Dateline: Truckee, California:
Where do you think it's more empty these days: The hallways of RRA in Ft. Lauderdale, or the hallways of City Hall Miami? For the moment the score is two-zero, City Hall Miami in the lead as two city commissioners find themselves facing criminal charges. But that should change shortly don't you think?
And as to those City Commissioner meetings? Well, if you're indicted, you're invited!!!
Here's the video of our hard working State Attorney announcing the criminal cases against Commissioners Spence-Jones and Angel Gonzalez.
One wonders why the State Attorney spends so much time at the news conference congratulating those who worked on the cases? She was announcing the arrests, not convictions. Well, sometimes you take what you can get.
THE SANCTION OF THE VICTIM:
We've been pondering the Rothstein mess, and perhaps a lesson can be learned, or better, illustrated from what occurred. It's what is called "The Sanction of the Victim" and is defined as follows:
I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win—and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was “No.”
Galt's Speech, Atlas Shrugged.
"Evil requires the sanction of the victim."
We do not necessarily agree with the absoluteness of the statement. There is much evil that is committed by random acts of violence, as there is much evil committed by totalitarian governments against people who consented to nothing.
But that is probably not what Rand was writing about. It is this Rothstein mess, as well as the Madoff mess, as well as the meltdown of the economic system that was caused by the blissful ignorance of multitudes of people. That's what she was talking about, and she was right.