There seems to be a population explosion of folks such as my Facebook friend Dexter Yuen, who sees me and people of my political and societal beliefs as “hating America.”
Nothing could be much wilder conjecture than me of hating the place I chose to live my life after many years living in other countries and sampling what they had to offer.
But a lot of us think America can be improved. We’re the MAJA gang. Make America Just Again. Or maybe even for the first time since the Constitution was written by elite, white, wealthy men.
We’re quite a bit short on racial justice, equal justice for the poor, equal treatment under the law and supervision of local police, the FBI and the CIA.
Then there are some things I’d like to improve and which Dexter Yuen might agree with.
One involves discovery of an ancillary crime while investigating a primary crime. Police go to a house because of a loud disturbance complaint. While checking the place out they come across a stash of drugs. They didn’t have a warrant to search for drugs, so there’s no prosecution. I guess they hand the drugs back to the occupant!
Another involves a current case in Key West. The Coast Guard intercepted a drug boat. How did they know it was there? Ah, the FBI got the info from a source and alerted them. But what wasn’t said was that the info came from a super-secret CIA surveillance system that was being used inside the USA. So under our law, that info being hidden from the defense during trial discovery kills the case against the smugglers.
Something’s not right there.
And then it got worse. The fact that the CIA was illegally doing domestic surveillance of some kind was made public by government employee Mark McConnell. He was then considered a protected whistle-blower. But not really. The CIA and the FBI joined hands in a retaliation campaign that’s made McConnell government-unemployable — a security risk.
So I’d make America better by rewriting law to say some flaw in the investigative process doesn’t negate the fact there there were the drugs. Illegal drugs. Illegal ;possession of the illegal drugs. Who cares who originally tipped off what law agency?And I’d ding any agency for retaliation against a whistle-blower — even though I wish McConnell had not blown the whistle on this one.
These are just two examples. We of a moderately liberal stripe seek to improve this country by all possible and legal means. We don’t hate the place. We don’t even hate our haters.
Imagine what could be done if we all joined up and said “this place badly needs some improvements and we’re going to make them.”
Could Dexter Yuen buy into that?