Cowards Who Harm Kids Should Be Tracked
When you get a new appliance do you take time to fill out the little card and register your toaster, coffee maker or iron? Of course you do, if you want the company to keep track of it and fix it in the event of a breakdown.
We’re pretty good in America about registering things. We register our preferences for baby shower or wedding gifts to avoid duplication. Voting registries make sure only those eligible can cast a ballot. We register our motorcycles, boats and cars so we – and the police – can keep track of them.
What we don’t do is keep tabs on people who abuse and neglect children: The overwhelmed young single mother who physically harms her children, the violent boyfriend who wants the other man’s children out of his way, the uncaring babysitter who disciplines with slaps and punches. Such violence against children often escalates to the point of murder. [click to continue…]
Where Justice Should Prevail
There is something special about a courtroom — sacrosanct, almost.
In the hushed quiet there is the inevitable not-too-comfortable spectator seating that discourages people from becoming too relaxed.
There is the official bar that separates onlookers from the lawyers – a bar which civilians are not allowed to cross.
There are bailiffs to keep the peace. And, of course, there is the elevated bench upon which the honorable judge sits in his or her ceremonial black robes. When it gets down to it, this is their stage, they run the show. Respect for judges is a cornerstone of our judicial system.
But what happens when the judge acts erratically or even criminally? Who judges the judge? [click to continue…]
Suspicionless Searches & Seizures on the Rise
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
The amendment assures us that only when law enforcement has “probable cause” to suspect a person of a crime may that citizen’s space be violated.
Well, here’s a wake-up call, folks.
For years now, and especially since September 11, 2001, that most fundamental American right has been eroding. All across the nation, every single day armed officers with badges are stopping, interrogating, searching and detaining U.S. citizens with little or no explanation or probable cause.
This isn’t my America. [click to continue…]