"I believe justice has been done today. I can't tell you how good it feels."
"I'm trembling, this is so important."
"It's vindication day."
And, far and away, my favorite:
"This proves that justice can prevail in America."
What could have possibly had this sort of restorative effect on people's faith in the system? Was this about the Downing Street memo(s) finally getting the attention the deserve? Holding accountable the abusive servicepeople that gave our armed forces a bad name? One of the precious few states that care more for committed relationships than their gender makeup?
The event that had one observer "feeling like (he) was reborn:"
Michael Jackson's acquittal.
Yes, for some, a multi-millionaire's acquittal is the barometer of the health of the American judicial system. CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times,...hell, even the Moonies' Washington Times has this crap as top headline above the (virtual) fold. At least Google news has this filed away two-thirds of the way where it belongs: in entertainment news, lest we forget why anyone knows this strange, strange man in the first place. He entertains people. Or at least he used to.
He's neither a leader of men, nor a healer of the sick, nor a champion of the powerless.
He sings and dances. That's it.
To be sure, he's certainly donated time and money to worthy causes over the years. But that's not why people flew here from Iceland, France, Germany and god knows how many other countries. They came here in thrall of his celebrity, not his good deeds, and are now celebrating as if something important has been won.
Oh well, Chris Rock is still waiting for his O.J. prize; I figure these folks' MJ prize will be similarly tardy in its arrival.
I think I hear another glass of jesus juice calling my name...