Not merely broken, the system is evil. We’re witnessing lawlessness from law enforcement in the form of repeated cases of homicide, which then are handled by baking the offending officers a cake and sending them home to make book deals. Meanwhile everyone else is expected to be “peaceful” and law abiding. Sure, OK! Right, I wrote that down so I’ll remember.

Reminds me of how Wall Street criminals were given huge bonuses from public funds as a reward for destroying the middle class in the “bad mortgage” fiasco. Book deals there too. Meanwhile the rest of us have to pay up or, you know, not have homes. It’s clear what the “system” in the USA thinks of law and fairness.

How are the above items related? Simple: Eric Garner sold single cigarets and didn’t pay tax on them – an infraction? A misdemeanor at worst. To make what, a few bucks, to merely survive in a system which makes poverty unaffordable, in a country of immense wealth and inequality. This while white collar criminals took home massive bonuses from tax money, and faced no arrest or jail time, much less public execution, for their felonies. A human life. For selling cigarets.

What to do? I want to do an honest day’s work, treat people fairly, contribute humbly and generously, and not hurt anyone today. And that’s what I intend to do, as my quiet form of protest, to all this hideousness. I will fail at some point, in the day, to be 100% right, and if I happen to blow it somewhere, I’ll apologize and try to make amends. But I won’t kill anyone. This much I know. And if I did, by some terrible accident, I would be readily accountable for any responsibility I may have in the tragedy, like any reasonable human being would be! What kind of person wants to get away with homicide? Answer: the worst kind of criminal.

Is it no longer a virtue to have a conscience, compassion, empathy, honor and respect? That’s a rhetorical question. We have a systemic problem. Cops are civilians, paid to “serve and protect” their fellow citizens. Not to arbitrarily judge and execute people with impunity. If that isn’t “evil” then we can just retire the word “evil.” If that isn’t injustice, then we can retire the word “justice.” I’m appalled, ashamed, disgusted, and really angry. I know that my comments may be redundant, to much that has already been said about this, but I feel silence would be worse, so there’s my humble thoughts on the matter. I hope the wheels of justice start turning the right way soon, because this is unacceptable.

Love to all. Here’s a song.

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