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Thursday, April 14, 2011

No day in court for our sense of right and wrong?

The NY Times headline caught my eye: "In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures".

It is a question asked repeatedly across America: why, in the aftermath of a financial mess that generated hundreds of billions in losses, have no high-profile participants in the disaster been prosecuted?

Of the many things about the US that makes me shake my head, these days, this is a symptom of one of my deepest worries: namely, that we seem to have lost our deeply felt allegiance to desire for justice. Instead, we bury justice in an argument about politics, policy, ideology, and partisanship. Or just say that justice is some other bureaucracy's job.

Lying has become ok. Fraud has become ok. Getting away with it has become ok. And not just in the financial mess, but across so many issues.

I wanted the "change I could believe in" to include a Federal Government that took its sense of right and wrong to court.

I'm not seeing it.