Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How does this make you feel?

Viewed independently the preceding stories are just articles discussing crime and punishment. Yet when they are formatted and displayed as they are here, they may evoke a certain reaction. Now you may think that because I am a victim of the unbalanced justice system that I may start to rant and rave about the injustice witnessed as a result of these two stories. Not at all. Both of these individuals broke the law and according to the laws they broke they received the punishment associated with that statute. Again, is it unbalanced? Of course it is. Is it just? Yes, unfortunately according to our law it has been. Any other day you would scan the paper and see $3 Billion Fraud, ok, 40 month sentence, good; Homeless Bank Robber, ok, 15 years, well at least he's got somewhere to sleep. The fact they have been placed next to each other in such a manner is already suggesting you feel a certain way. That's the way this media thing works. Choose your own feelings, don't let crafty formatting or wordplay tell you what you think. If you have a problem with the punishment associated with breaking a certain law, change or amend that law. Don't blame the judge or the government, in this case they're just the messengers. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't like "doing the time" associated with shooting the messenger.

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