Somebody out there hates you.

Nobody is hate-proof.

Regardless of your color, politics or sexual orientation. No matter what religion you do or don’t practice. Whatever your ethnicity or native language, level of education. City dweller, suburbanite or farmer. Somebody hates your guts because you exist. They don’t need to know anything about you personally. For whoever hates you, that you live is more than enough reason to want you dead.

Garry and I were watching an old episode of Law and Order tonight. The victim was a child murderer and pedophile, recently released from prison. In violation of his parole, he was living with a woman and two young children.

Blind-justice

The murderer was this sleaze’s former social worker and therapist. She murdered him because she believed him to be a serious threat to society and specifically to the two children with whose mother he was living.

The jury refused to convict her even though she did it and never denied it. They liked her and felt she had done society a favor. I can certainly understand why they would feel that way. The victim was the dregs, the kind of criminal who gives criminals a bad name. Meanwhile the perpetrator was a highly intelligent, educated woman, on the side of the angels. Or maybe not.

The problem is obvious and of course that’s what the show was about. That’s what this post is about too. Where do we, as a society, draw the line? If it’s okay to be a vigilante in this case, what if the victim is homosexual and the killer believes homosexuality is an affront to God … and the jury is composed of fundamentalists who agree him? You can see where this is going, or for that matter, where it has been. Ugly, uglier, ugliest.

Does law become optional if there’s a general social agreement that a particular victim deserved what he or she got? What about if the police are sure they know who done it, but can’t prove it? Should they plant evidence to get a conviction?

There has to be a line in the sand. Because no matter who you are, somebody hates you enough to kill you for being you. Somewhere, there’s probably a whole village full of people who hate you enough to kill you. If we erase or smudge that line, no one will ever be safe. Not me, not you. No matter who you are. No matter where you live. No matter how righteous or harmless you are.

Somebody hates you and wants you dead.



Categories: American history, Crime and Cops, Legal Matters

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11 replies

  1. The law isn’t perfect but once you start smudging the line you end up with anarchy 😦

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  2. The law itself is subjective. The prosecution of it by the government is subjective.
    We want to think it isnt. Well I practiced criminal defense for 15 years and it is subjective.
    Love your work dear friend

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  3. Yep, agree totally. The ramifications are endless, particularly for those convinced they’re doing God’s work. I disagree with capital punishment on the same principle.

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    • Me too. I won’t even argue that there are those who really deserve to stop living. I’m just not convinced we are the ones to make that call. But my husband is for capital punishment. So was my mother. This is a very personal issue that doesn’t divide by party line or by conservative/liberal.

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  4. Yeah, I don’t really let it bother me though.

    We are for Law & Order unless we feel the law is unjust generally. No planting evidence.

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    • I just got to thinking about how we selectively approve vigilantes. On TV it’s fine. It’s unreal. I just hope we all know when it’s not okay. I used to be a total Law & Order addict. I needed a daily fix. Now … it’s NCIS.

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      • Interesting read.

        I like NCIS also, just don’t watch much tv now.

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        • We watch a lot of movies, not so many newer shows. My husband watches more than I do, but he watches sports, especially baseball, otherwise whatever is in season. He has always been both a serious movie buff and a baseball fan. I often write on the laptop while the TV is on. I have some favorites … NCIS is one of a handful. I multi-task 🙂

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