Rome, Baltimore and the same sex marriage argument

As I have said before, I see connections between things that everyone else sees as disconnected. It is probably a sign of dementia or a mental illness or just plain dumbness. Who knows.

150427212739-ac-beeper-fire-baltimore-riot-00000216-large-169Today, Baltimore burns and the Supreme Court takes up the fractious gay marriage debate. That reminds me of burning, fiddling and the devastation of Rome, circa 64 AD.*rome-burning


*Don’t read into this my legal views on same-sex marriage. While unsophisticated, I am great believer in the idiom “live and let live.” That practice frees a society to concentrate on what is really important.

6 responses

  1. What is happening in Baltimore and before the Supremes are poles of divergent currents in life today. The Supreme Court arguments are about the progress of tolerance and liberation. The riots in Baltimore are the result of our continuing obsession with race, particularly the brutality visited disproportionately on our brothers and sisters who have dark skins.

  2. They are connected.

    I know that Your Eminences don’t understand this because your rights under law haven’t been threatened in recent memory, but our vested rights under law ARE “what is really important.” When we come to your courtrooms, we expect to find shelter from official caprice, but you are often too busy or too biased toward those in power to provide it. We are treated like shit. We are not citizens; we are mere subjects.

    Twice as many Americans (111) were killed or died in police custody in March than in Britain in a century (57). Our cops look more like Imperial Stormtroopers than the bobbies of old. And how many have done the perpwalk? About as many as Wall Street execs and federal judges.

    Baltimore IS our rage. Stupidly expressed in this instance, but true. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Our system is broken. The riot is the scream of the powerless.

  3. “May you live in interesting times.” Getting to that age where I wonder if I’ll live to see the worst of global warming and the unwashed masses rioting in response to the growing gap between multinational serfs or the outright jobless and multinational corporations and the super-rich. Lucky for my curiosity, it looks like things in both spheres are moving faster than anticipated. And on that happy note, have a good day, Judge.

  4. Judge:
    At first, I am tempted to say “no connection at all.” Yet…think of the Fall of Rome itself. I am no scholar in this regard but Imperial Rome’s downfall came about after its government taxed its people into indolence. Gladiatorial combat became the order of the day to keep people occupied and (hopefully) amused. Two millennia later, a great American city burns and people mark the occasion of a man killed in police custody with their own version of gladiatorial combat. Not lions versus Christians but law enforcement versus criminals. And the rest of us? Are we entertained and/or amused? Or are we simply heartbroken at the thought that this incident portends something even uglier for our country yet waiting to be birthed?

  5. I have found that Supreme Court predictions are boring unless there is gambling involved and, as of late if you haven’t noticed, the bookmakers have them pretty well dialed in. So, unless the gambling involves the content of the dissents there isn’t really much entertainment value in their entertaining decisions anymore.

    P.S. Please do share your top ten list of things that are really important for society to concentrate on one of these days. Now that is something I reckon would be pretty fun to place a few wagers on. You are sure to please and disappointment an equally amount of your readers simultaneously so there should be plenty of action at the window.

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