The Collapse in the Rule of Law – What is Wrong With Government?
by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics
The collapse in the rule of law is so vital for sustaining the economy that it is often overlooked. The issue of “Clinton Cash”, combined with the FBI’s new scandal of outright murdering people using false evidence, is indicative of how empires, nations, and city-states die. Hillary knows that no matter what she does, she will NEVER be held accountable. With the outright criminal activity she has engaged in, any one of us would be serving 20 years in prison. These facts are simply true – not a political spin. She is not alone, all those in government, with few exceptions, look upon us as not merely the great unwashed, but outright stupid fools. Those in MSNBC will spin this as just Republicans bashing Hillary. She can do no wrong – EVER. Then you will have FOX taking the opposite view. But between the two extremes lies the sad truth: they can, and do, get away with murder and theft, for ONLY government can criminally prosecute – we have no right to justice.
It certainly appears that we are complacent as a society and as such, we never act until it is too late. Then everything falls apart and we call that revolution. Government is not a fool. Even in Europe, there are military groups forming to deal with protesters, and it appears they are smart enough in Brussels to make sure that they do not use “police” from their own native region. If you have a rebellion in Germany, it is best to have someone from somewhere else to crack skulls. Yet even then, the mentality of the police in Europe is curiously anti-public as we are seeing in the United States. This begs the question – Does history produce the type of people that make conflict on each side at the right time?
The latest scandal was revealed by the Washington Post, stating that the Justice Department and FBI have officially acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave false testimony in virtually every trial in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants for more than a two decades before 2000. They even knowingly executed people using faulty evidence. Alan Dershwitz wrote a book “America on Trial” which he went over famous cases they government faked and wrongfully executed people they knew were innocent.
Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95% of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, who are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.
The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Out of those 32 defendants, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups proclaimed under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
The very strange aspect of this is just WHY do people in government abuse their power to hurt and even kill citizens? There is nothing more damaging to the viability of a nation than the collapse in the rule of law. Without the rule of law, nothing else can exist from human rights to property. It is the collapse of the rule of law that produces conflict, and this is what is emerging everywhere. In Europe, it is the suppression of all democratic means to vote. The people voted in Greece, yet the new government was told by Brussels that they did not care what the people voted; they still had to honor the agreements of the previous government. The people mean nothing anymore.
Governments everywhere have lost their way. They assume that they are the nation, and forget the sovereign of a nation is the people – not government. The power has gone to their heads and this is the danger that we face on the horizon. How is this going to be resolved? Unfortunately, it appears to be rising tensions into 2017, both on the civil side and when the people turn against their government everywhere, that is when the risk of international war will rise for they will need the distraction to retain power.
Can we ever break free from this same cycle that repeats time and time again? That is hard to say. Yes, I can see how we could do so, but are we capable as a society of taking that one small step for humankind and learn from history just once? That is the question.