The other day I lashed out at another blogger when I probly should have just zipped my lip. I agree with 95~97% of what the man says - but the remaining percentage of what I see in the man leaves me wanting loosen my pistol in its holster. He says he is not defending the drug and sex culture in that crowd - but he is. We have laws to protect vulnerable underage girls from sexual predators. Where were your parents, Kim, and why should you get a free pass to prey on them? Because you were a musician? I've always suspected him of having an inner psychopath because he'd have no idea what I am talking about. Kim is one of those odd men where I approve of the message but strongly disapprove of the man. I probably shouldn't have left the comment there.
My bible studies continue apace. I finished up Numbers in the old testament and was having trouble digesting what I was reading. One thing that leaped out at me on this first pass was that our Maker is a completely ruthless, remorseless judge, jury and executioner in those passages. The story line so far is always the same. Paraphrased: "This is my hot button, people! If you push this button, I will do horrible things to you. Don't push this button because you will regret it. If you push this button, the same thing will happen to you that happened to the last 10 idiots that pressed it....". And of course the dummies push the button and the cycle repeats. There is no mercy for the deliberate, determined sinner. The law is the law, you do the crime, you do the time - assuming that's an option of course.
So I read all this and the rotten wood started smouldering. Back in the 80's the last of the German war criminals were still being caught and rounded up. I remember the Israelis got one in South America and had him in court for the cameras after decades of being on the run. The man was a geriatric, doddering old sot with coke bottle glasses and hearing aids. People had to translate and repeat the doings of the court to him because half the time he didn't understand what was being said. He fell asleep several times. I can't remember the outcome of that one - I think they sent him to prison. He was an SS officer in one of the death camps, if I recall. As a young man that perplexed me.
What do you get out of punishing a man who is in his mid 80's? The old fool probably forgot where and who he was half the time. Isn't some kind of mercy warranted...? I could understand the hate and wrath of the victims too, though. Showing mercy to the old boy would be a traumatic slap in the face for them. As a young man I just shrugged and said to hell with it - it wasn't my problem, thankfully.
Maybe that is why these early chapters of the old testament were written the way they were? Look what we have today: rules for some people, and rules for others. Everybody is just okay with it too, as long as they are the ones getting away with it. du Toit thinks rock stars and roadies should be able to pump and dump your daughters if you lose control of them. Bill Cosby goes to jail for raping women 100 years ago, and Bill Clinton laughs. Bill Kavanaugh was nearly ruined by a woman making false accusations and she got away with it scot free. That probably encouraged that niggered homo to fake is own beating - and two innocent white guys would probably gone to the slam had his plan succeeded. But we all know he won't face any punishment for what he did either.
When you start making exceptions to the law, everyone is going to want to be exempted. When everyone sees that playing by the rules is a sucker's game, they will stop playing by the rules too. Then you end up where we are now - with a legal system that is profitable as hell for the hucksters, and it gets used a political weapon against the citizens it was made to protect. You can't run a country or a community this way. Without meaningful laws - even guys like du Toit and I - who agree on just about everything - can become deadly enemies. The law has to work, and everyone has to see that it works. Not only that, they have to see that it works the same for them as it does for everyone else or you end up with a country like Haiti or Venezuela.
But all that rot is big brain stuff that I don't have the intellect to deal with. When the law of the land fails we make our own laws I guess. So, men like du Toit will keep their hands where I can see 'em, not make any sudden moves, keep their noses clean and their fly zipped - and they can pass peaceably through my neck of the woods - but they can't stay, I'm afraid.
Have a good Saturday - and as usual, if I've misunderstood anything here, feel free to set me straight in the comments.