Monday, July 11, 2011

Casey Anthony, Miss America

By Alan Caruba

Casey Anthony, the mother of a toddler whose body was stuffed into a bag and tossed into a swamp, will walk free in a day or so. A jury was unable to conclude that the abandoned body, its face covered in duct tape, was murdered. There wasn’t, they insisted, enough “proof” even though the child’s mother did not report her to be either dead or missing, and then lied to family, friends, and law enforcement authorities until the body was recovered.

The case caught the attention of the public because Casey Anthony’s behavior was not just bizarre, it was abhorrent.

The mainstream media has picked the bones of Cayley Anthony clean without telling Americans that the U.S. has the highest rate of child homicide rates, four times as high, as all other Western nations surveyed.

In a March 31, 2000 article, World Net Daily report, Ian Murray, a senior research analyst at the Statistical Assessment Service, a Washington-based non-profit, non-partisan think tank, said “in the rush to reduce America’s high juvenile homicide rates into a gun-control debate, we’re missing the chilling bigger picture of the real and deadly risks our children face, and what it says about our society.”

“For every American child 4 or younger” that is murdered, said Murray, “more than eight others died violently by other means” than guns. They are murdered by blunt objects, strangulation or, most commonly, hands, fists or feet.”

We don’t have a gun problem in America; 80,000,000 Americans own guns. “Even if all the gun homicides were taken out of the equation, America would still have an infant-homicide rate more than 3.5 times as high as the other Western countries”, a phenomenon Murray described as “staggering.”

We live in a society where toddlers are dressed provocatively, adorned with adult makeup, and paraded in contests as objects of desire. We have gone from Shirley Temple to JonBenet Ramsey.

We have gone from a preponderance of traditional two-parent families to a scandal of single-parent “families” and Casey Anthony was just one of many such single mothers. No one knows who the father is.

It is not a stretch to point out that President Obama was the son of a divorced, teen-aged mother, who remarried, divorced again, and abandoned her child to the care of her parents. The President experienced trauma and dislocation throughout all of his formative years. Why should we not conclude that it seriously affected him? To this day, his mother-in-law lives in the White House to provide a measure of care for his two daughters.

Common to both Ms. Anthony and the President is the persistent and blatant telling of lies.

Of the present tragedy and miscarriage of justice, we already know that Casey Anthony has achieved “celebrity” status. We have gone from Hester Prynne of the “Scarlet Letter” to books, made-for-TV movies, and all the other blandishments that will be lavished on this accused and acquitted murderer.

None of this speaks well of our society. Too many toddlers are being murdered by their parents. Too many are being abandoned to the care of their grandparents. Too many are lost in a foster parent system that often leaves them scarred for life.

It does not take much prescience or insight to conclude that Casey Anthony will come to a bad end. It’s just a matter of time.

America is heading in a bad direction, too. Do we have time to turn around a wounded society that allows sexual deviants to parade in our streets and preach their lifestyle in our schoolrooms?

Do we have time to end the practice of same-sex marriages?

Do we have time to put an end to all the calls that any symbol of the Christian and Jewish faiths be removed from public display, any mention of God or any prayer in public meetings be silenced?

The clock is ticking.

© Alan Caruba, 2011

8 comments:

Guy in Ohio said...

We were too preoccupied with our lives to notice the erosion of our Constitution over the past few decades ... and sadly, I see nothing to indicate that we are any less preoccupied now. We're busy sounding the alarm, but the rest of America still appears to be either sleeping, or laughing at us.

Will Harmon said...

The Anthony's are sick and depraved, the entire lot of them. I agree with what Dennis Miller said on O'Reilly the other night; "now all three of them should be waterboarded until one of them explains what really happened".

Desertrat said...

I didn't pay much attention to the Anthony deal. Just another one tragedy among many. As noted, we already have too many. And, odds are, you can find cops who can tell of similar stories.

The sad part to me, as one who has been on three criminal-case juries and was a witness in a murder trial, is that too many people do not seem to understand that there is a great difference between knowing (or believing) something and proving it in a court of law. The jury must draw its conclusion from admissible fact, not from supposition.

Travis sez said...

The same sad OJ reality came through to many of us when this case ended. Our jury system exposed itself miserably again in its failure to connect the dots. Henry Fonda is smiling somewhere, and maybe daughter Hanoy-Jane too. The Trial Court Judge flunked in failing to explain that circumstantial evidence is real without eye-witnesses. Who lied repeatedly? Who partied hearty? Alan Caruba is once again exactly on target.

Guy in Ohio said...

I suppose if I found myself wrongly accused, I'd appreciate the criminal justice system a little more, but it's sure hard to watch someone you know is guilty as sin go free.

My wife recently sat on a murder trial jury. A guy who was embroiled in a domestic disturbance opened fire on the car his girlfriend was riding in, in a crowded nightclub parking lot, with an AK-47, killing the driver. He was set free by a jury that was ready to unanimously convict him, with the exception of one woman, who just happened to be of the same race that he was.

Despite the OVERWHELMING evidence that he was guilty, including eye witnesses and fingerprints, she insisted that there was reasonable doubt because they never actually recovered the weapon. They even found the empty gun case, and a box of ammunition in his trunk, but that wasn't enough for her. She refused to vote "guilty", and a mistrial was declared.

A few months later, we heard that he was found not guilty in a subsequent trial. Apparently, several witnesses had "disappeared" and there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

When our criminal justice system works that way, I have a hard time listening to gun control advocates screaming for tighter restrictions on gun ownership. That guy would have NEVER paid one bit of attention to stricter gun laws. He's still have his AK, we'd be defenseless, and more innocent people would die.

If our criminal justice system can't successfully get violent criminals like that off our streets, then I think we have a right to arm ourselves to the teeth and defend ourselves. Whose country is this anyway?

Gustav said...

Ditto Desertrat.

Hey Travis sez, don't talk to me about O.J. unless you can tell me the name of the two people in his trial who invoked their 5th Amendment rights. And since it appears no one else remembers, the second was Mark Fuhrman, who pleaded the 5th when asked whether he had planted evidence. The trial should have ended right there.

It sucks to see the apparently guilty go free, but I'm pretty sure its worse to have no limits on the government's power to lock us on jail. Get a grip, everyone.

Ronbo said...

The jury system in America is far from perfect - I was found guilty of a crime I didn't commit in 1994 and was sentenced to five years in various federal prisons and three years probation under U.S.C. 871.

The $250,000 fine was not imposed, since my job and property disappeared during the course of the legal process that lasted nearly six months.

I was lucky - I could have been sentenced to life - but the jury did reject U.S.C. 1751 and several others relating to an alleged conspiracy.

My attorney said this was a "compromise" verdict - that the jury was divided and rather be "hung" voted guilty on one charge, which was the "least" severe that they all could "agree on" even if six or seven members disagreed.

One would think that as an ex-con I'd be against the jury system, but I'm very much pro "Law and Order" and only wish more offenders suffered under the iron yoke of the law, especially our current president who seems to be breaking every offense in the federal statute books including treason.

Yes, the jury system is imperfect and innocent people do sometimes suffer long prison and/or death sentences and the guilty often go unpunished; however, what would we replace it with? Trial by combat? Trial by black robed judges only? Trial by revolutionary tribunals accountable only to "The Revolution?"

Of course, everything is for the best, in this, the best of all possible worlds," says former federal prisoner #155016-018 who was released on June 26, 1998 after only two attempts on his life by fellow inmates in the BOP (Bureau of Prisons).

Rich Kozlovich said...

I didn't watch this tragedy for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I find this whole 24/7 coverage by major networks of these kinds of things to be obscene. This is intellectual laziness and a lack of moral clarity on their part as far as I am concerned. There is a whole lot of stuff going on in the world that deserves coverage that isn’t as a result.

AS a resutl I am in no way capable of commenting on the evidence or the events as they unfolded. However, I understand that this jury was sequestered and they may not have had the insights the TV audience had, much the same as in the O.J. trial.

Not having seen this travesty I have to assume the prosecutors simply did a bad job. True, the jury system is such that it can be seriously flawed. It is however...the best system the world has to offer. And no one else has the Urim and Thummim either.