Take a look around you. We are no longer “innocent until proven guilty.” Our media has created a “rush to judgment” mentality that, when combined with the modern day microwave mentality of ‘get it NOW,’ guilt is proclaimed and sentences are passed in the same time it takes one to go through the drive-through window of a fast food restaurant.
Repeat the Lies Often and People Think They’re Truth
Just look at the mad rush to condemn Larry Craig. The twisted stories appearing on Television, in newspapers, and on the Internet have stated he pled guilty to soliciting homosexual sex in a public bathroom.
Um … no. He pled guilty to ‘disorderly conduct.‘ We don’t KNOW whether or not the Senator was soliciting sex, because the cops acted too soon. In reality, the man broke no law at all!!! BUT — between people rushing to judgment and other people twisting the truth, he’s been tried, convicted, and sentenced all within a matter of days.
NOTE: Before people rush to judgment and consider me two-faced because I said Craig should resign, please read about WHY I said he should resign. You’ll note it is not a rush to judgment.
Rush to Judgment (the status quo) Proves Deadly
Unfortunately, rush-to-judgment has become our status quo, and this mentality recently resulted in the murder of an innocent Connecticut man. According to the report found at FoxNews.com, a woman experiencing post-partum depression told her husband that a neighbor had sexually molested their two-year old daughter. The woman’s husband, a LAWYER (aren’t they supposed to be familiar with this ‘innocent until proven guilty’ concept?) goes over and STABS THE NEIGHBOR man to death.
A subsequent investigation found NO evidence of the accusation. (Gee — did the PPD have anything to do with accusation?)
Thankfully, the knife-wielding lawyer-murderer just got 12 years in prison —- and the family of the man who was murdered has filed a wrongful death suit against the wife for fabricating the molestation story.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty is SUPPOSED to be The Law …. BUT ….
Innocent until proven guilty is a nice idea. It’s even supposed to be our law. But frankly, I’ve lost faith that anyone lives by it anymore. I even have my personal experience as additional evidence:
Years ago, while serving in the US military, I was wrongly accused of a crime. Being a poor 20-something I had no money to hire my own lawyer, so I went to the base legal office for help. I will never forget the unfathomable conversation I overheard in that office:
– After explaining the situation to one of the lawyers, I was asked to have a seat. The lawyer then walked into another lawyer’s office and said “There’s a guy out here who’s been accused of ______.”
The other lawyer — whom I never met and never saw, and who apparently did NOT know I could hear ever word he was saying — replied, “He must be guilty, or he wouldn’t be here to see us.”
To this day my blood boils even as I recall those words.
All it Takes is ONE False Accusation
All it takes now is one, simple, false accusation and one’s career can be totally ruined.
As just one example that hits close to home, one person I know who words for a Fortune 500 company was accused of sexual harassment at his work and forced to attend classes and endure the subsequent whispers and humiliation.
Here’s the KICKER: The accuser told him privately she KNEW he did not sexually harass her. She told him she just didn’t like being around him, and she wasn’t going to back down from her accusation so he would be forced to stay away from her.
WTF ? ? ?
The Truth No Longer Matters
When he approached his HR department with this, they said it didn’t matter that he didn’t do anything. Just the mere fact that the woman felt uncomfortable around him was enough to warrant a sexual harassment case.
Turn it all upside, people: The USA is no longer a practicing constitutional republic. We are now seen as guilty as soon as an accusation is made.
It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of government we devolve into.