Um, Wow October 27, 2016Posted by Sobek in News.
That’s pretty crazy, because a) they did it, and b) everyone saw them do it, because c) it was broadcast all over the country. So my take on the whole thing is that the jury basically wanted to say “Screw you” to the federal government. I don’t see any other angle.
In part, that’s because other proposed angles make no sense to me. “White guys can do what they want with impunity!” Well no, and that argument is especially weak when you compare the number of Occupy Wall Street types who were prosecuted for, um, occupying Wall Street: zero.
The other complaint I’ve seen is that the white guys got off while the Indians in North Dakota are getting prosecuted. But some of those ND protestors are white, so the racism angle doesn’t work, and they’re also on private land, so that comparison doesn’t work.
Another important difference is that this verdict is a decision by citizens. The decisions not to prosecute the Occu-poopers and to arrest the ND protestors were by government officials .
So as I said, I think this is more about anger at the feds than anything. The government has destroyed the confidence of its citizens. We’ll see how that works out.