Music to accompany this post is from the maestro, John Lennon. Video is courtesy of YouTube, copyright is not owned by me but by Apple Records/EMI and the video is not owned by me. If we can make the world a better place and don’t then the chaos is our fault.
We can all make the world better by doing what needs to be done, I was watching a drama show yesterday and one thing that really hit home (to me anyway) is the pressure we all feel when observing an act of violence. We pay our policemen and women to protect us and keep us safe yet we will stand around and watch when someone is attacked in broad daylight. Some will have their phones out and video the attack (crime or whatever) being carried out. They are doing something productive only if the video is given to those keeping us safe. With clear shots of the guilty parties in order to bring them to justice.
I believe that no one has the right to terrorise people whether they are gangstas on the streets of New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London or Birmingham (AL or UK) or even sitting in the highest elected position in the UK or USA. No one is above the law and anyone who breaks the law, whether it is driving while drunk or refusing a legal obligation to hand over tax returns, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I would like to remind those in positions of power that they answer to the common rank and file of the electorate and not the Prime Minister or the President. I know in Washington the House will not hesitate to impeach the POTUS for breaking the law and not handing his tax returns over, obstructing justice and lying to the people of the USA. Similarly our Prime Minister on this side of the pond lies and ignores the electorate at her peril.
In the USA members of the House and Senate are sworn in to protect the constitution and uphold the values of that document. That means they should not follow party politics and instead uphold the law of the land. I have seen a lot of Presidents come and go over the years, some great some crooked, the current incumbent is doing everything to further his own aims, increase his wealth and subvert those trying to make him accountable to the normal rank and file of the country.
I follow a lot of people on twitter and on here whose first language is not English, the reason is that peace can only be won if we all, from every nation, say enough is enough and come together. Some of the posts can be translated for me to understand, however, not every language is translated using Google. However, if we are to hold governments accountable we have to work together and have no grounds for not doing so. We can only make changes to the world we are occupying by working together. I am in favour of doing everything we can to help our fellow travellers, that means not remaining silent when our speech can make changes and protect the vulnerable.
I don’t know what has happened to society in recent years when racism, bigotry, misogyny and hatred are running rampant in two of the most powerful countries in the world sponsored by Russian oligarchs and the Russian President. I would like to work with my fellow travellers to ensure that every single person on this planet has the right to life. Saudi Arabia have just executed 37 people who opposed the Saudi royal family on trumped up charges. If we refuse to hold them accountable because they happen to sit on tremendous reserves of oil, the same fuel which is destroying the environment and planet quicker every day.
We have to find a sustainable option to oil and a lot quicker than currently being done so that crimes against humanity are not swept under the table. I am not alone in wanting to find criminals accountable for their crimes. There is no way that any criminal should ever be given a free pass for their crimes no matter what position they hold. Murder is still murder whether it is carried out by Joe Bloggs or the Saudi Prince. Anyone who is found guilty of a crime in a court of law by a jury of their peers has no recourse against that decision without new evidence coming to light. Anyone found guilty of a crime without any trial and a confession extracted by torture should not be taken as truth.
I believe that everyone accused of a crime has the right to a trial unless they plead guilty and the sentence should then fit the crime and the plea. Without the appearance of transparency we have nothing, trials being conducted behind closed doors with no one present but the judge, accused and counsel has no transparency. The condition of the accused is never released either so how do we know he has never been tortured in countries where torture is the norm?