Murder on the Acela Express
"Who done it?" is a question that goes unanswered in Washington - unless you are an enemy of the Deep State.
I'm intellectually zapped.
And quite frankly, a bit disheartened.
I'm sure it will pass but in a way, that is the problem. Maybe it shouldn't.
As I watch every Biden scandal die in slow motion, I get the overwhelming feeling of unfairness.
Over the past months we have gone from Trump is a traitor because he possessed classified documents and it is the end of democracy if he doesn't go to jail (even though he had the power to declassify anything) to "This is just "classified spillage" and government employees mishandle classified documents and materials every day and that many of the instances are completely accidental.”
Then, yesterday, Hercule Poirot Roberts announced he just can't figure out who leaked Alito's draft Dobbs opinion.
Both of those situations are total bullshit - a dump truck load of it.
When are any of these people going to be held accountable?
The first time when there are no consequences for an act, the perpetrator feels as if they escaped but when they realize there are never going to be consequences, the perpetrator acts with impunity because they know they will not be stopped.
Look at the stores in cities where petty theft has been virtually decriminalized.
They are stealing the stores out of existence and the stores that aren't going out of business have every inch of inventory behind lock and key - even diapers. The stores must raise prices to compensate for the losses.
Where does the burden fall?
It falls on the patrons of that store who are not thieves. It falls on the law abiding patrons who still operate within the law. These George Soros funded District Attorneys are focused on allowing criminals to reap their own "reparations" from society while forgetting about the people who always pay.
Is that fair?
No, it isn't.
People of conscience and good faith know it isn't.
So why do we put up with it?
But there is more to the story.
It is no secret that we get less of what we disincentivize and more of what we incentivize.
When you think about America as a big convenience store and the federal government as the shoplifters, you begin to see my point.
No consequences. None. No bad act can't be spun or shoved down the memory hole.
And the more they get away with, the more they try to get away with.
Then the law-abiding American citizens, the people who just want to work, make a living, take care of their families, and have a little peace are the ones who pay. These are the good folk Yale University professor William Graham Sumner identified in an 1876 essay as:
“As soon as A observes something which seems to him wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X, or, in better case, what A, B, and C shall do for X… What I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. Perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. He is the man who never is thought of…. I call him the forgotten man… He works, he votes, generally he prays—but he always pays…”
That “forgotten man” is the taxpayer.
We don't have to put up with this.
We are getting it good and hard because we allow it.
This is a post-truth, post-fact culture because we allow the thieves to take our truth and facts away. Our culture can be reclaimed if those who are silent begin to speak.
There was a report this week about a regular citizen, a young man in San Francisco who witnessed a vagrant shoplifting and even though the staff just stood by, the young man stopped the shoplifter and forced him to leave the stolen materials in the store.
Government does not have exclusive ownership of what is right and wrong.
We the people own that - it is just that from time to time, the thieves in public and in government must be reminded of that fact.