A Moral Sense

by

Daniel McNeet

Good day, good people.

For devotees of the English language: Minatory is an adjective. It means menacing or mean.

“No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” President Theodore Roosevelt 1908 This includes presidents of the United States.

A moral sense consists of the aspects: sympathy, fairness, self-control, duty, and knowing the difference between right and wrong.

Do you want your children to grow up believing and then knowing that breaking laws for which you are not punished is alright? The chief financial officers, CEOs, of banks, financial services companies and Wall Street firms who defrauded their customers have not been criminally prosecuted for their crimes they committed. Why? Because nothing happened to George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s cabal whom went to war illegally in Iraq according to Kofi Annan the former seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. Bush’s and Cheney’s cabal murdered U.S. military personnel, Iraq military personnel and civilians. Your children will believe nothing will happen to them either if they commit a crime. CEOs, Bush, Cheney and the cabal are bad role models — unless you are without a moral sense.

Lying and cheating among high school and college students is on the increase. The reason is: they see people in the government, banks, big corporations, financial services industry and Wall Street who committed crimes, which caused the recession of 2008 and are not punished — bad role models for young people. When a student is caught lying or cheating should their name go onto a Wall of Shame at their school? This is a cultural problem. It is a lack of moral sense and needs to be addressed by parents and teachers.

Money is more important than lives to corporations who intentionally, knowingly, negligently and willfully kill their workers, and they are guilty of homicide. The relationship between corporations and their regulators is corrupt. As a result, the minatory CEOs and inspectors are never prosecuted for their conspiracy to commit homicide and homicide, but just cited and/or fined. Nothing has changed as of this writing. Why?

Why, probably has something to do with the members of Congress and state legislators whom are irresponsible, abdicating their obligations because of the bribes they receive from the corporations, lobbyists and special interests — not disguised as campaign contributions. The members of Congress and legislators were well aware of the abuses and deaths but did nothing because they were owned by the corporations, special interests and/or lobbyists. Jack Abramoff, the former Washington, D.C. lobbyist, once boasted, “I owned one hundred members of Congress.” I wonder who owns them now?

Former United States Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson, said in 2000, “Priority one was production of nuclear weapons . . . [the] last priority was the safety and health of the workers that build these weapons.” Bracket is mine.

During the nineteenth century, the coal mine owners in the United States had a total disregard for the health, lives and welfare of their workers. Safety measures were none existent, because the miners were expendable, and no value was placed on their lives. The owners did not pay them in dollars, but in company script which was only spendable at the company store. The owners overcharged the workers for the food they sold to them. These abuses and a total disregard for the lives of the miners, adults and children, caused the formation of the United Mine Workers of America in 1890. John L. Lewis was one of the leaders and a major factor in forcing safety legislation and improving the miners’ lives.

The following were all workplace explosions. Seven workers died at the Tesoro refinery in Washington, Twenty-nine in Upper Big Branch coal mine owned by Massey Energy in West Virginia, and BP killed eleven on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, all of these within eighteen days.

Regarding the workplace explosions and industrial homicides, Jane F. Barrett, an associate professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, said, “In all of these cases, safety procedures were bypassed or standard operating procedures were ignored due to pressures on plant personnel to save time and/or money.” Nothing has changed as of this writing — why?

CEOs of corporations who put profits before the safety of their employees conspire to engage in homicide and commit homicide also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder — also known as greed. If they were to be prosecuted for their criminal conduct, they might be motivated to put the safety of their workers in first position instead of in no position — death.

The pharmaceutical companies intentionally and illegally sell drugs for purposes which are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration. This is called selling off label. Johnson and Johnson, Amgen, Ortho, Pfizer and others have paid fines in the billions for these violations. But they made ten times the amount in profits. The fines are no deterrent to these people who do not have a moral sense. Procrit and Epo were sold by Amgen, Ortho and Johnson and Johnson off label. Some of the people who took high doses of these products because it was recommended by the companies died as a result of the companies’ violations. But to date no one has been indicted. Why? This corrupt culture proves to young people that it is all right to lie, cheat and kill people with impunity — bad role models. If you wish to read about how bad it really is, please read Blood Feud The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever by Kathleen Sharp.

During the Cheney administration’s reign of fear, like the mine owners, he, Rumsfeld and Bush had a total disregard for the lives of U.S. military personnel, Iraq military personnel and civilians when they decided to go to war in Iraq illegally and not prepared. Why are they not being prosecuted for their crimes?

Should the CEOs of corporations who conspire to commit homicide and homicide be criminally prosecuted for their crimes?

Should Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush and their cabal be prosecuted for homicide? There is no statute of limitations on murder — it is never too late!

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