After watching the television coverage of the Roman Polanski arrest in Switzerland, I have been amazed by the tolerance the mainline media has shown for the director’s conviction for raping a 13-year-old girl in the U.S. in 1977. It is as if the act and conviction of the ‘great’ director was not really that big of a deal. After all, isn’t it more important that he produced many highly acclaimed films and that he is among the high society elite?
What bothers me most about the whole situation is that any other regular citizen accused of the same action would be characterized as the most vile, foul person on the earth, deserving of being put away for life. It is this hypocrisy and disdain for any semblance for the rule of law that irks me to no end. The Founders of this great nation realized that the rule of law was crucial to the maintenance of the republic. They understood that we would lose our freedom at the very moment we permitted a privileged class to define their own set of rules while imposing a different set of rules upon commoners.