Knee-Jerk Reactionarianism

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Caylee's Law Petition

Photo from the petition at Change.org

The Casey Anthony trial didn’t interest me a bit, until it was over. Better than the drama of the trial itself is listening to the knee-jerk reactionaries jump up and down in righteous indignation that justice has not prevailed. It just goes to show that most people don’t see much more of the justice system than what is served up by Hollywood and all their feel good endings. Real life is not wrapped up so cleanly.

Let’s recap; a very public trial is televised, the prosecution fails to prove the defendant did the crime and she is acquitted. The viewing public disagrees with the verdict and starts looking for other ways to get some justice. I’m sure more than just a few wish to execute the defendant themselves, but luckily for her she is still in jail.  But that isn’t good enough for those who believe she is guilty. There must be a way to punish the next person that kills their kid and doesn’t report it for 31 days.

Enter Michelle Crowder of Durant, Oklahoma. She had begun a petition posted on Change.org designed to strengthen the reporting laws in regards to missing persons.   The ‘Caylee’s Law’ petition calls for establishing two new federal offenses: failure of a parent to notify authorities of a missing child within 24 hours and failure to report a child’s death within one hour.

Politicians in four states have jumped on the bandwagon and said they would submit bills to get this type of law enacted.

It goes to figure that politicians that can’t seem to balance budgets or get along with each other would find this trial and the controversial verdict to be a perfect time to stamp their feet, declaring outrage. This type of law usually gets passed without a debate, because the public moral outrage is on its side.

Meanwhile just a few days after the verdict of not guilty was handed down, a man with a gun kills 7 in Michigan. I’d bet my next year’s salary that this guy’s trial won’t even be televised, let alone will the general public even remember next month that this tragedy even happened.

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The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.