I don't think I am the easiest guy in the world to shock. I've spent a lot of time on the internet and 56 years on this planet and seen a lot of crazy things, some quite shocking! But what's happening in the land of the free and the brave is really stunning! In fact, I just finished a twitterment with a few people who were strongly stating their position that Kim Davis is right where she belongs... in prison and that i was a s-head and an idiot for thinking otherwise!
I used to have a youthful fantasy that people who were in jail were dangerous killers, rapists and the like but no more! Her recent incarceration actually makes me wonder how many more harmless souls are "currently occupying detainment facilities" in the United States. After all, her crime was ..... (deep booming voice) .....not filling out government-approved, gay marriage license form.
Granted, it was her job. Granted, people who don't do their jobs are commonly fired. But if we jailed everyone who fails to execute every command given them, who would be left to guard the jail or fix potholes?
And there is something deeper. The state is clearly making a statement here. "If you work for us, you will do as you are told or you will suffer extremely harsh consequences." At least, if I was a state office worker in another county that is the message i would be taking home for the weekend.
And so, what are we left with but a huge assortment of people who believe that their deeply-held personal beliefs must be set aside while they administer the duties given them from on high, no matter how personally reprehensible they may find them to be.
Each official is eyed by another and all the rebels are weeded out until we have a great pyramid structure of people all joyfully willing to lick their masters boots. Just doing their job. Mao Tse Tung would be so proud of you all! Perfect little followers! Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Amin and a few others too.
Which brings up another point. What of nurses who refuse to perform abortions or "assisted death proceedures for the elderly"? Jail, presumably, right in the next cell to Kim.
So my question of the day is this. What sort of officials, if any, do we want ruling over us? The kind that have no spine, no willingness to attempt to change things they believe are wrong? The kind who will do whatever they are told to keep the cheques coming and the prison guards away? Because that is exactly the system court decisions like this one are creating for the rest of us.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams