I Gather That This Has More To Do With All Things Trump Than About Retributive Justice
An opportunity for imparting ethics surrounding retributive justice was instead ill-advisedly spent on indulging himself on the power of the presidency.
White House chief of staff John Kelly
“Our president said to [Chinese President] Xi, ‘Do you know anything about these knuckleheads that got caught allegedly stealing?’” John Kelly told the New York Times.
“The president was saying, ‘It’s not too serious. We’d love to see this taken care of in an expeditious way.’”
Trump suggests UCLA basketball players released from China owe him thanks
President Trump suggested Wednesday that three UCLA players accused of shoplifting in China owed him public thanks…
Mr Riley said: “I take responsibility for the mistake I have made — shoplifting.
“I know that this goes beyond me letting my school down, but I let the entire country down.”
He added: “To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf.”
Mr Ball said: “I’d like to start off by saying sorry for stealing from the stores in China. I didn’t exercise my best judgement.”
He added: “I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for all the help they provided as well.”
Mr Hill said: “I’m sorry for shoplifting. What I did was stupid. There’s just no other way to put it, and I’m not that type of person.”
“Thank you to the United States government for your efforts to bring us home,” he added, without specifically mentioning the president.
Before I begin I would like to provide some perspective on my thoughts stemming from this sensationalized international incident. As President, to declare in no uncertain terms that these young citizens (in pre-adulthood maturation) should be induced into performing such piety is utterly and unequivocally pretentious. For Trump and company this may serve their egos and confirmation biases well, but for the politicization it exposes, it is certainly a corny way of legitimating his authoritarianism. An opportunity for imparting ethics surrounding retributive justice was instead ill-advisedly spent on indulging himself on the power of the presidency.
Philosophically pondering about when stealing would ever be okay and the appropriate use of retributive justice?
This lapse of judgement is predicated on this rebellious and pointless criminality of sorts with teenage shoplifting, a group-think mentality in this instance which is both discomfiting and disappointing. Shame on them all.
Excitement-seeking, rebelliousness against authority and increased risk-taking are the usual manifestations of the changing adolescent brain. __www.psychcentral.com
The context of my outrage is appropriate without bias and with no hint of schadenfreude for their perceived group affiliations. Any additional explanations for this incidence would be a violation of “Occam’s razor”, and would most likely result in reaching. I am, however, left wondering what would have been the actual charges and what kinds of repercussions were waiting for them in China. I hope the blatant politicization of this incident did not undermine their rule of law. Furthermore there is this matter of ethics, which is always the best lesson to learn.