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  •  Sustaining a deeply corrupt political system (8+ / 0-)

    We have a two-tiered system of "justice".

    Under all circumstances, arguing that high political officials should be immunized from prosecution when they commit felonies such as illegal eavesdropping and torture would be both destructive and wrong [not to mention, in the case of the latter crimes, a clear violation of a treaty which the U.S. (under Ronald Reagan) signed and thereafter ratified].

    But what makes it so much worse, so much more corrupted, is the fact that this "ignore-the-past-and-forget-retribution" rationale is invoked by our media elites only for a tiny, special class of people -- our political leaders -- while the exact opposite rationale ("ignore their lame excuses, lock them up and throw away the key") is applied to everyone else. That, by definition, is what a "two-tiered system of justice" means and that, more than anything else, is what characterizes (and sustains) deeply corrupt political systems.

    That's the two-tiered system which, for obvious reasons, our political and media elites are now vehemently arguing must be preserved.

    Crooks and Liars - January 2009

    There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Sun Tzu - The Art of War

    by truong son traveler on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:11:06 PM PDT

    •  This sort of injustice is dangerous (3+ / 0-)
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      The corrosiveness of it to societal peace cannot be overestimated.

      The special privileges against prosecution enjoyed by the nobility were key drivers of the French Revolution and Russian Revolution, not to mention numerous other violent collapses of governments since then.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:33:06 PM PDT

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