Recently, one of our city councillors was involved in an automobile accident in which alcohol played a role. Police seized the person’s car and driving rights, placed a charge of impaired driving against them, then let the public loose.
Over here in Canada, you are presumed to be innocent until the evidence is presented, and a judge has the final say. Unfortunately that day might not come for months, if ever.
That hasn’t stopped ordinary people from trampling on this person’s rights, most don’t realize that’s what they are doing.
In a situation like this there are many opinions which are being aired publicly to anyone who wants to listen.
Many believe this person used poor judgement by getting behind the wheel after drinking. If they were found to have been under a considerable amount of alcohol while operating a vehicle then the criticism will be vindicated; the problem is that this fact has yet to be acclaimed with the presentation of evidence, but in the minds of many is it assumed.
Assumptions are a means to deny someone their liberties as free men and women; just ask the folks who read this blog from nearly every war-torn country on Earth.
Many believe this person has a drinking problem because they might have personal experience with alcohol problems, or may know others arrested for drinking and driving who are habitual offenders. Alcoholism is a disease not to be trifled with; and yet many have bestowed this label upon this public figure with out ever knowing anything about the person’s personal life.
This council person has been involved with various community organizations over the past decade, and most realize how much of an asset they have played in the various parts of society that many others don’t even think about, and take for granted. This elected official does an upstanding job for the community for an appalling salary and yet, with the way human beings think, not everyone considers this.
Many have been waiting for this individual to fall from society’s graces; this has become the perfect opportunity to lash out and show them for what they truly are; a flawed human being, just like the rest of us.
This person was in an accident, with a reputation is on the line, and a future in politics in question. As an individual who’s life has been turned upside down, by their own devices or through others, one has a lot to think about beyond getting lynched by a mob.
People need time to sort their lives out when a tragedy occurs; this is no different.
The Occupy Movement focuses on the financial practices, as well as the democratic injustices that hinder the productive efforts of society. Part of this awareness is to recognize when the liberties of an individual are being constricted or denied; this is a situation where the authoritarians of civilization are not at fault; it is injustice prevailing by the hands of the ’99 percent,’ themselves.
Society needs an upgrade; and a lesson in upholding each other’s rights until all the facts are in.