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SST Editor Jonno Millne can’t stand it either
When Clayton Weatherston sat straight-backed and straight-faced in the High Court in Dunedin, and argued he should be acquitted of murder because his girlfriend Sophie Elliott “provoked” him into stabbing her 216 times, a nation gagged.
His actions were provoked by “the emotional pain that she has caused me over the past year”, he whimpered, pathetically unable to take responsibility for his own actions. […]
Provocation was only ever a partial defence, based on the rationale that an assailant’s judgement might be so impaired by the victim’s actions that the attacker could not form an intent to kill. It was abolished only seven years ago, yet already it seems as anachronistic and ludicrous as the days when one could get off dangerous driving charges by arguing you were drunk and couldn’t be held responsible.
This year, 2016, provocation was no longer a defence available to Tania Shailer and David Haerewa as they tried to wriggle out of responsibility for the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri in Rotorua. Instead, they were able to get the Solicitor-General to downgrade their charges from murder to manslaughter by persuading her she didn’t have the requisite proof that the prolonged beatings they dealt out to the small boy were administered with the intent of killing him. Yes, they hit, kicked, threw, bit, stomped and smothered the boy’s tiny body over days, probably weeks, but they never meant him to die, they insisted. Read more »
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, ‘cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: “PRESIDENT TRUMP.”
Never in my life have I wanted to be proven wrong more than I do right now.
I can see what you’re doing right now. You’re shaking your head wildly – “No, Mike, this won’t happen!” Unfortunately, you are living in a bubble that comes with an adjoining echo chamber where you and your friends are convinced the American people are not going to elect an idiot for president. You alternate between being appalled at him and laughing at him because of his latest crazy comment or his embarrassingly narcissistic stance on everything because everything is about him. And then you listen to Hillary and you behold our very first female president, someone the world respects, someone who is whip-smart and cares about kids, who will continue the Obama legacy because that is what the American people clearly want! Yes! Four more years of this!
You need to exit that bubble right now. You need to stop living in denial and face the truth which you know deep down is very, very real. Trying to soothe yourself with the facts – “77% of the electorate are women, people of color, young adults under 35 and Trump cant win a majority of any of them!” – or logic – “people aren’t going to vote for a buffoon or against their own best interests!” – is your brain’s way of trying to protect you from trauma. Like when you hear a loud noise on the street and you think, “oh, a tire just blew out,” or, “wow, who’s playing with firecrackers?” because you don’t want to think you just heard someone being shot with a gun. It’s the same reason why all the initial news and eyewitness reports on 9/11 said “a small plane accidentally flew into the World Trade Center.” We want to – we need to – hope for the best because, frankly, life is already a shit show and it’s hard enough struggling to get by from paycheck to paycheck. We can’t handle much more bad news. So our mental state goes to default when something scary is actually, truly happening. The first people plowed down by the truck in Nice spent their final moments on earth waving at the driver whom they thought had simply lost control of his truck, trying to tell him that he jumped the curb: “Watch out!,” they shouted. “There are people on the sidewalk!”
Well, folks, this isn’t an accident. It is happening. And if you believe Hillary Clinton is going to beat Trump with facts and smarts and logic, then you obviously missed the past year of 56 primaries and caucuses where 16 Republican candidates tried that and every kitchen sink they could throw at Trump and nothing could stop his juggernaut. As of today, as things stand now, I believe this is going to happen – and in order to deal with it, I need you first to acknowledge it, and then maybe, just maybe, we can find a way out of the mess we’re in.
It is indeed remarkable Trump has made it this far. The Republican Party wouldn’t allow it to happen. At first they thought he’d self eliminate, and then by the time they realised they were not in control, it was too late. One way or another, Trump has outmaneuvered them all. And he is likely to do the same with Clinton. Read more »