Sunday, August 12, 2012

When The Chains Of Civilization Fall Away

I'd bend my principles to support something he (Jerry Weintraub) wanted of me. And of course every time you bend your principles – whether because you don't want to worry about it, or because you're afraid to stand up for fear of what you might lose – you sell your soul to the devil - John Denver [*download or listen to audio book by clicking link* Take Me Home: An Autobiography, John Denver and Arthur Tobier, Harmony Books, 1994.]


The woman behind the wheel of the SUV in the above video, Errika Shelton, has been described as a "habitual traffic offender" and the judge present at her bond hearing is quoted as saying, “I do consider you a danger to the community based on prior record like charges. Some of the narratives in the warrants lead disregard for safety of others. I will deny your bond at this time."

The woman's 7 year old daughter was ejected from the wreck after her mother lost control of the vehicle traveling in excess of 100 MPH. Ms. Shelton was being pursued by a Spartanburg, South Carolina Sheriffs deputy on Interstate 85. The daughter died of traumatic brain injuries.

Ms. Shelton has been charged with failing to stop for a blue light involving death, unlawful neglect of a child, third offense driving under suspension, reckless driving, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and habitual traffic offender.

Civilization has rules. Some are codified into law and others, like a handshake, are conventions built over time that allow people to determine the intentions of others. Some allow people to determine their positions within societal groupings. Other conventions become traditions that emphasize a common bond between separate family groups and even more widely scattered groups. The Christmas Tree is an example, even though it is derived from Pagan celebrations, it is a cherished symbol in most all of the various Christian faiths.

Some people live within our society and refuse to respect our laws, our rules, and our traditions. We've been browbeaten into accepting this under the guise of "tolerance". Take a look at what "tolerance" has done to our nation.

Our Founding Fathers were tolerant. When they crafted the laws and rules that were to guide this new country, they left room for everyone to come here and be who and what they wished to be.The understanding was that this extended to everyone. As long as one's rights did not infringe upon another's rights, the balance in society would be maintained.

Now, everyone in this land who claims to be something other than an "American" has more rights and more protections than "Americans". A violent religion has more standing than peaceful ones. Criminals act with impunity and occupy corporate offices and even the highest government offices in the land. Foreign nationals lay claim to our sovereignty and territory.

And this is while the "rules" are still in place.

What happens when the "rules" are no longer there? 

The rules have not constrained them. The rules have constrained us.

There's gonna be Hell to pay.

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