Saturday, September 18, 2010
Lines from Movies That Tell the Truth
The line is: " There's nothing as trustworthy as the ordinary mind of the ordinary man." Considering the mindset of Hollywood, and that of the writers of movies, whether in 1957, or today, and the mindset of the character Andy Griffith plays, perhaps Andy Griffith himself, I'm pretty sure the intent was sarcasm, and contempt.
But the truth is that there really is nothing as trustworthy as the ordinary mind of the ordinary man, or woman. Many people, including some bloggers I've read, delight in calling them Joe Sixpack, or other putdowns, but the truth is without the ordinary people, the workers, the buyers, those who support and pay taxes and elect, rightly or wrongly the assholes in government, whatever country you care to mention, this would be a pretty poor world. Nobody but the rich, how boring would that be?
Tonight I was watching one of the DeathWish series, number 5. Bronson as Paul Kersey had just blown away a bad guy, as the DA walked into the room, he explained to the DA that he'd have killed both of them given a chance. The DA nodded and walked over to the dead bad guy. Looking down he said, "No Judge, No Jury, No Appeal, No Deal..." I couldn't help but think that maybe what this world needs is fewer laws and cops, fewer deals, fewer appeals, and more vigilantes.
This country, at least has gotten to the point that the bad guys have almost become the good guys. Breaking a law gets you thrown in prison where you watch tv, lift weights or work out, have all the dope you want, hang out with your buddies, and screw or get screwed. Most of them have it better inside, than on the outside, and we the good guys pay for them to live this way. Somehow it just doesn't seem right.
Now I understand that many find the idea of vigilantes killing bad guys objectionable, even if it is cheaper to the rest of us. So here's another idea since most of the prisoners in the US are non violent, in for drugs or other stupid rather than violent crimes, why not put them to work repairing the disintegrating infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc. Put them in work camps like the WPA used to have, charging them to live and eat. Pay them a wage, and apply everything but what they'd need for food and rent for themselves, to supporting those in prison. Of course they'd pay tax, like the rest of us. Make sense? Another thought, I've read that in pre-Chinese Tibet, some criminals were allowed to roam about freely, the catch was that they were fitted with a collar, that exended out two feet or so. This collar was heavy and prevented them from feeding themselves or easily drinking. They had to depend literally on the kindness of others to eat or drink. Of course committing another crime, while probably possible was unlikely. Maybe we should try that and close the prisons, it would be cheaper and I suspect more effective.