What Year Is This?

The verdict is in: no indictment for the officer who killed #EricGarner in NYC. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please check out this link here: http://bit.ly/1yqAvtE .

The thing that is disturbing to me is the anger I hear in people who don’t understand why people are upset that there was no indictment. I mean, there is a VIDEO with sound. The man was breaking the law, yes, but I thought that in America, we had certain rules we follow, like the right to a trial and due process. Since when did selling cigarettes illegally mean a death sentence?

To put this into perspective, in Iraq they only cut off your hand.

I don’t understand how some can actually think that a police state is a good thing. There have been other times in history where police were elevated to a “do not touch” status. Hitler’s Germany immediately comes to mind. Our right to privacy, to the pursuit of happiness, these rights as well as others are in real danger.

It’s not a black thing. It’s not a white thing. It’s a freedom thing. We need to get that straight first.

Martin Niemöller was a protestant pastor in Germany during WW2. After the war, he became very vocal about Germans asking forgiveness for their part in allowing the murders of over 6 million people go unchecked. He was ridiculed and persecuted for this point of view. His following statements, however, ring true today:
In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up