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View Diary: In Harris County, Judges Violate Notions of Fairness and Humanity (64 comments)

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  •  It's a microcosm (6+ / 0-)
    To me, it all feels punitive, as judges exert their power on the weak. Those judges, who park in private parking garages, enter the court unencumbered, and ride to their chambers in a private elevator, stand in absolute moral judgement of those hardened criminals who so clearly demonstrate their inferiority through their inability to account for Harris County's incompetent design and implementation.
    This is just a microcosm of life in our times (or maybe any times). We live in a de facto aristocracy where there is a privileged minority and a set of systems specifically designed to maintain a distance between the privileged class and the unwashed masses. Money and connection gets you access and protection. If you're Dick Cheney and his merry minions, you can kill 100,000 people, torture and maim, and get a brand new heart for your trouble. If you're poor and dark skinned, you get a year in jail for being, well, poor and dark skinned.

    I grew up in the 50s and 60s and there was a sense of justice and opportunity. Even then, there was a hierarchy of privilege, but there seemed to be some restraint on it. Now there is no restraint. Privilege yields the unmoderated power to do as you will, whether that is making blatantly ideologic court rulings or poisoning public lands and resources for a few shekels more.

    We have reverted to the 1890s and I don't know if there is any way back. There doesn't seem to be any political will that is able to challenge the power of the privileged class. Perhaps we are lost.

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