Saturday, May 14, 2011

He left his cell phone behind!

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for an alleged Sexual Assault.

We may never know what actually happened since so many of these events are murky at best. It is very difficult to judge from the outside. What I do think is that something went on that was not right.

My take on the whole situation, with admittedly very little information, is that in the U.S. we have rules about these things and they are very imperfect. They cast such a wide net that they sometimes pre-judge incorrectly. On the other hand, sometimes they over compensate and catch a big fish.

My students worry all of the time about the demise of the United States. We do things so poorly in so many situations. But I tell them to look at the protections we provide. We pass these laws that protect the small and weak. We actually think it might make a difference against the big and the powerful. The law is so imperfect in this arena and yet we employ laws all of the time to protect the powerless.

In the U.S we foolishly try to use the law. Maybe that is wrong. We use it for good and we use it for ill. We do that all of the time.
Sometimes we get it right.