Quotes: All Crimes Are Equal
It starts with just a little thing
No one would miss at all.
What possible, perceivable harm can it do
To break just a little law?
— What Harm Can It Do?, from the US Acres episode Wanted: Wade!
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
, James 2:10 (New International Version)
My father says a criminal is a criminal. Davos:
Your father lacks an appreciation of the finer points of bad behavior.
Is there a law against me getting something to eat here? Sheriff Teasle:
Yeah! Me! Rambo:
Why you pushin' me? Teasle: What'd you say? Rambo:
I said why you pushing me? I haven't done anything to you. Teasle:
First of all, you don't ask the questions around here, I
do, understand?! Second, we don't want guys like you in this town—drifters. Next thing we know, we got a whole bunch
of guys like you in this town. THAT'S why!
Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.
The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with His Head!
!' she said, without even looking round.
A crime is a crime. You gotta understand—humans, we all bend the rules a little. Not them. One of them breaks a rule, he's gonna break them all. Defective. They got no concept of being just a little bad.
The sheriff has asked me to read off the punishments for breaking each of her two-hundred and twenty-three laws, but I figured I'd save everyone some time and just say this: DEATH. The punishment for everything is death! So please, keep your head down and be cool!
This is the first execution to be held under the new law passed by the board of legislators that extends capital punishment to traffic offences. Francis Narrows (?) is about to pay the ultimate price for making an illegal left turn. Beside me is Lorraine Newbound, head of the Miami chapter of the League Against Non-Capital Punishment. Now, Ms. Newbound, you are of course in favor of this new law. Ms. Newbound:
Absolutely. I just wish they would go one step further and include non-moving violations. TV announcer:
Parking offences? Ms. Newbound:
Well, a crime is a crime. Why should we pay good money for jails just to keep criminals alive? Death to all crooks! (smiles in joy)
There is no sin greater than another in God's eyes. He sees a lie and a homicide the same way.
Most offenses are punishable by death
because the lesser ones deserve it and I have no greater punishment for the more important ones.
, ancient Athenian
legislator (who is the source of the adjective "draconian," by the way)
It is a melancholy truth, that among the variety of actions which men are daily liable to commit, no less than a hundred and sixty have been declared by Act of Parliament to be felonious without benefit of clergy; or, in other words, to be worthy of instant death.
—William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England
Looking at the recent slew a racially-charged murder cases, being a black American starts to feel like you're a Game of Thrones
character — expendable.
Is it acceptable to shoot blacks for playing loud music or walking home in a hoodie? What about knocking on a door for help in a predominantly white neighborhood?
America now has about 150 SWAT raids every day, and most of them are for non-violent crimes like drug possession....crazy over-the-top SWAT tactics hurt people. They hurt small
people. In April, a SWAT team badly burned a toddler when they dropped a flash grenade into his crib while searching for a relative they thought might be carrying drugs. And in 2010, a SWAT team shot and killed a 7-year-old girl when they accidentally raided the wrong house. Even when innocent humans don't die, it's common for police in these raids to shoot pet dogs on sight. All this is a pretty high price to pay for the 'those bullets would have just sat around and gone to waste' defense.
Everyone knows that soldiers in wars often dehumanize their enemies. It's what happens when you're trained to see every person as a potential enemy... In war, this is probably inevitable. But when cops are dehumanizing their own communities — when they're interacting with the people they're meant to serve and protect from inside armored vehicles and at the other end of machine guns — things get really fucked up.