue the most rigorous of sentences to for that which we find appalling.  Is justice about the killing of the criminal?  It is if you listen to the crawl, if you listen to the “consultants,” if you listen to those who think the social media is the panacea for all of society’s wrongs.

Let’s go back to the older gentleman behind the curtain.  The evidence of the reality of his position proved a revelation to the characters in the film.  He was not the “All wise and wonderful OZ” he was a snake oil salesman who found himself in a pickle when one of his cons failed to work out as planned.  He discovered himself in a strange land and took advantage of the situation.  Sound like anyone you know?

The Alliterative Adventures of an Aberrantly Adept Author

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