More Cosmetics Than Reality

No single elected official has the power to change the system. The system is, in fact, largely unelected and unappointed. The bureaucracies are massive. The cumulative regulations and legislation that empowers them are monumentally complex, impossible for any single mind or any one generation to comprehend. The process of reform is messy, structured so that the special interests with the most lose get decide where it goes. It is highly unlikely that this process will result in an overall net good for the cause of human liberty. This is why there seems to be so little relationship between promised results and actual results. We do well to keep in mind that politics is more about cosmetics than reality.

Also, someone inside the system has little chance of changing it. A well-established tradition of merit rating becomes the current system’s most valuable weapon for its own survival. People who attempt to change the system (for the better) have no chance of recognition. (N. Logothetis)

Choose Your Side

The top 10 daily newspapers in the US and how they report the shooting of Walter Lamer Scott by a South Carolina police officer on April, 2015. Just the first paragraph:
1. USA TodayA white police officer was charged with shooting and killing an apparently unarmed black man during a traffic stop after a video of the confrontation surfaced.
2. The Wall Street Journal –white police officer who shot a black man in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder Tuesday after law enforcement reviewed a video taken by a bystander.
3. The New York Timeswhite police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
4. The Orange County RegisterDramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
5. Los Angeles TimesA South Carolina police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man after authorities obtained a video that showed him unleash a volley of gunfire while the victim ran away, officials said.
6. San Jose Mercury NewsDramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
7. New York Postwhite South Carolina cop was charged with murder Tuesday ­after a shocking video showed him shooting a black man in the back as the unarmed victim ran from him, authorities said.
8. Daily Newswhite cop in South Carolina was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours after a cell phone video revealed he shot a fleeing black man in the back during a routine traffic stop, contradicting an account he gave of the Saturday shooting.
9. NewsdayDramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
10. The Washington Post  – white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder Tuesday after shooting and killing a black man following a routine traffic stop over the weekend.