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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LAWLESSNESS IS THE HALLMARK OF DEMOCRACY



Lawlessness is the hallmark of democracy
In democracy we have freedom but how is this freedom used. Consider the following cases.

One, a politician’s son shoots dead a seventeen year old boy because the car in which the teenager was traveling overtook the politician’s son’s car.

Two, a low caste man falls in love with a high caste girl and marries her. The parents of the high caste girl organize a gang to kill the low caste man in broad day light.

Three, a police officer falsely implicates a man in a murder case and gets him arrested because the man did not pay a bribe to the police officer.

Four, a gang of young men beat to death a man in broad day light because of some argument they had previously.

Five, a gang of young men beat to death two men because they objected to the gang teasing a young girl on the road.

Six, a man forcibly carries away a girl in full public view to a remote building to rape her. But this girl bit him badly and escaped. The police did not register a case when the girl complained and she had to bring a video footage from a spy camera to prove her charges.

Seven, a reporter is shot dead because he wrote against a mafia politician.

Eight, people smoke in public although there is a ban on public smoking.

Nine, shop keepers  spread their wares on foot path and make the pedestrians walk on roads with busy traffic risking their lives

Ten, when a mother checked the bag of her school going daughter she found condoms to her horror. When she confronted the daughter with the discovery, the daughter admitted she was having sex with her classmate in an apartment owned by the boy’s  father.

I can go on and on.

Don’t you think democracy breeds lawlessness?

31 comments:

  1. I do not think democracy breeds lawlessness. I do not see the correlation you are trying to make.

    In a democracy a politician's son who shoots and kills anybody is subject to the same laws as everyone else.

    In a democracy we do not have castes. There may be parents who do not approve of a child's choice but that is bigotry and snobbery not the fault of democracy.

    In a democracy police are subject to the same laws as everyone else. Bribery is illegal.

    In a democracy there can be problems with gangs that are difficult to curtail. But again the laws need to be enforced and people need to testify.

    No one should bully (or tease) anyone else. To protect the person being bullied is admirable. Resorting to violence is not. Democratic laws cover this and law officials need to handle it as soon as they are notified.

    Rape is illegal. All allegations of rape are to be fully investigated and prosecuted by the police. In a democracy the police are there to protect and serve.

    Organized crime such as Mafia is illegal in a democracy. The members have no rights that supersede the laws.

    If smoking in public is prohibited by democratic law it is expected that police will issue tickets and the proper fines will be adjudicated.

    Most towns have rules about where a vendor can display their wares. The rules allow for comfortable and safe foot traffic. Vendors who do not observe the rules will be dealt with by law.

    I am befuddled as to why it is the fault of democracy that a young person would be sexually active. To me that is the responsibility of parents. There are laws that prohibit preying upon minors for sex. In other cases two consenting adults are the only ones involved. It then becomes a private matter between the two.

    There will always be those who breaks laws even in a democracy. It can be difficult to find justice at times. But the laws and the people to enforce those laws are there. The laws are equal for all in a democracy. Surely you must have another form of government in mind.

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    1. Hello Emma,

      There are two points in your comment I would like to elaborate.

      One, I agree with you that the law is the same for all in theory. In practice it is not the same. Law is interpreted in different ways for politicians, rich people, movie stars, ministers,police officers and so on. A movie star was allowed to drag the criminal case for more than thirteen years and even now he out acting and making money. A politician was allowed by the court to drag the case for eighteen years and still the case is going on. Do you think a common man will be allowed to do this by the court? As I said in one of my earlier posts that if you visit a prison you will find only poor people there,

      Two, you have said that sexual activity has got nothing to do with democracy. I was referring to a case of a school girl and boy having sex. Democracy give freedom but freedom is misused even by school going children. Parents are working hard to pay for their school expenses and they expect the children to study and get good marks and not go to an apartment and have sex during school hours. If by chance the girl gets pregnant who will take the responsibility of bringing up the child. In other words these school going children are misusing their freedom in democracy.

      Best wishes

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    2. As you know from reading my blog I have a son who is in prison. Some of the people in there with him have a great deal of money. One is a famous politician. In the case of the politician his case proceeded relatively quickly and his sentence seemed to be a fair one. It can be true that wealthy people can pay to have people help them and often they use laws and precedents to their advantage. However in our democracy it is required that each and every defendant is provided with an attorney if they cannot afford one.
      I do not believe any form of government can be blamed for those who abuse the tenets of that government. The students in your example are wrong not the form of government.
      Best wishes to you also.

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    3. Hello Emma, very few rich and powerful politicians are incarcerated in jail although they commit the most heinous crime and swindle millions of dollars. The courts are always lenient to the them and award minimum sentences. Even in prison they live a luxurious life by bribing the wardens.

      When a rich man is pitted against a poor man who cannot afford to have a lawyer it is true the court will appoint a lawyer but this lawyer will the most incapable lawyer to fight the case for the poor man. Whereas the rich people can employ the best lawyers who will find loopholes in the law and their clients free or go free.

      As regard students, it is the form of government which lets students go astray and there is no effective punishment for juveniles. A juvenile brutally raped and murdered a young woman and he was awarded only three years in a juvenile home. He is free now. You can see the form of government is absurd.

      The students think they can break the law because system of government allows such deviant behavior. When students misuse their freedom it is lawlessness.

      Best wishes




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    4. Joseph, it has been a while since I stopped by. I was hoping for a new post from you because you always have a subject that provokes thought.
      The rich politician I used as an example is still in prison. He has been appealing his sentence as is the right of all prisoners rich or poor. He recently had his final appeal before the Supreme Court Of the United States. Hi conviction and sentence were upheld. My son who has been gone for far too long will be home in a little over a month. I feel justice has been served in both cases even though as a mother I wanted my son home.
      I am wondering if you support the practice of honor killings such as the most recent one I read about. A young woman became a model and endorsed freedom for women to live as they wish. Her brother felt she was an embarrassment to the family so he strangled her. Which is worse... sex at too early an age or murder?
      Another thing I am curious about. Which form of government do you espouse? I do not udge; I simply would like to know more about your beliefs.

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  2. I agree with Emma, but would even go so far as to suggest that your correlation is fantastic. For example, America has had a democracy for 250 years, yet sexual promiscuity wasn’t common until the advent of the birth control pill in the 1960s, so what does this young girl having sex have to do with democracy? Certainly, if America was like much of the Middle East and killed such people, promiscuity would be reduced, but this doesn’t suggest that democracy causes promiscuity, nor does it imply that living in a totalitarian state would be preferable to living in a democracy, as you seem to imply.

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    1. Hello Snowbrush, I have not mentioned anything about totalitarian state. I was talking about lawlessness in democracy. School going children cannot be allowed to misuse the freedom in democracy by having sex during school hours.They can have as much sex as they want when they become adults.

      Best wishes

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    2. Snowbrush, I appreciate your support. Unfortunately I must disagree with the point you made about birth control. Promiscuity has been around since the beginning of time. It is harder to hide an unwanted pregnancy than a quick sexual liaison. What birth control did was to eliminate a lot of babies born and given up for adoption or even worse lessen the number of shotgun weddings.

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  3. I don't know if democracy really breeds lawlessness. There's definitely a lot of lawlessness and a sickness in some parts of the world but you can find it even in places without a lot of democracy. The world needs help but it also needs structure and rules. Who knows what the cure really is?

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  4. Its not the fault of democracy but corruption in system which is the root of all evils.

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  5. I'm pretty sure that it's humans who cause lawlessness not democracy. Are laws broken in countries with strict and ruthless dictators?

    Yes, laws are broken in strict countries with ruthless dictators but there are fewer repeat offenders.

    Democracy has higher rate of repeat offenders.

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    1. Hello Billy, I agree with you there are numerous repeat offenders in democracy. The punishment is not hard enough and the prisons don't reform the criminals who are jailed. They come out as hardened criminals.

      Here is a case. A man was convicted of raping a girl and was sent to prison for three years. You know what he did after he was released? He went back and raped the same girl.

      Best wishes

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  6. I do not think that, on the surface, democracy breeds lawlessness...although it may seem that way sometimes. I think averting our eyes breeds lawlessness...

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  7. Sadly, sometimes it does. People are losing discipline and using freedom to justify their actions.

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  8. Joseph
    Sorry I'm so late to your blog. Too many changes taking place in my life, right now.
    You pose a great question that funnels into different alleys and pathways, the more I think about it. Values appear to be a conglomerate mass right now. At first, I think it's the chemicals and drugs that take over the mind but there was always the laudanum and opium, etc. that was considered openly acceptable.
    Greed seems to be another huge factor as people want a big storehouse of paper money that really isn't theirs anyway. Love of power is another road that that attracts many who enter into politics. They are clever and devious in gaining control over people by offering excitement in entertainment, sports and the breaking up of famlies. All this seems to be accomplished in the name of
    "freedom." Some of the lawlessness may point to democracy but I can see so many factors, be they related or not. If we go back in history, we see most of the same things.
    I guess I have no answer or opinion to your question. It's all so confusing. At times I just want to go out and cultivate my garden. (Actually, that was Voltaires phrase, not mine.)

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  9. The only thing that will work is to spread the Lord's teaching on Love.

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  10. And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog Joseph.

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  11. Or individuals will carry on making decisions on behalf of the rest of humanity. That's another possibility.

    Greetings from London.

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  12. I don't think democracy breeds lawlessness.

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  13. I actually think lawlessness and corruption are everywhere no matter what type of government is there. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog.

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  14. Democracy is well intended but messy and likely does breed so lawlessness.

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  15. Namaste......
    Where there is free choice and will "man" will defy whatever law is in place.

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  16. i don't think these are necessarily brought on by democracy. the world's a mess no matter how it's governed, and i'd say democracy isn't the most evil option! x

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  17. Hi Joseph,

    I will reserve my comment to this interesting post for another time. I came here to thank you for your wonderful comment in my blog; thank you. I replied to it and because I wasn't sure that you would be able to see it, I decided to bring it here for you to know. ---

    "Yours is an inspiring story, Joseph. Proud to have you as a fellow traveler in life. So much more proud to see God working dynamically in your life. What a magnificent God we have!!

    I hope that God sends more blessings down your way.. far more beyond measure! God bless you and your family."

    There it is! Again, thank you for taking the time to come by my blog and comment. Know that it is always appreciated.

    God bless you and your family.

    Best regards.
    Ellen

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    1. Hello Ellen,

      I am grateful for your words of kindness and appreciation. Encouragement from friend like you gives me the motivation and courage to carry on.

      God bless you and your family.

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  18. I dont think it breeds lawlessness. There just seems to be a lot of crazy behavior on the news. I dont know if it has increased or it is now on tv. I like the way you talk about tough subjects here, keep on

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  19. I can't say I believe it is democracy that breeds lawlessness...more human frailty...and as Kim has said - the news on TV. They seem to scour the world in search of doom to screen into our living rooms...and the more of this we are subjected to, the less it shocks us...gradually becoming "the norm."
    And that is, in my opinion, where the danger lies.
    And how it scares me for the future of mankind...:(

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  20. Hi Joseph, Thanks for visiting my blog. Come back anytime...

    I don't think democracy breeds lawlessness--although it does contribute to it... I do know that there is a lot of HATRED in our world... Makes me very sad... Wish more people would find God--and learn tolerance and just get along with others, even those who are different from them.

    Thanks again...
    Betsy

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  21. A thought provoking article. True, none or at least the so called upper hand of the society follows law in this sovereign (doubtful to say so) democracy.Here law exists only to suppress more the subservient ones by the affluent.Justice is denied to the haplessly helpless downtrodden.Justice only influential ones enjoy.But justice done to the unjust is usually built upon the injustice done to the voiceless.Society should wake up from this nap and ight for equality.

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  22. I'm all for democracy... even though there are incidents like these. I personally believe that even if these people seem to be getting away with these crimes they really aren't in the long run.

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  23. Not sure that it is democracy is the cause ~ Values begin at home and yet society plays a big role in how people behave ~ We have become a very greedy nation ~ and there are no heroes in our day and our leaders are so lacking in integrity ~ If each person were a responsible individual imagine how world could be ~ there are populations of people working at turning our country around ~ perhaps ~ some day ~ peace will happen daily ~

    Happy Day, weekend and Happy 4th of July in the USA to you.

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