Crumbling Of Our Moral Infrastructure Can Be Deadly
May 9, 2012
“Occupy” movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media
embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation
unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized
other people’s lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de
suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment’s requirement that the
government provide “equal protection of the laws” to all its citizens.
How did the
“Occupy” movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of
expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans and
themselves representatives of the 99% against the 1%.
when did the 99% elect them as their representatives? If in fact 99% of
people in the country were like these “Occupy” mobs, we would not have
country. We would have anarchy.
does not mean mob rule. It means majority rule. If the “Occupy”
any other mob, actually represents a majority, then they already have
to accomplish legally whatever they are trying to accomplish by illegal
means imposing what the mob wants, regardless of what the majority of
want. It is the antithesis of democracy.
Francisco, when the mob smashed the plate-glass window of a small
shop, the owner put up some plywood to replace the glass, and the mob
graffiti on his plywood. The consequences? None for the mob, but a
the shop owner for not removing the graffiti.
trespassers blocking other people at the University of California,
refused to disperse, and locked their arms with one another to prevent
police from being able to physically remove them, the police finally
to pepper spray to break up this human logjam.
The police have been strongly criticized for enforcing the law.
pepper spray is unpleasant, and people who break the law are not
have unpleasant things done to them. Which is to say, we need to take
“enforcement” out of “law enforcement.”
is not given these exemptions from paying the consequences of their own
acts. Only people who are currently in vogue with the elites of the
left — in
the media, in politics and in academia.
Amendment? What is the Constitution or the laws when it comes to
soul mates, especially young soul mates who remind the aging 1960s
this nor any other issue can the Constitution protect us if we don’t
the Constitution. When all is said and done, the Constitution is a
piece of paper.
If we don’t
vote out of office, or impeach, those who violate the Constitution, or
refuse to enforce the law, the steady erosion of constitutional
will ultimately render it meaningless. Everything will just become a
of whose ox is gored and what is the political expediency of the moment.
been much concern, rightly expressed, about the rusting of bridges
country, and the crumbling and corrosion of other parts of the physical
infrastructure. But the crumbling of the moral infrastructure is no
cannot maintain law and order, even if the political authorities do not
their hands in advance or undermine them with second-guessing after the
are the last line of defense against barbarism, but they are equipped
handle that minority who are not stopped by the first lines of defense,
beginning with the moral principles taught at home and upheld by
schools, and communities.
everyone takes the path of least resistance — if politicians pander to
particular constituencies and judges give only wrist slaps to
or mobs that are currently in vogue, and educators indoctrinate their
with “nonjudgmental” attitudes — then the moral infrastructure corrodes
infrastructure is one of the intangibles, without which the tangibles
work. Like the physical infrastructure, its neglect in the short run
disaster in the long run.
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