The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Friday, May 29, 2009

A letter from Henry

Yesterday there was an attempted robbery at the AU Bus Terminal. A soldier, who had just bought his ticket, tried to stop the assault. Gun fire killed him and wounded one of the robbers. The soldier’s daughter picked up her father’s gun and shot the other criminal dead. She covered her father’s lifeless body with the blanket she brought for his trip.

The two assailants turned out to be police for the state justice department. Typical! The corrupt people who are hired to protect us are the biggest danger to our life. The police are often just thugs to do our “elected” officials dirty work. Their greed and impunity creates, and protects, criminal activities to rob the citizenry. Since they control the police, and the courts, what can one do?

This is the same department that in the light of day and with an officious face said that the person in the pay of the State, with the gun pointing at Brad Will, didn’t shoot him, but the colleague, by his side, shot him point blank. They hold and collect all the evidence. They make up the story they want and arrest his friend instead of the assassin. There is no punishment for perjury. Usually the person who makes up the best story wins. There is a tremendous advantage when you can create, lose, and change evidence.

Sometimes, I am not too happy with the teachers. Sometimes I question their motives. Sometimes, I reflect on their own internal corruption, but until the government starts working within the laws, this is about the only avenue for bargaining that exists against the omnipotence of government. Citizens must wake up and work together to demand responsible government.

This is why it is important that Obama prosecute all those who broke the law in previous administrations. If we are not a country of laws how can we move forward with respect and honesty? If people can break the law with impunity (especially the justice department), then what can we expect for the future?

Sorry for the soap box. But the photo of this young girl beside her dead father was more powerful indictment of the evils of bad government than the hundreds of teachers in the Zocolo.

How can this be happening and yet Oaxaca such a beautiful place to live?


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