Government on the Down Low

our
“fair”
process
fails
through
deceit
setups
payoffs
corruption
shot through
with lie
upon
lie
 
the
innocent
railroaded
sent
behind
cold,
unyielding
bars
that
keep out
the truth
 
death row
is how
you’re
sent down
the river
without
a paddle
mostly
forgotten

certainly
our justice
system
works
tirelessly
to make
sure all
is on the
up and up
and not
the down low
 
Ha!
 
I’ve seen the
light
and I’m
going to
shine it bright
on the shameful
conditions
that cage
and murder
the guiltless
 
It cannot be
that there
is this penalty.

Today at dVerse Poets we revisit our friend Anthony Desmond and our prompt is to write on a belief that you once held that has now changed.

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  1. Government is a hard construct to put any belief in. It is all crooked. And justice I don’t think you will find truly on this side of the ever after.

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  2. Alas… but I guess the alternative is even more frightening… maybe we just have to trust in the government… certainly I’m more scared for proposed changes.

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    • My point here was more focused on the death penalty. Innocent people have been put to death because government officials needed to put someone away, even if it wasn’t the guilty party.

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  3. Sometimes what is fair is not and I have read stories where prisoners were wrongfully imprisoned for years. And I have also read that these prison cells are also the source of corruption and shady business. Thanks for hosting Gayle.

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    • Yes, we’ve all heard about those unfortunate ones who were put away for crimes they didn’t commit. There is much corruption inside prisons by prisoners too…it’s a mess. My pleasure, Grace! Thank you for all your tireless service.

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  4. We have had several instances where DNA testing freed long time prisoners. We also had a mentally ill person die and even queries from the Governor gets blocked. It is hard to read of this but, not every one is treated unfairly or cruelly, not every on goes out of their way to be unjust. We just have to find the balance, I think. I have to believe in hope.

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    • Oh yes, there’s been many people freed from prison who were innocent. My belief has changed regarding the death penalty. I used to believe in it until I learned that innocent people have been put to death. We can at least get the death penalty abolished in the U.S.

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  5. Ha government is all a lie… it’s all about money and control. And they have already sunk to the low of the low when any hint of an uprising is in view. Things will only get worse I believe.

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    • True. I’ve never felt as fearful about our government as I do today. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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  6. Sadly governments tend to lie and mislead innocent people who put all their faith into them and such circumstances can be seen just about everywhere. Powerful write, Gayle.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  7. I’ve seen the light
    and I’m going to shine it bright

    In life one has to take a stand. And it is a success if one sees light as the first step. Truly said Gayle!

    Hank

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  8. hypercryptical

     /  July 22, 2016

    Thankfully we don’t have the death penalty in the UK, nevertheless I am sure the system is abused by those who define the law. It would seem all governments are corrupt and indeed government is a corrupting influence of those that enter it with the true intention of honesty and openness.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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  9. I have to wonder how many times we have discovered someone is innocent after they have already died. Look how many cases have been reversed after DNA proved someone not guilty.

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  10. Glenn Buttkus

     /  July 22, 2016

    Everyone in prison, it seems, is “innocent” if you ask them; yet we all know that there are real innocents mixed with the cons & scams. When I think of someone murdering somebody in my family, I get all biblical & shit, wanting to carry out the death penalty myself–but the years/decades men sit on death row filing appeals is the true crime.

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    • I used to feel that way about the death penalty too, Glenn. And I agree about the appeals system that allows criminals seeming endless years postponing their sentence. But when innocent people are sent to prison and to death row…something has got to change.

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  11. It is a scary thing to think of someone innocent wasting away in prison or put to death. There has to be a better way.

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  12. Unfortunately, most systems in most governments are flawed. This one in the US has been seriously flawed for many decades. I try to find the things that are good, in that they do incarcerate dangerous criminals for which there is no other alternative. But I have reservations in general given the large numbers of men and women who are incarcerated and should not have been. My own son was caught up in this system many years ago now and I am only glad that he made it through. A very thoughtful post.

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    • Thanks for sharing, Renee. There are many tragic stories regarding the justice system and the death penalty. I don’t know why we don’t follow the lead of other more progressive countries that have abolished it.

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      • Unfortunately for the US, our governing processes here are always reluctant to follow those things which already apparently work. I have to keep reminding myself that Europe is centuries old and the US just in its’ infancy.

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  13. Your clipped line breaks are extremely effective.

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  14. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  July 23, 2016

    A sad and bitter disillusionment. But one can’t help seeing the obvious.

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  15. Well, where Macbeths breathe and at the helm, there what else to be found but ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’…sigh…Shakespeare surely had the third eye 🙂

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  16. I only know about the death penalty from films and television programmes – it was abolished in the UK in the 1960s. But with the UK leaving and losing the protection of the EU, particularly with regard to human rights, I fear for the future.

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  17. The corruption in politics and in the “justice” system is tidy appalling.

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  18. Capital and Corporal Punishment
    is a slippery slope from
    grade school
    to
    the electric
    chair.. human’s
    problem are they
    wear clothes and
    separate themselves
    from Nature.. Bonobos
    live Violence free and have
    no need for punishment as
    they barter with peace and Love..
    in only giving and sharing..
    Capital
    punishment..
    cutting off hands
    for thievery too.. in
    other countries..
    and paddling
    kids in
    school..
    is simply
    a primate sing of the
    insanity of wearing
    clothes.. but sure..
    there was a Gospel
    titled verse 37 of Thomas
    that spoke to the solution
    for this.. for Peace and Love
    but the reality of Nature is
    humans are not evolved
    to connect to
    more than
    150 to
    200 sets
    of eyes
    in reciprocal
    social communication
    before insanity happens..
    and its true if you domesticate
    Bonobos anywhere close to this
    they will turn into cannibals and
    a primate species that harms
    each other like this
    whether or not
    they eat
    each other
    or not consumes
    each other in harm..
    the reality is humans are
    destroying the balance of nature..
    there is an action and consequence
    of this.. and that my friend is for the
    offending member of God all natural
    to eliminate the problem itself..
    it’s easy to see with
    bigger God eYes..
    it’s just Nature..
    challenge..
    change..
    action..
    consequence..
    or repeat the
    same old
    killing
    shit..
    eitherS in ways
    of capital punishment..
    unwarranted wars and 100K’s
    of innocent folks death.. Island people’s
    destroyed by Nuclear bombs..
    hands chopped off..
    basicAlly..
    God of
    nature says
    get in balance
    or pay the piper
    with misery and
    suffering real..
    Funny how that
    works and so sad too..
    but it is what it is until
    someone changes for the
    better starting always with me..
    so how does one chart a course of
    7 billion human beings back to
    smaller groups of 150 to 200
    humans living peacefully
    together naked
    like the
    Bonobo
    again..
    ironically..
    the answer could
    be a very very painful one
    but that is Karma my friend..
    we all reap what we sow as
    teAM GOD isREAL NOW..
    There is no other answer
    in human terms but
    Hope and
    action..
    step by
    step and
    even word
    by
    word..
    person by
    breath.. noW REAL..:)

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  19. It is so depressing, frustrating, horrible, when we see our organs of goverment, of justice, for what they are. it makes me so angry! Good work…

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  20. It will get even worse now. Well done, Gayle.

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