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What it's going to take to win the culture wars...

This.

I haven't followed his story very closely but a common theme that I was starting to pick up in reading legal experts' responses to it was the out-of-control nature of the American system's prosecutorial "army," for lack of a better term.

One of the characteristics of a rapidly expanding and increasingly oppressive state is the criminalization of the average, otherwise law-abiding citizen as thousands of new laws come on to the books in the name of “the greater good,” “social justice,” “global warming,” “chronic obesity,” etc. etc., etc.

John’s and my possession of firearms may, depending on the future makeup of the Supreme Court, become a federal offense overnight.

Already, apparently, if I sell a Big Gulp in New York, I could be thrown in jail.

Conrad Black made someone mad, who then decided to get even and nowhere in the so-called Free World is the criminal code used more aggressively and perniciously than in the US. God forbid you self-identify as a person who disagrees with the local or state government on some issue and then get arrested on an unrelated charge. It doesn’t matter if it’s a just, true, or even rational accusation; the objective will be your destruction.

Just ask some college athletes (who made the near-fatal mistake of being both white and male) at Duke University. Or the man who was wrongly accused of setting off a bomb at the Olympics in Atlanta.

The Mob needs a victim. Too bad the mob is a cabal of cops, lawyers, judges and media lickspittles. They have the power and they will use it, especially if you, dear reader, pose no countervailing threat, i.e., you’re just one individual, alone, and with none of the power the state can bring to bear against you.

I once heard a wise man say that to judge the health of a society, look to the number of laws it has on its books (Hint: more is bad). It’s important to realize that a good deal of this mess has grown out of the “long march through the institutions” of the totalitarian Left. Having taken over the academy, the media and the entertainment industry, they have championed a society-wide, sustained attack on liberty and on all the virtues of a free society: limited government, respect for the individual, honor, hard work, tolerance, self-reliance, self-discipline, deferred gratification, patriotism, faith and anything remotely associated with, well, adulthood. People like Conrad Black exemplify a serious threat to the Leviathan—a very capable man who refuses to go quietly into that good night.

If only the Stupid Party had those kinds of men representing us…

H/T to Erik Svane and Glenn Reynolds for highlighting this travesty…and one man’s pushback to it.

12 Comments

 Well, you don't show up often, but it's usually worth the wait.
 
Coming from a good writer, I appreciate the complement.

I usually don't post unless I have something to say. Liberty, and its detractors, gets me going... 
 
Black was persecuted. The "conviction" was a sham and demonstrated the venality and corruption of the Federal Courts and Prosecutors. I'm afraid the conviction rate he cited, however, is low. Last I looked it was north of 97%.

Bravo to him for standing up to the lamestream media hack.
 
Dusty, spot on. (or, as Bombadier Bedford would say, "Bang on!")

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C. S. Lewis

I think that does a pretty good job of telling it like it is, too.



 

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." - Ayn Rand

and

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed." - Ayn Rand

 
 Good grief.  Jeremy was certainly... dense.  And blinkered.
 
Conrad will be dismissed as a convict crying the usual line, but he speaks the truth. Our prosecutors are out of control, going right up the chain of power. And they're not afraid to intimidate journalists, either. Make that, they're not adraid to attempt to intimidate journalists. It doesn't always workk.  ;  ) 
 

 

We objectively know that hordes of liberal modern-thought judges and lawyers have hastened the changing of traditional American culture and values with the power they have to tighten or loosen laws, and that they view this as progress. There also seems to be no end to their prolific writing of new laws and judgments. In the process, their like-minded members of society are rewarded with support and punished are those who are contrary to their “values”.  Exacerbating this egregious situation is the selective enforcement of healthy existing laws in pursuit of advancing their progressive objectives through legal means.


There can be no doubt their actions have likewise increased the growing power of statism, with its adverse effects, into our lives. Statism supports this too as it is granted more power, and statism is growing its influence and control over us.

So my question is, if you agree, how do we overcome this now that the balance of power has been tipped and their rulings are accepted as the final authority of what is legal or not?
 
I better not go to Britain without checking up on things first. I am afeared I might be on A List.  When Conrad first got in trouble over there, I found the email addy for the chief cop in that case, and sent him a right nasty-gram. Hey, it was late at night and I'd been drinking! More heartfelt than prudent it was, ya know.
 
.....and just I thought that the world had forgotten about Richard Jewell.........
 
 I figured you were still on your Tour Of Indiana American Legion Posts...
 
That comment was made from a fifty buck a night motel room (the 53rd) in what so far is a 20,000 mile journey of Indiana American Legion Posts since mid July. 

All the guns I'm running across are just repeats..........did I send you the pictures of the big US Army rocket thingies?