Brain Dropping #6:
“The law is a ass – a idiot!” So said Mr. Bumble in Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Was he ever right! Most laws, including The Bill of Rights are not worth the paper they are written on without the mass of citizens, insisting with robust protest ,that the powers-that-be obey them fairly and without prejudice.
Examples of the law as an ass – as an idiot, abound. Mr. Bumble would certainly recognize that our Attorney General Eric Holder is an ass. Mr. Holder has publicly admitted that we have a two-tiered system of justice – one for Wall Street crooks and one for the rest of us. He has said that the Justice Department doesn’t dare prosecute the mafia bankers for fear that the economy might collapse. And HSBC, a New York based corporate bank, caught red-handed laundering 800 million in drug cartel money, was fined a proportionately small fine, and given ‘a kiss on the cheek’ by Mr. Holder, while a Louisiana African American caught with two joints was given a sentence of sixteen years.
Despite Mr. Bumble’s 19th century perspective he would clearly see that the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision followed by “McCutcheon”, equating money with speech and allowing unlimited amount of bribes, is idiotic. It gives the very wealthy overwhelming power, and leads to the subversion of what little democracy we have. Finally, those of us who still feel naively secure about the United States being a lawful society, should visit Guantanamo, or ask some of the young black men who were unconstitutionally ‘stopped and frisked’ by the NYPD, what they think. Mr. Bumble would be appalled and would have to find harsher words than “The law is a ass – a idiot” to describe how truly lawless we are as a society.