It is always comforting to gloat over public officials scrambling to protect their fiefdoms. If voters only knew just how bloated public departments – be it the courts, the busses, or whatever – keep their budgets each year like “spend it or lose it” lemmings – we would have Wisconsin happening everywhere. And that would be a good thing.
So, I couldn’t help laughing at the Nov. 1 letter from our police chief to Gov. Moonbeam beseeching funding for a stack of state prodigalities. Oh, the public is at risk! Run in fear for your lives! The sky is falling! Give us more money to protect you! This is not a dig at Denise Turner; she has been a far better police chief than her predecessor, “El Gusano.” This is instead a microcosm of the reform that is so needed nationwide.
Incarcerating people for victimless crimes is a medieval mindset we can no longer afford, especially when those in power act like they can get away with whatever they want. It’s pure job security for the public “servants,” which means more money for their unions to “protect” them and for the politicians that reward them for their devotion. Protect (their jobs) and serve (themselves)!
I laughed as Lindsay Lohan was released from jail a mere five hours after some robed clown sentenced her to 30 days; next time they haul her in, she should flip the bird to that judge on her way out of the courtroom, to show all due contempt. I’m not fan of Lohan or any Hollywood dope, but the kangaroo courtroom drama over her alcohol and drug problem is a total waste of resources – an entire overpaid courtroom staff on the public dole lording over someone’s personal substance problem.
The establishment self-justifies by fabricating crimes. A century ago, marijuana and alcohol were banned based on hysteria, lies, and social engineering; the government was going to protect the people from themselves. That same generation also gave us the federal income tax racket with, of course, a war as an excuse; claim “protection” while really stealing. In 1968, they began robbing Social Insecurity to justify deficit spending, and this has finally come home to roost: Poetic justice, that the generation who elected the Johnson and the ‘60’s Democrats is now set to retire and gets their Social Insecurity cut!
This year, police agencies in California pushed for a state law banning the open carry of (unloaded) handguns; it takes effect in January. (What were they afraid of? The people doing this were no threat to anyone.) In D.C., the thug-in-chief continues to protect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for Operation Fast and Furious, in which the Injustice Department clearly overstepped its Constitutional boundaries. A century of corruption at every level, and more government control every decade.
To protest, we can “occupy” (which I applaud), but a more radical and still non-violent solution would do far more to ignite the spark we need (and “it only takes one”). A widespread movement refusing to serve on juries could grind the injustice system to a halt; enough people getting fed up might make this happen. The easiest, and legal method is to fight tax hikes; any “representative” who votes for any tax increase gets booted, period. Bankrupt every level of government, starting at the top – now there’s a real “trickle-down” economy that will work!
Julian Assange for president, 2012.
Alan Viarengo, Gilroy