The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 June 2005

Lady Justice takes a powder

We begin with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Lance Salyer, former prosecutor in Dayton, Ohio, tried his best to live up to that quote:

Sadly, the work of doing Justice sometimes falls into the laps of "timid souls," who not only shrink from the hard and uncertain work of Duty, but have the audacity to wrap themselves up in an air of self-congratulatory smugness at their exercise of "responsible caution." And while the halls of the ivory tower bear witness to the solemn nods of other, like-minded souls with their reinforcing pronouncements of "Yes, it had to be done. Nothing you could do," the Small, the Weak, and the Victimized are left to fight Evil alone. Some fight, too: unfair to start, now Evil has the added upper-hand of having had the Powers That Be tell its Victim in no uncertain terms "You're not worth fighting for." Simply calling it shameful is like describing the Titanic as having had "a problem." I've never been good at understatement.

Here's hoping that Lady Justice hasn't yet left the building in total disgust.

The operative phrase here, unfortunately, is "former prosecutor":

Today I was fired from my job as an assistant prosecutor with the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. The reason? — my opinion as expressed in my blog post immediately preceding this one.

Evidently the souls really resent being referred to as "timid."

And Dawn Eden gets to the heart of the matter:

Simply put, some people don't like working with people who believe there is a real difference between good and evil. Those people don't like the feeling of having their behavior judged — and they feel judged by the mere presence of someone who believes there's right and wrong. To that end, like the vinedressers in Jesus' parable, they believe that by disposing of the person who represents judgment to them, they can dispose of judgment itself.

I'm beginning to think that "responsible caution" may be an oxymoron.

Best of luck, Lance; and if your former employers were chafing before, they're going to be shrieking in pain as the word gets out.

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I was going to post something about Dawn Eden still thinking that Girls in Their Summer Dresses was
a poem, being the inimitable writer that she is,
but I decided not to.

What a joke.

Posted by: buddyhackett at 12:52 PM on 30 June 2005

Lance is an interesting individual and very idealistic ... I find that good in a business that normally sucks such idealism out of attorneys and replaces it with expedient cynicism.

I did however have to choke on his take on fat people ...

http://ragged-edges.blogspot.com/2005/06/self-control-new-chivalry.html

As a person who has a relative with a serious well documented and diagnosed endocrine problem I take exception to his thinking that this is a "control" problem. But he is entitled to his opinion and it was expounded in HIS blog so ... 'nuff said.

Hope it works out Lance.

Posted by: Ron at 4:38 PM on 30 June 2005