But what if they are on to something? What if this is about justice? What if the system is so broken that it can’t be fixed? What if the real problem is complacency on the part of the majority. Those of us who are not rioting assume that because all we see are looters and gangsters that there is no legitimate gripe. It is easy for us to overlook the underlying way in which the system is rigged. I imagine that is how the English Crown saw Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty.
Maybe we need to think a little deeper here and not just assume.
It isn’t the fourth of July but maybe a look at the Declaration of Independence is in order. It was a document that was responding to real life situations.
Here is what Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence,
“But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.”This came after many attempts to resolve the issues both peaceful and thugish. At one end you have the Olive Branch Petition that tried to reason with King George. At the other end you have the mob that burned and looted the head tax collector’s home in Boston. Because the King ignored the issues it led to the American War of Independence.
Perhaps those of us who are concerned about real justice need to look a little closer at what is happening in the big cities. I doubt if the dudes with their faces covered and carrying TV’s out of stores are concerned about the big issues and the Declaration of Independence but that does not excuse us from refusing to consider. There will be no easy answers but there are probably some right answers.
homo unius libri