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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by philnotfil, Oct 15, 2013.
This is not a healthy society.
agreed. national attention needs to be focused on those that were responsible for the pressure and criminal charges need to be filed against anybody that are culpable in criminal acts.
really, really ugly.
Cases like these are the poster child for why giving more power to local authorities is a bad idea. Powerful people can control small towns, and the smaller the decision making group, statistically the greater the chances of bad decisions.
As for the case itself, it sounds like a whole lot of people better be getting lawyers.
What local governance loses in more "mistakes", it gains double in the fewer people those mistakes affect and the ease with which they can be mitigated and prevented. National mistakes, even if one has decided they are fewer, are always more monumental and impossible to correct.
Had the national media not picked it up, how would it have been fixed or mitigated?
It's a tiny percentage of any type of story that makes national news, thousands of kids are kidnapped a year but a handful make national press. Same with murders, accidents etc. if the national government does something, the whole world knows about it instantly, they don't even need to news, the can just watch C-Span.
I spent a good deal of my childhood in a small town, things like this are common be it rape or something else - the town I was in it was embezzlement of nearly 1mm of city funds and the person got away with it.
People will do all kinds of things if they think they can get away with it, and much of the time they do. The fewer number of people watching, the more it happens.
That's not to say there aren't benefits to local governance, there certainly are. But stories like this don't advance the cause.
And those boys in the story will grow up to be the sheriff and city councilman a few years from now. What did they learn in their youth? What will they do as adults?
This has been going on for decades but the clueless media rarely picks up on it. My family was essentially driven out of a town in NJ with a KKK presence in the 60s when my dad, a teacher, snitched to the principal of the junior high school that a fellow teacher was sexually assaulting MULTIPLE female students. This teacher is now a major supporter of local politicians. Teachers unions get away with so much.