You watched a snuff film. You saw a man, under protest, slowly being choked to death, on camera, with witnesses, and you found a way to blame it on the murder victim? Have you completely taken leave of your senses? What is the matter with you?
Shall we revive the ancient custom of drawing and quartering, and apply it to minor offenders such as Eric Garner? Would that please you crazy “law and order at any price” types?
What torment would be too harsh, would make you pull back and admit that “Gee, the police are killing 500 people per year in America, and maybe some of those are unjustifiable; maybe the police are behaving like prissy lords and ladies who demand immediate compliance or else, at any excuse.”
The Chinese have a proverb: “The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”
We must not continue down this road. It is long past time to do some serious roll-back of these laws. Before passing any law, we should solemnly consider that we have just signed somebody’s death warrant. For allegedly selling single cigarettes without paying taxes? That is utterly barbaric.
I don’t want to hear another word about the IS slicing people’s heads off until we fix our own problems at home. It doesn’t make me feel any better to know that our finest slowly strangle their victims instead.
You think I am angry? I dialed it way down.
David Henderson makes a similar point: Who wills the end, wills the means.
See also Stephen Carter’s post.