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In Topic: The "Culture of Poverty" Myth

Today, 12:02 PM

What ya know a socialist publisher to validate one's self and reasoning.

In Topic: New Drug Policy is finally official

Yesterday, 02:52 PM

JJ Watt, Clay Matthews, and Cushing again.

Pssh silly white people ;)

In Topic: Adrian Peterson deactivated AGAIN indefinitely

Yesterday, 05:44 AM

This is an attempt at a broader view of the injustices that are occurring on a societal level. For those who care read on. For those who believe this is off topic I do apologize and ask you to skip this post now.

Here is the slippery slope with Hardy. His offense is a misdemeanor, and he is considered innocent of the allegations until the verdict in his jury trial. What precedent will be set for all the individuals in the NFL appealing felony charges like DUI, aggravated assault, or drug abuse? They will all stand the trial of public opinion and be banned from the NFL indefinitely.

The biggest issue I see with all of this is the cultural evils of mob mentality created by social media. Yellow journalism, witch hunts, and virtual lynch mobs are gaining a modern day momentum. What once was an issue of cyber-bullying among children is taking the next step in its maturation into a hideous beast that will perpetuate the cultural decay of what remains of our constitutional values.

Can you stand by the declaration of independence when you do not allow the system to work?

'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.'

When you disregard the Bill of Rights tenants of 'Due Process' and 'Presumption of Innocence' does this not weaken the foundation and principles expressed within the Bill of Rights? Does one still have freedom of speech outside of government activities? Or does freedom of speech no longer exist when applied to the private sector?

'... nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.'

I put forth the assertion that the media and public by assembling together, by physical or virtual means, in an effort to coerce and degrade the liberties of an innocent man, as expressed by the intent of the Constitution of the United States of America and the Declaration of Independence, is a form of unlawful assembly. No different than a public flogging. An act of mob justice spearheaded by vigilante justice among individuals in the press. A form of sharia law by social media. A virtual form of a lynch mob.

When one tenant of the Bill of Rights is degraded, it degrades the foundation of all of our rights. Including the right so dearly held by the media with our first amendment. An inalienable right that infringes on another persons inalienable right no longer becomes a right, but rather an assault on the freedoms we hold dear as citizens of the United States of America - a verbal threat to 'Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness'.

I champion the intent of the 5th amendment as much as I do the 1st amendment. No more; no less. The value of every amendment, of the Constitution of the United States of America, is equal to that of any other amendment. While these rights are expressly placed on public institutions, any United States citizen who values freedom and displays moral rectitude will apply their intent to private institutions as well.

Allow 'due process' its rightful place in society. Deny the violence, rage, and vengeance through the media and virtual worlds which feed the gluttonous desire of the masses insatiable appetite for instant gratification. This egocentric cancer continues to permeate the foundation of morality and virtue of our nation - of our own person.

Instant justice is not a justice anyone should desire. Justice by the emotional climate of the mob is no way to progress a society. Justice must come through the virtues of patience and temperance to reveal truth. I will leave you with this quote of justice on a social scale in the hopes that everyone can step back and evaluate their role in another persons life and tribulations.

"The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place."

- Marian Wright Edelman

Imagine if we were under pure democracy instead of a republic, I slowly see the US going that way....

In Topic: Mixing Social, Justice, and the Market (NFL)

16 September 2014 - 05:43 AM

Public shaming, "the court of public opinion" is doubtlessly older than any formal court system one can name.

Even today, it still has its place. That is, short of an angry mob attacking these "gentlemen" and running them out of town on a rail.

Make no mistake, a few generations ago, that is exactly what would have happened to them... or worse.

If a few of these scoundrels fall off their high pedestals, maybe those witnessing the process of public shaming will think twice before emulating such poor behavior.

That goes for all of us, including multi-billion dollar corporate ventures like the NFL. After all, "They're people too my friend!".

If the masses are well informed then yes but this will not be the case with Hardy. You have some good points but legal systems should come first. Yeah players are becoming more big headed and should learn and Hardy is no exception. He shamed the Panthers and hopefully he changes his habits but I am afraid his pattern of wild behavior is an indicator of future action.

In Topic: Mixing Social, Justice, and the Market (NFL)

16 September 2014 - 05:39 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to think this is new. Its not. The court of public opinion has always believed what it believed evidence be damned. Guilty until proven innocent, innocent after proof of guilt, etc...

Only thing that has changed is info (or dis/misinfo) travels even faster.

No I don't think this is new. The handling of the situation I think has been handled poorly the whole time. Goodell should have come out sooner and established that the legal court system would come first before NFL action that is all not become top sheriff and be fickle with punishment.

Public opinion courts can sometimes be well uninformed and skewed to asymmetric information, like Hardy's case. If Hardy is a monster as the news reports then let the court system say it and cut him.

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