Friday, February 19, 2016

The Two Party State Citizen's Dilemna

Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of communicating with the other. The prosecutors lack sufficient evidence to convict the pair on the principal charge. They hope to get both sentenced to a year in prison on a lesser charge. Simultaneously, the prosecutors offer each prisoner a bargain. Each prisoner is given the opportunity either to: betray the other by testifying that the other committed the crime, or to cooperate with the other by remaining silent. The offer is:
If A and B each betray the other, each of them serves 2 years in prison
If A betrays B but B remains silent, A will be set free and B will serve 3 years in prison (and vice versa)
If A and B both remain silent, both of them will only serve 1 year in prison (on the lesser charge)

6 comments:

FreeThinke said...

Another evocation of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party in American Jurisimpridence!

Or is this on fact the sick joke it appears to be?

Again and again and again Charles Dicken's had it right when one of his characters –– the Beadle in Oliver Twist, if memory serves me –– said, "If that be the Law, then the Law is a' ASS!"

FreeThinke said...

AN OMINOUS SIGN from WASHINGTON'S THEATER of the ABSURD

U.S. High Court Rejects Republicans on North Carolina Voting Map

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for a new congressional voting map in North Carolina this year, rejecting a Republican bid to reinstate district lines thrown out by a lower court.

The order was one of the high court’s first since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It came without published dissent
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A three-judge panel said Feb. 5 that the original map, drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, unconstitutionally packed too many black voters into two overwhelmingly Democratic districts. The panel gave the state until Feb. 19 to put a new map in place.

In asking the Supreme Court to block the lower-court order, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said it would disrupt the scheduled March 15 congressional and presidential primaries. McCrory said election officials had already distributed thousands of absentee ballots and hundreds of those ballots had been returned with votes.

Democrats now hold just three of North Carolina’s 13 U.S. House districts, including seats occupied by Representatives G.K. Butterfield and Alma Adams, both of whom are black.

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-02-20/u-s-high-court-rejects-republicans-on-north-carolina-voting-map

Since when is SCRUUS empowered to interfere in matters of STATE politics?

We appear to abandoned MAJORITY RULE in favor of LET SCOTUS DECIDE OUR FATE.

In that case why bother to have elections at all? These SOCTUS interventions have rendered the electoral process and all the attendant, high-priced ballyhoo moot.

-FJ said...

All Republicans in Maryland are packed into a single district. Gerrymandering seems to be an exclusively Democrat prerogative...

FreeThinke said...

Here's an idea:

Obviously democracy doesn't work anymore, so let's redesign the system. Eliminate the president, eliminate the congress. Keep only the Supreme Court, and let them elect a Head Arbiter who decides what problems are important enough to warrant national consideration. Let the Arbiter-in-Chief announce the Issue of the Week one day a week on every radio station and every TV Channel, every hour on the hour.

Then let each issue be decided strictly by PLEBISCITE.

Anyone who doesn't like it, and refuses to cooperate gets a one-way ticket our of the country to God Knows Where.

Could it be any worse than the Tragic Farce that rules us now?

I also think we ought reinstitute the old idea of maintaining PENAL COLONIES. The South Pole, the North Pole and possibly the northernmost area of Baffin Island might make potentially good areas for this purpose.

At least it might make a good start, n'est-ce-pas? <):-x

Joe Conservative said...

It can get a LOT worse. Venezuela comes to mind.

Remember Madison's Memorial & Remonstrance. The "people" can be a more oppressive dictator than ANY single King.

Gert said...

Anyone who doesn't like it, and refuses to cooperate gets a one-way ticket our of the country to God Knows Where.

Yeah, create another massive refugee crisis, why don't you?