Presidents, Supreme Cowards of the Free World?

Over at VICE, Harry Cheadle tackles a subject that deserves far more attention than it is yet getting. ‘We’ need to stop arresting so many children.

Our legal system is (on so many levels) a failure to be certain– but now with so many tales of minors being slapped with threats of imprisonment, it’s time to put harsher light on it. Young people threatened with spending decades and decades of their finite lives in metal cages– is a problem absolutely worth confronting. These aren’t kids accused of setting pressure cooker bombs out on public streets that I’m talking about. These are just your average dumb kids, doing stupid (sometimes very stupid) things. Why aren’t more leaders speaking about the absurd punishments they’re being dealt?

Journalists are, as Cheadle elabroates:

On Thursday, Cameron D’Ambrosio, an 18-year-old from Methuen, Massachusetts, was arrested for making felony bomb threats thanks to a lame video he posted to Facebook of himself rapping about having a bunch of money and killing people. “Cammy Dee” could get up to 20 years for his shitty, shitty rapping and posturing, and his bail has been set at $1 million.

He details a second case of outrageous legal over-punishment below:

Then there’s the case of Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old from Florida who was amusing herself before school on April 22 in the manner of nerdy kids everywhere, by fooling around with science. She mixed toilet-bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle, which resulted in a chemical reaction that produced “a firecracker-like ‘pop’ and some smoke… , Kiera is, absurdly, getting charged with “possession and discharge of a weapon on school ground and with discharging a destructive device” and being tried as an adult.

kids are dumb
Horsing around? Go to jail. Go directly to jail. And pay us $200. Then pay us some more.

Journalists and social media activists are exposing these ridiculous stories, but our so-called leaders are too busy letting Americans hear about their picks for NCAA tournaments. What is this garbage?

I have been thinking about the office of the Presidency today.

The office of the President is quite muted today, at least when I consider what it could be. People rally behind presidential rhetoric, entire brands are built around their words and acts. In the Western world, I’d posit that Obama’s logo is as recognizable as Apple’s.


And yet, when it comes to the presidency, we always have some partisan agent with an agenda far beyond ‘standing up for the people’. Do you truly think Romney or McCain would have shaken loose from this trend? I don’t. Bush was most certainly not an avatar of transparency or justice. The President is supposed to be our ultimate representative in government, the so-called ‘leader of the free world’ and yet we have opaque administrations– term after term. It’s an incredibly insulated position, the public is occluded from seeing much of what these men have done in our names on a day-to-day basis; it should be just the opposite. Where is the public interaction?

When these Presidents see cases of injustice, they should speak on it. Candidly.  If they can find time to golf, go to basketball games, and make sports predictions– they can find time to speak on true injustice. They volunteered to lead the country, not play 18 holes. And they should do so more than once in a blue moon, when it is politically convenient to have a fluff piece in the grocery store checkout line. They should do so frequently. Governors, mayors, congressmen– they should all be speaking out more. Drop the broad strokes and open up about specific cases. You’re in positions of power. Shame those enforcing bad laws. Stop being afraid of your poll numbers for fear of backlash. Be real leaders.

We put kids in jail for plants. Plants. Well what if they don’t want to go to jail?

What’s that bag of illegal nature you have there? Oh you don’t want to go to jail? You better become an informant and endanger yourself, sorry if you get killed– not our problem.

A president that had a pair would openly mock and criticize this entire inane practice of punishing and endangering kids over marijuana. We put them in jail for saying or doing stupid things– well, what does one expect them to do? They’re children! Does anyone expect them to be fully rational, capable beings in a cradle-to-grave system of taxation and ‘education’?

While we are on the topic of ridiculous drug policies– we penalize people dying from cancer by letting Eric Holder raid medicinal marijuana dispensaries,


Presidents are not meant to be supreme rulers, but they certainly have louder voices than 99% of the world. No sane person should think these legal practices are acceptable. A government should not be run as a corporation, with an executive whose primary function is to run ‘Cover Your Ass’ protocol for every agent in our tax-funded leviathan. But that’s exactly what our current Commander-in-Chief just did, when invited to speak in a graduation ceremony at Ohio State University.

Instead of being a vocal critic of bad policy, a warrior for justice, President Obama has become an apologist for the federal leviathan — encouraging the younglings to ‘reject those voices who warn of tyranny’. It is supreme cowardice that so little of substance is said about the failures of our government. Instead of confronting these failures, we have a president pretending to be didactic; spewing long, deceptively-glossed over, foolishly-optimistic  verbal head pats about the beauty of being a citizen.

I’ll have to steal Cheadle’s last line to close my own thoughts, because it is just too good:

So until the adults can figure out a way to get the prison-industrial complex in check, try not to do anything whatsoever, OK? And never film yourself rapping.

Now let me add:

Grow a pair Mr. President.

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