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"There is no question that I've done wrong...but I did not break the law..."   ~Edwards

"I lied because I was ashamed of what I had done"did I violate the Constitution of the United States by lying about posting a Twitter post? I certainly don't think so"   ~Weiner

    The world is polarized.   It is impossible to know how many theologians, philosophers, politicians, writers and thinkers of every ilk have spent lifetimes discerning the truth to this universality.   From Buddha to Hermann Hesse people have contemplated the polarity in nature, in people and in more theoretical constructs.   Law is polarized as legal and illegal.   Morality is polarized as right and wrong.   And as Edwards and Weiner proposed, legal and moral are different and yet both might be polarized because of their intimate relationship.

    Though the subject at hand is merely sexual and social, the fact that Edwards would go through such exhaustive efforts and exorbitant amounts of money to hide the affair is much more questionable than the affair itself.   The same goes for Weiner's behavior.   Sending prick pics is embarrassing enough, but lying about sending prick pics is much more embarrassing.  

    Lying, doing wrong and lying about doing wrong is absolutely typical for politicians.   This is how they operate, skidding on the cusp of legal and illegal, moral and immoral.   This brings me to the predicament of many people, as opposed to politicians and in part, thanks to politicians, whose amoral or moral activities have been legislated criminal.   Politicians write laws which make people who are not doing anything wrong and cause no harm into criminals.   And at the same time politicians write laws which essentially decriminalize wrong.

    Take marijuana for example.   The prohibition of the plant funds whole sectors of mafia and builds whole wings of prisons.   The prohibition also eliminates the hemp industry.   Hemp could supply people with food, clothing, shelter, medicine and more, but marijuana is like it and it's psychoactive.   People are permitted to grow poppy flowers, which are very similar to poppy opium is derived from, so similar that some poppy plants will get you high.   And society is still here.   Proof that hemp is not illegal because of marijuana, marijuana is the excuse to ban hemp.   Hemp is a localization tool, while its alternatives are oligarchical and globalize.   I digress.   People who smoke marijuana are not doing anything wrong.   The reason gangsters deal weed is because it is illegal and therefore lucrative.   People are put in a position where they do no wrong, but are in fact made criminal.   Using the plant is not wrong and it's law.

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    Take the nuclear industry for example.   If, and at this rate since there has been two major nuclear accidents since the inception of the nuclear age it is likely more a matter of when there is a nuclear catastrophe in the U.S.A., no one can be held responsible.   Whether the catastrophe is an act of God like a tornado, or an act of negligence, no one can be held responsible.   It's law and it's wrong.

    Politicians lie all the time.   What do they lie about that we don't know about is the question we must ask when lies are exposed.   There are the known lies and the unknown lies of politicians.  

    They lie about what they do and what they know in a unconscious mindset of misdirection.   There are four types of actions relative to moral and legal.   There is the legal and moral.   There is the illegal and moral.   There is the legal and immoral.   And there is the illegal and immoral.  

    Why do so many politicians act in terms that are illegal and/or immoral?   Why do so many laws make moral or amoral acts illegal, like possession of pot or cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes?   Why do they promote and protect immoral activities like nuclear power?   And then make laws to allow them to operate however they want without reprisal?

    The institutionalized operate in the immoral and illegal, and when they are caught explain it was not both wrong and illegal, that it was only one or the other.   The institutionalized set up the status quo so that your average individual is forced into doing illegal and/or perceived wrong.   Crimes that cause no harm to another, like marijuana smoking, are perceived as wrong.   It is not in itself wrong.   While nuclear power is only perceived as amoral or moral, while it is actually detrimental to humanity and has created hundreds of thousands of refugees when used as a tool of peace.

    Our public officials could either be altruistic or egoistic.   And we, the people, could either tolerate or prevent this behavior.   This altruism and egoism is another polarity existent in politics. We live in a culture of misdirection where polarity and duality are confused and not extrapolated.   The more you know the less you tolerate.   Information is power to individuals.   Ignorance is strength to institutions.  

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

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