It shouldn't be surprising that
The charges? They involve negligence.
Peterson stood outside
Peterson could have tried to stop it. He was armed. But he hid.
He deserves our contempt. And the survivors, including grieving parents, need our support. But prison?
The road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions, but bad intentions allow us to drive even faster. Using criminal negligence as a weapon against public servants does satisfy the political desire for revenge. But it is a dangerous road.
Because who's next?
The indifferent teacher? The judge who let killers go free to kill again? Or the school administrator who allowed generations of poor students to graduate without being able to compete in the modern world?
The negligent social worker?
What about the prosecutor who gives a big hug to a
Or the political class, where even social justice warriors like
They drown us in debt, raise our taxes, they pander to the worst impulses of the mob for power and then have the gall to shame those who pay, accusing us of being too selfish and privileged to worry about the future of the country?
Isn't that hubris worth a few years in the pokey? Yes, except for one thing: Who decides? Our culture is now all about shaming. And throwing the shamed into prison for their sins is a natural outgrowth of our shame culture.
We've just seen a Democratic lawmaker willing to pay for information to expose the identities of little girls at a pro-life rally in
And the other day, a major news organization outed a
Americans were once encouraged to speak freely to and at our political bosses. But now, mocking the wrong politician is a sin, at least to some in journalism who keep telling us that democracy dies in darkness.
Sinners are liable to be punished by having their identities revealed and their lives open to the outrage of the mob, which is all about humiliating the enemy in this new culture of ours that demands a walk of atonement.
America has weaponized federal law enforcement for political purposes, and the extent of which will be determined soon by
What we're seeing with former Deputy Peterson is the political weaponization of law enforcement trickling down to the local level. There doesn't seem to be much political disagreement about Peterson. He's not a hard lefty of the new school. He's a 56-year-old cop of the old school.
Old-school cops weren't considered cowards. But this one is. And he deserves our contempt and all the civil suits coming his way.
Peterson hid behind that pillar at
"There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives," said
According to prosecutor
"The State's actions appear to be nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at politically motivated retribution against
Where have we heard this before?
If we put negligent lawmakers in jail, at least half of the
But politics rules. Peterson will likely be convicted. And higher courts will likely toss it all as garbage.
There is a better way. Since we're all about shaming, let's do it right. With statues. How better to immortalize an offender than gleaming marble?
The ancient Greeks had a word for it. They called the statues "Zanes." These were placed at
One of the first Zanes "honored" the boxer Eupolus of Thessaly, found to have bribed his six opponents to take dives to let him win. Eupolus and the six others were the first Zanes, with their names inscribed for all to see.
There were many more.
The Zane for Deputy Peterson would depict him crouching behind the pillar. Forever.
And we have plenty of space in
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