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Original post made by Disgusted, Alamo, on Aug 21, 2014

Something is very wrong in America when people immediately cry murder over a beaten police officer's encounter with a strong arm robber. Why does this happen? When poverty and hopelessness meet cultural differences coupled with moral relativism, the perfect storm emerges. Was this murder? Maybe, but it is highly doubtful in broad daylight and in the cellphone video filled world. Observance of a social contract inside hopeless poverty stricken ghettos is non-existent across the world, throughout history. In fact, history is full of instances where evil and immoral unreasonableness triumph. A lack of cogent morality gives way to alienation and scapegoats get railroaded. This is what got Hitler to power and the reason for radical Islamic terrorism. There are countless other historical examples, but for brevity, this author will leave it at that. Having the courage to take a stand against this type of unreasonableness and instead not exploit the alienation for political gain is the "right stuff" for leaders that will have history on their side. It is the key ingredient to a moral imperative based legacy. This is moral courage.

During a social crisis, greatness leads by voicing a firm and powerful guarantee that we will use all means necessary to see to it that constitutional principals will be followed, so that blind justice arrives at the proper conclusion. Pandering to one side or the other under these circumstances is morally bankrupt. Having moral courage is expensive, usually in the short term, but when victory finally emerges, sometimes, after some very dark hours; all peoples come together as a nation of principles for goodness, not evil.

This is the legacy of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, Churchill, Sadat and countless Supreme Court justices who wrote majority opinions that were unpopular, but just. The western movie metaphor of the iconoclast, who shoots the lynchman's rope in search of justice; this is what is at the heart of the American social contract. Everyone in this country should be asking themselves this question. Are our leaders standing up for moral imperatives as dictated by the constitution of the United States, of do they pander to an alienated constituency in line with his own form of personal moral relativism? Do we individually, care more about a political victory than having justice? Daren Wilson should not be railroaded because of the politics of social alienation. However, the morally bankrupt behavior of the Obama justice department, Governor Nixon and the biased media is absolutely disgusting. Did Eric Holder meet with Wilson too? Why not? There are two sides to every story and Daren Wilson deserves an equally honest commitment that justice will be blind. If Daren Wilson is guilty, he should pay the price. However, the principals of blind justice and innocent until proven guilty must prevail. Even the slightest appearance of a politicized justice process will leave a legacy of tainted leadership. Is blind justice occurring in Ferguson? Probably not, we as a nation should be ashamed.

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Posted by cindiR
a resident of Danville
on Aug 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

totally agree, as a wife of a cop, i worry every day that my husband will be treated fairly.


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Posted by trang nguyen
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I agree, so many times we see poltics set up people instead of right thing. Americas supposed to be about fairness. You said it very well, nice job.


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I absolutely agree that Darren Wilson should not be railroaded - for politics or for any other reason. Of course, he hasn't been charged with any misconduct as of this point in time; the matter is being reviewed. We'll find out a lot more about the justice system when we have more information than we have now. Pre-judging anyone is bad - not just the police officer involved in this situation. You seem to be as guilty of the sin you decry as the sinners you lambaste.

So I'm curious. What was your opinion of the police backing down from Cliven Bundy and his heavily armed supporters who were hailed as patriots by Fox News? Was that pandering to an alienated constituency in line with one's own form of personal moral relativism? What is "politics" and what is "justice" in a situation such as that? And what would be the morally courageous thing to do when a man declares that he doesn't have to pay for the use he got of property he doesn't own, and threatens to start a gunfight with the police if the try to enforce court orders saying he does?

I don't remember you posting anything about that.


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Posted by mehdi rezai
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

This is a really good essay. There is too much focus on politics and not enough focus on justice and finding the truth. I agree, that Eric Holder was not fair. He should have met with both sides. It makes him look very bad. Thank you for posting this.


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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Meanwhile, over in Ferguson-

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