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Why America Is Exceptional

By The Reverend Published: July 13, 2012

I wanted to say something about this story last week.....but the Mittster's been so much fun lately, I didn't get to it.

I know that we are a nation of laws, not men. How do I know this? Because everyone is treated equally before the law in America. I mean, right? We don't call America "exceptional" for no good reason. And one of those "shining city on a hill" examples to other not-exceptional nations is our adherence to a rule of law which is applied to all people equally. Young or old, rich or poor, man or woman.......all U.S. citizens are treated equally before the law.

Take corporations for example. They are people.....according to Mitt Romney and John Roberts. And those people-corporations are not treated any differently before the law than any run-of-the-mill criminal.

In the largest settlement involving a pharmaceutical company, the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressants for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a top diabetes drug, federal prosecutors announced Monday. The agreement also includes civil penalties for improper marketing of a half-dozen other drugs.

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In May, Abbott Laboratories settled for $1.6 billion over its marketing of the antiseizure drug Depakote. And an agreement with Johnson & Johnson that could result in a fine of as much as $2 billion is said to be imminent over its off-label promotion of an antipsychotic drug, Risperdal.

No individuals have been charged in any of the cases.

See? Isn't that how a normal criminal would be treated before the law? I mean....every street criminal that's ever stood before a judge knows that all he has to do is enter into negotiations with a judge, arrive at a "settlement", and pay a fine. Right? I mean, right? Jail time, prison time is out of the question when caught red-handed committing a crime. All criminals just bring their checkbooks.....write the judge a check.....never admit to wrongdoing.....and go about their business. No jail time. Perish the thought.

I know all this because all people are treated equally before the law in the United States. If Glaxo, Abbott and J&J are charged criminally,.....and don't forget, corporations are people.....they need only pay a "settlement" fine, that's it. You see, if our justice system treated corporate personages any different from, you know, actual human beings, then street criminals wouldn't be able to simply write a check to the judge for their second B&E......but I know that those street criminals can just write a check for their continued misdeeds.

Again, I know this because Glaxo, Abbott, and J&J, all corporate personages, were charged criminally for fraud, etc.....and they each one paid a fine, denied any wrongdoing and no actual human saw a jail cell. Because America is the exceptional nation that it is....everyone equal before the law and so forth....then it follows that no burglar, rapist, murderer, or illegal drug dealer should ever have to spend time in prison either. Just enter into "settlements" and write checks.

Wait, what? Who is in all those prisons we have throughout the country then? Wait a minute.....could it be? No, it can't be. I am starting to think that it just might be possible that America actually doesn't treat every person equally before the law. I know.....slippery slope stuff....but real people who committed crimes fill up our prisons and yet corporate personages who commit crimes just write checks and denounce any wrongdoing....so, yes, I think we really do have a double standard when it comes to equality before the law.

But then.....why would America be so exceptional?

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