I’ve got a blog, a bad day, and an opinion. Hopefully I can mix these in a productive and thoughtful way. [Editors Note: I changed the title of this post]
So I read about ACORN being defunded. I think it’s in response to the advice given to the pimps and prostitute video going around. I don’t know shit about ACORN and I’m not defending them but I do have an opinion about how this particular chain of events played out.
Some employees were fired for giving a pimp and a prostitute advice about how to evade taxes with their profession. Sounds appropriate. Unless prostitution is legal in the jurisdiction then no advice should be forthcoming. In regards to evading taxes, that’s what tax advice is for, I hold that portion of the charge to be perfectly acceptable. Some employee acted inappropriately and created an embarrassment for ACORN. Simple. They were fired.
But where did the video come from? I asked this question from the get go. The pimp and prostitute looked like some comedy duo. Also, as it turns out they brought their own cameras. When someone in a funky Halloween costume comes in for advice with a cameraman, all bets are off. If you don’t look serious to the reasonable eye and you don’t get serious advice, who’s to blame? And then it turns out the pimp and prostitute where undercover to discredit ACORN.
Look, I don’t give a shit if it’s pedophilia, drugs, or terrorism. If you act like you’re inline with these transactions that’s entrapment to me because what we don’t see is how cops selling drugs helps keep the drug market viable. If cops are luring pedos, are they enhancing interest. I’m just saying if you aren’t a terrorist, don’t act like one; you might be making things worse. Plus, you won’t do it right and sometimes people see right through you. The same with the rest of it. Don’t worry, I can see what a hole I’m digging and I have an idea about the solution as well. The point is that the pimp and the prostitute weren’t legitimate and I think it’s unfair to assume people thought they were.
You wanna get the bad guys? Do you? Well it’s so ridiculously simple. I offer you a two step program for stopping crime.
- Eliminate stupid laws
- Big Brother for the rest of them.
Who cares about potheads? We care about dealers and cycles of degenerating decisions. Who cares about underage drinking? We care about drinking and driving and terrorists. Drop the illusions of perfection and focus on the unanimous crimes. Make the law understandable and predictable. Plug the holes. Give good people in bad circumstances a way out by taking things on a case by case basis. Do catch pedos, terrorists, and violent people. Oh, and a crime related to abuse of authority is a bigger crime. That’s common sense. Drop contempt charges. If the judge can’t take a joke, he shouldn’t be on the bench. We need more mature judges than that.
Put cameras everywhere. Be man enough to ignore intersex people, orgies, and other non-traditional forms of sex that the Big Brother officer might come across. Ignore illegal immigrants that you wouldn’t have known about any other way. You’re invading privacy so do it for a purpose and do not be distracted. Keep looking for bad guys. Automate that if possible so robots can help clue you in. Note patterns. Study human behavior, help society understand what normal really is along the way. That’s a good thing to know. We need to stop appealing to traditional morals and laws when we’ve learned that the old world didn’t know very much at all.
It’s so simple. When you make simple rules and you learn about people without nickel and diming them for every crime that the world can make up, you’ll learn something about who we really are. Along the way you can protect us from the big crimes. Those little crimes, if you must keep them, just add the rule that Big Brother is not evidence for lesser crimes. It’s too simple.
America is full a bunch of uppity police everybody else people. It’s also full of some very interesting and awesome variations. I vote to eliminate the uppity folks.