Whatever it is, I’m against it

I wrote my final exam last night. And that’s it. Finito, I’m done. The only thing left is the ol’ cap and gown commencement on May 10th, and I’ll be there. I missed the ceremony when I did my undergrad; (I was too busy planting trees on the Canadian Shield). This time I’m doing the whole dorky deal.

Three years of college for a Masters degree… what have I learned? I’ll put it this way: Life isn’t fair, justice is blind (and dysfunctional) and cops aren’t all like geniuses on tv.

Ok… you say, I knew that. That’s right.

Here’s what I didn’t know. Though the world might be messed up, do not run afoul of the criminal justice system. Because it is even more messed up. You don’t want to cross the law, there are too many opportunities for you to lose. From law enforcement, to the court system to corrections; they will find more ways to mess you up than you can possibly imagine.

That’s not my vote of non-confidence for their ineptitude. The scary part is the criminal justice system may actually be that way by design. You think I’m fooling? It is in the best interest of the criminal justice working group to mess up “frequent flyers” so that they may never again want to test the system. The old nut that has always been the problem is the lawyers; they are too powerful to allow change and improvements to occur. I suspect the reality is that none of the players want the system to change; least of all the policy makers because they know that a radical improvement would be too costly.

Your proposition may be good,
But let’s have one thing understood,
Whatever it is, I’m against it.
And even when you’ve changed it or condensed it,
I’m against it.

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