Whilst waging war bodily against the false but deeply entrenched Baltimorean idea that pedestrians do not enjoy the right-of-way while crossing a road using a crosswalk, I have had this standard response hurled frequently my way:
“Get the fuck out of the road, dumbass.”
Regardless of his apparent social or economic class, these tend to be the first words from a driver’s lips when forced (by nothing but my raised hand) to abide by the laws of the state of Maryland and bring his gasoline-powered steel battering-ram to a halt using slight pressure applied to a hinged pedal by one of his feet so as to avoid running headlong into a foot-mobile fellow citizen who is seeking to gain lawfully the other side of a roadway. To protect myself in the event of someone violently violating my pedestrian rights in a premeditated fashion, I have taken to using my cellphone to capture video of oncoming vehicles while negotiating a crosswalk, which seems to have the desired effect of forcing drivers to stop. Otherwise, few people operating automobiles appear to find anything wrong with driving in such a manner as to barely miss hitting me as they race toward the next group of cars stopped at the next red light.
Among the worst offenders are Baltimore city police officers, who as a whole don’t seem to mind breaking state law §21-502, which is but one among many of the laws they swore a sacred oath to uphold.
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on flaunting laws
Should President Trump be impeached because he won’t relinquish ownership of his luxury resorts and golf clubs? If the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution should be at all taken seriously, Trump must be impeached. It appears, however, that the man who recently swore to defend and uphold the Constitution in its entirety has every intention of violating his oath of office.
President Trump’s unlawful behaviors are already appearing to have trickled down in the form of Alexandre Bissonnette, a white-supremacist, Caucasian terrorist who allegedly murdered six men while they were praying at their local mosque. According to various news sources, it appears that Bissonnette was inspired by the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric spewing sickly from the suckholes of fascist leaders such as France’s Le Pen and America’s Trump.
With President Trump blatantly flaunting America’s bedrock legal foundation, it should come as no surprise that his followers are doing the same, expressing their Islamophobia through both hardened boot-heels and hateful words. Why should the average citizen abide by the rule of law when the weakling occupying this nation’s highest post doesn’t, either? Why should the average citizen pay his taxes when Washington’s top mendicant doesn’t, either?
Perhaps we the American People should copy Trump’s example and do the following: stop obeying laws we don’t feel like obeying anymore; call anyone who cries foul of our incivility a liar; deride any statements that contradict our own as false news; keep heaping on the bullshit without ever admitting guilt, remorse, or compassion. Such acts would require us to stoop to his level, however, and few of us, it seems, are willing to lessen themselves to such an intolerable degree.
We still have more than one thousand, four hundred, three and one half days left in Trump’s first term. Get to it!
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an unconstitutional presidency
A crisis looms; stormclouds are massing. Unless he can sell off his last holdings and put them all into a blind trust, the president-elect will on 20 January 2017, his inauguration day, violate the Constitution. Should he on that day run foul of the emoluments clause, he will have to be impeached immediately. It won’t make much difference, however, if his violations persist. America long ago abandoned the principles upon which it was founded: there is no clause that calls for the Ynki to act as the world’s policeman, doling out punishment or refraining from applying it as he sees fit; nowhere in the Constitution are provisions for a military industrial complex; nowhere does this nation’s supposedly most sacred text propose that America must be constantly at war for its economy to thrive; nowhere does our founding document indicate that non-human corporations should enjoy the same rights as flesh-and-blood people do, or that the wealth created by society as a whole should be given to a few affluent capitalists. We citizens of America have allowed these aberrations to stand; we citizens of America have allowed these violations to continue. As Americans, each and every one of us is responsible for the crimes and injustices our weapons of war visit upon the downtrodden peoples of this world - be they bombs dropped by us or ones loosed by a tyrannical client-regime.
As discussed in an earlier post, the American government now treats its citizens similarly to how we were treated by the British monarchy before declaring our independence. The rule of law applies to some of us, not all of us equally; armed agents of the state kill us without due process or punishment; taxes are imposed upon us without our consent; our seas lie plundered of their bounty, poisoned by industrial run-off; our coasts and forests sit ravaged, their diversity raped for short-term gain. The incoming president will violate the Constitution as soon as he is sworn in, and few of us will give a shit about it. Welcome to America - land of the greedy, home of the enslaved.
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