Quote for the Day…
Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory. ― Dr. Seuss
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Chauvin Guilty
- Maxine Waters
- The Western Word Poll
- One More Thing
I was surprised when former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the death of George Floyd.
I had predicted he would be found guilty on one count. Earlier this month I wrote that I think when this is over, the jury will find him guilty of third-degree murder.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, was immediately led away with his hands cuffed behind his back and could be sent to prison for decades.
Our country needed this decision. Justice was served. This is a step forward, but much more work needs to be done.
The Republicans in the U.S. House tried to censure Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday but failed. According to the Washington Post, the resolution to censure Waters failed 216-210.
As I mentioned yesterday, CNN and several other sources are reporting that the judge overseeing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments could be grounds for appealing a verdict in the trial. Waters on Saturday night had called for protesters to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted in Floyd’s killing, comments immediately seized on by Republicans who claimed that Waters was inciting violence.
I wish the Republicans would have been this upset by the speeches on January 6 from members of Congress, President Trump, and others. Those speeches incited an insurrection that killed several people.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Don’t forget to participate in this week’s poll that asks, “Are you for or against Vaccine Passports?”
Click HERE to participate. The results will be posted Thursday.
ONE MORE THING:
Ted Nugent has tested positive for COVID-19, after referring to the pandemic as a “hoax” on several occasions. The staunch Trump supporter, 72, took to Facebook Live on Monday to reveal he was diagnosed earlier that day, while perpetuating anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and racist language toward the AAPI community. (People)
Nugent at one time made this statement after the country shut down for COVID-19:
You know, I guess I would ask you — because I’m addicted to truth, logic and common sense — and my common-sense meter would demand the answer to why weren’t we shut down for COVID one through 18?
COVID-1 — and there was a COVID 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 — COVID one through 18 didn’t shut anything down but woah, COVID-19!
Stick to music and hunting, Ted.
following this train of thought George Floyd’s life meant less than the officers intent? I guess black lives really don’t matter…
a drunk driver doesn’t intend to kill anyone when they get behind the wheel. they are no less responsible for their actions.
the same is true here and all the “ratiocination” in the world won’t change that
No, following your train of thought not mine. I did not draw that non-rational comparison. You did. All lives are equally precious in the sight of any possible interpretation of the human condition on this world. We all arrived here randomly and we will depart in the same manner ( at least that is how it has been so far). I am not supporting the totally mishandled arrest procedures. If you are lawfully detained, follow directions. Also, innocent until proven guilty. They were wrong’ and that lead to what appears to me to be a totally unnecessary death. They are culpable. A jury convicted, and probably will again. Can we agree that we have a 250 year history of slavery and 140 years or so of very unjust practices on the posterity of slaves, not to mention Indians, jews, Japanese, Irish (who died in the civil war?) and we can’t forget latinos, et al. You want to stop this problem? stop voting for racists. Our governor and senator, Gianforte and Daines supported Donald Trump, If he is not a racist we must change the definition (a simple correction for a modern Republican)
I do not think you have any idea what the intention of an inebriated driver is. The definition of a crime requires a perpetrator and a victim. Quit treating it like a crime when we catch them if no crime has been committed. We want to get them off the street and ensure they do not return. What we are doing now is not working. I like this blog. Reasonable people can disagree reasonably.
George Floyd trial. Not a fair trial. Not,(by my understanding) murder. Intent not proven. There is a reasonable evaluation by the Star Tribune. The jury has spoken. I think we must abide. Now the legal experts can wrangle. I hope this link works.
John – Thanks. If it wasn’t a fair trial, then that’s what appeals are for. I don’t see much changing.
The jury has spoken. We must abide. Now the legal experts can wrangle. I personally do not think he intended to kill.
I like the disputable fairness of your blog. You seldom hear the admonition to follow lawful directions. George Floyd was given lawful directions.
Fine. Not guilty then. Put him in the general population and let them decide. A true jury of his peers. Fellow murders.
a reasoned train of thought. It is called ratiocination Larry. It is effective. Have you tried it lately? I thought this article was reasonable. None of those police officers intended to kill George Floyd but they did. I do not think that lack of intent defines murder. The jury has spoken.