Just a little while ago was news that the Supreme Court of this “great” United States made a decision to assassinate a man named Troy Davis from Georgia who has been proven to be NOT guilty for murdering a cop. This man has spent many years in jail dodging numerous attempts at his death. Seven of nine witnesses recanted their testimony, and there is no evidence that supports his guilt. You can google the facts though, I won’t be indulging in facts tonight. Tonight I am going to discuss change.
I am usually pretty optimistic, inspired by thoughts, and excited by ideas when it comes to working toward change. I have this need in me to change the world. I see whats wrong, think of ways to fix it and then set my mind to accomplish those goals. My bubble was burst tonight. Every element of this Troy Davis case was comparable to someone (me) getting their asses beat. I don’t mean a high school brawl but a real beat down. One of those beat downs when there is 4 people on one, and one person kicks you in your ribs while you’re trying to get up. You fall and start to get up again and someone else comes in with another kick to your ribs. One of those kinds of beat downs where you’re down and you can’t get back up. You just lay there and take it. It hurts like hell but you’re so badly beaten that you can’t even raise your finger. You can’t block your self. You can’t cry out. All you can do is lay there and take it. Tonight, the problems that have been brought to the surface are so huge, there is no bright idea or group effort to organize to make this right. America, the people, are down for the count.
Since there is so much to touch, I will go in order of the events that brought Troy Davis to his soon to be death. So let’s start with the police. Our country has a system that gives certain rights to states to govern. The states make the laws pertaining to these issues, and carry them out. Federal government is banned from intervening in any of these issues. Some examples of those laws are gun rights, capital punishment, programs for the poor, etc. The issue I am deeply unhappy with tonight is crooked ass cops. The problem with police brutality and corruption are much larger than we would like to think. While many cases go unreported, you can do a YouTube search and spend the whole day watching videos of police beating women, children, elderly, etc..
So the entire reason that Troy Davis is dying tonight begins with “police coercion and intimidation.” Police coerced and intimidated people so that Davis would be punished for their friend’s death. How do we fix this? How do we fix a problem that exists in every state? A problem that has left many dead with no justice for their death. A problem that has caused many to actually lose trust in the very people who are hired to protect and serve us? A problem that has created such a fear in the black and Latin community, depending on the state you go to. The only way to fix this problem is to make it a federal entity. Create federal laws with federal repercussions. Not only for the wrong doers but those that cover up any wrong doing. Create regulations that have to be upheld, and a place for any American to report any wrong doing with the guarantee that the he/she will be taken seriously. Police incomes are paid by tax payers. They are supposed to be working for us. We need a police reform.
Lastly, our government consists of elected and appointed officials. The supreme court members are chosen by the President in office at the time of the appointment. Supreme court justices are in their position until they resign. It is a life long position. Over the past couple years we have seen that no matter how large the conflict of interest, no matter how biased their stance, no matter how many illegal sexual relationships they have; a supreme court justice aint goin no where. Congress, on the other hand, is elected. These congress men and women are elected by their districts constituents to represent the people. During the last couple years we have seen that some of these congress men and women only represent the corporations that donate large to their campaign. We have seen that no matter how many constituent letters, phone calls, emails, and visits they get; they will never stand up in defense of the people. What can we do to change this?
In regards to the Supreme Court we need an amendment to the constitution that provides a path for the people to impeach these appointed officials. I admit, a good Supreme Court justice is one I would love to keep forever. For that reason I don’t mind a lifetime appointment, but we definitely need to be heard when we are unhappy with what they do once appointed. We pay the salaries of our Supreme Court judges. They work for us so we should be able to fire them.
In regards to congress, since these employees are elected by the people who pay their salaries, we need to reform how they carry out their job in representing the people. There needs to be a ban on corporate contributions and corporate lobbying. Corporations are NOT people my friend and our government needs to reflect this as such.
I am tired of having my ass handed to me by those that we’ve hired to represent us. They are holding our head under water and waiting for us to stop breathing. We need to get up and remind them we put them there and we can take them out. We have a long way to go before these changes ever take place so we should start fighting for this as soon as possible.