Casey Anthony Got Away With It…
I know why
child-killer Casey Anthony was found (cough) not guilty.
same reason why American drivers most of them will
never dare turn right on red (even if the way is obviously clear)
or pass a slowpoke over the double yellow, even if the double yellow
used to be an official passing zone but was just recently painted
mindset has undergone a startling metamorphosis. I grew up in the
70s, when WW II-era Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker cartoons
were still on the air, unedited. These cartoons reflected
an American mentality that has been almost completely snuffed out.
A dont-trust-authority (and use your own best judgment) mentality
combined with a BS detector of tremendous sensitivity. Bugs Bunny
was a snarky individualist who busted balls and took no ball-busting
from anyone, even if they had a badge. In fact, Bugs tolerated it
even less if they had a badge or wore a black dress or some other
Official Costume. Ditto Woody Woodpecker the pre-sanitized,
politically (very) incorrect version, anyhow.
Now we have
a generation reared on Tele-Tubbies. Soft, passive. Wait to be Told
What To Do.
you do, dont think.
are the people who sat as jurors for the Casey Anthony trial
the same people who will never disobey a No Right on Red sign or
any other law, rule or edict. Because theyve been well-trained
(and increasingly, thoroughly doped-up since they were tots). Never
exercise initiative. Dont question.
In the trial,
the hideous totality of evidence presented that Anthony killed her
kid, then covered it up, counted for naught because the Jots and
Tittles of The Law had not been satisfied according
to the tortured interpretation and admonitions of shyster lawyers.
Instead of ignoring the shysters pedantic sophistry and using
their own best judgment as to what really mattered did
this woman kill her kid? they chose to follow The Law.
If, for example, they were told by the man in the black dress to
ignore damning evidence because said damning evidence was not presented
in quite the proper way, they would actually throw a switch inside
their heads and exclude said damning evidence from their (cough)
deliberations. Reason hell, common sense never enters
into it. Just whatever arbitrary construct The Law presents
them as the template for their actions (and non-actions).
same mindset that causes decent people to forgo the means of self-defense
if The Law says that only criminals may possess them. It
never occurs to them that obeying The Law is less important
than staying alive The Law be damned.
The same mindset
that instills the depressing automatic compliance which increasingly
characterizes the Modern American whether it makes any sense
to comply or not.
The other day
I was heading down the mountain (as we say around here) when I rolled
up behind a CloverCluster. The leader was not a Clover just
a VDOT tractor with a long arm that was cutting overgrowth along
the shoulder. Behind it were the Clovers two of them. Neither
would even try to pass the tractor, even though the sight lines
ahead were good for more than a quarter mile. The official-looking
VDOT tractor with its blinking orange lights was a dazzling incarnation
of The Law to these Clovers. So even though the tractor operator
was not a cop and had no power to cite anyone for anything
much less pursue anyone to present a citation the Clovers
cringed in deference, patiently awaiting to be told when it was
OK to pass.
Not I. This
Bugs Bunny-reared Gen Xer evaluated the situation, saw it was perfectly
safe to pass and did so. Double yellow (and orange blinking
lights) be damned. Much to the absolute horror of the two Clovers,
one of whom did the pathetic flashing of his cars headlights
and tooting of his horn at me as I sailed past. I have no doubt
he spent the rest of the day angrily denouncing me as a reckless
Law Breaker to anyone within his Roche limit.
I will not
cotton to the first but eagerly embrace the second. When
a law makes sense, I abide by it. Interestingly, laws that make
sense especially laws that make moral sense are laws
we really dont need anyhow. Because we should not need to
be told by a law to do what is obviously right and to not
do that which is obviously wrong. Laws are mostly if not entirely
for the Clovers. People who are no longer capable of exercising
judgment (perhaps they never were) and who lack the capacity to
reason a thing out and ask themselves: Is this harmful or not?
dont need laws to tell them not to steal, beat people up or
commit fraud because they are intellectually and morally awake.
Clovers are asleep, just as the Tele-Tubbies intended.
Casey Anthony is free and soon to be a millionaire.
And you and
I are stuck behind that Clover up ahead, who just wont move
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