by Kenneth Justice
~ One of the main themes in my writing is the subject of justice and in the Western World we have no shortage of real life stories which remind us that a myriad of men, women, and children are direly in need of justice.
Each week for the past few months I’ve been co-hosting a podcast with fellow blogger Kylie from Journeyofkylie.com and this week’s episode which airs today deals with a serious matter; the arrest of Kylie. Kylie wasn’t doing anything wrong, she wasn’t breaking the law, she wasn’t hurting anyone, she wasn’t even hurting herself; but due to overzealous law enforcement, she was thrown to the ground, handcuffed like a common criminal and taken away.
Is it just me or have police officers and law enforcement officials become power hungry in recent decades? I remember watching “The Andy Griffith Show” as a child which portrayed a kind country sheriff who knew the names of everyone in his town and demonstrated love and grace to all. The sheriff portrayed in that old black and white TV show viewed his responsibility as serving the people. Yet what modern law enforcement officials in our day-and-age view themselves as public servants?
Nowadays when someone wears a professional uniform of a law enforcement official they are more likely to cause people to be nervous around them rather than comfortable; is that really what we want our law enforcement officials doing, striking fear in the hearts of innocent citizens?
During the era of the Soviet Union, law enforcement officials were so frightening people avoided them like the bubonic plague. The people of communist Russia were terrified of their government and of the law enforcement officials who arrested them unjustly and often without cause. Is this where we are headed a society?
Last week I wrote about propaganda because I believe we are all influenced in various ways thanks to the powers above us. Whether it be the school system you go to, your government officials, your religious leaders, your family, or the scientists who write the textbooks you read; we are all influenced by the propaganda of other people. Propaganda in and of itself is not necessarily bad, it’s simply a way of life. However, when it comes to the current propaganda often being cited in the Western World; that the United States and Great Britain are responsible in policing the world……I start to get concerned.
If I’m annoyed that my podcast partner was handcuffed and thrown to the ground unjustly, then how must someone in another country feel when foreign law enforcement officials from the United States and Great Britain show up and start throwing their weight around?
Lots of questions this morning, but very few answers. I definitely need another coffee,
P.s. this week’s show airs in less than hour at kennyandkylie.com
Categories: Culture & Society