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  •  I think his response (4+ / 0-)

    was as inappropriate as the response of the government. This may come as a shock, but there are hundreds of thousands of people in the USA who have had not only been victims of prosecutorial jackbooting, but have also been convicted and thus in essence the thuggery rewarded. We may have seen a situation where because of the genius and fame, and good works of this man, the fist of the government justice system could be checked.

    Aaron stole something because he felt it should be free. I would have liked to see him stand up for himself of he thought he had a case, which I think he did. But he Chose not to do that.

    He is dead because of his inability to cope with what was in his own head. He had serious MH issues. I understand his family's frustration with the environment he found himself in, but he himself contributed the most to to where he was at, and it is not at all clear what his final legal disposition would be, he never let it get that far.

    Mental health conditions that are not effectively treated are hell, I know this all too well (and since I am jobless and without insurance for more than 2 years now I vary between bad and worse at this point). My family worries about what might be my trigger, my Waterloo. But they also have a hard time dealing with the words they hear when I try to explain whats wrong in my head, or when I get frustrated, so I mostly don't tell them.  I suspect that his family and friends "knew" but didn't really Know his deepest struggles, and he probably didn't offer too much to them especially on the bad days and thoughts.

    In the end, his legal situation might have contributed to his destroying himself. But it was a point on the road he was already walking down. We need to help people find better roads, when we see them and know them and love them.

    •  Blaming the victim? (4+ / 0-)

      He engaged in an act of civil disobedience.  He was an activist who engaged in a victimless crime to highlight a problem that needed fixing, an act that never should be illegal.

      For that he was hounded by a federal prosecutor for the last 2 years, one who refused to back down when others forgave him and wanted to let the matter go.  He was threatened with a prison term of 30 years for trying to make a point.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 08:23:02 AM PST

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