Burt Prelutsky: Our infantile society

Posted: December 10, 20101:00 am Eastern

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While I acknowledge that there is a world of difference between conspiring to do something and merely considering it, when Ahmed Ghailani was found guilty of conspiring to blow up a government building, I bet there were millions of us who briefly flashed on those occasions when we thought about blowing up courthouses, city halls, DMV offices and the U.S. Senate.

In the wake of the Ghailani debacle with a civilian jury, we were told that even a military tribunal wouldn't have found him guilty on those 284 other charges because "enhanced interrogation" had been used on the main witness. Frankly, that seemed insane to me. No matter what was done to make the witness come clean, what does that have to do with Ghailani's involvement in blowing up American embassies and murdering hundreds of innocent people? It is at such times that I find myself wondering if Shariah law could be any more ludicrous than the legal system we already have.

Is it just me or does all the recent rioting seem even more embarrassing than usual? In England and the U.S., the most disgusting, most privileged generation the world has ever known seems to feel entitled to run wild any time the cost of college tuition is raised. What makes their childish hissy fits all the more reprehensible is that these punks rarely pay their own way. If anyone is going to riot, it should be their parents. But the targets of their outrage should be themselves for having raised these hordes of arrogant, obnoxious louts. And while we're on the subject, it's high time the 26th Amendment was repealed. If 70 is the new 60, and 60 is the new 50, it's fair to say that 18 is the new 8. Giving the vote to a bunch of brats who are still collecting an allowance, thus allowing them to cancel out the votes of their elders, is inane. The sad irony is that the only youngsters who deserve to vote are members of the military, and they're the ones whose ballots are least likely to be counted.

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