Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
I've got a bridge to sell you!
Society has created structures in which entities “owe no obligation of truth” to large groups of people based on such factors as race, geographical origin, economic status, or the mere fact that they are our “followers.” The entity has no obligation of honesty to anyone except a select few. They may even betray those when there is something else to be gained – the “organized crime” theory of leadership.
Do you really know what is going on in your local government? Mistakes verbally spun with eloquent but confusing double speak. An emphatically stated urgency to make a point to justify an action is never uttered again. The urgency suddenly falls away and is forgotten – no media, no citizen outrage. They get off unscathed and unaccountable.
Tell citizens only what you want them to know. It’s easier that way – the government entity doesn’t have to explain, justify or be accountable when things go awry. Citizens are so use to being lied to they have become immune, they expect it, become cynical and never believe anything the entity says that may indeed be true. It is the “cry wolf” syndrome.
Example – how many times does a spouse have to cheat before you would never trust them again – once, twice, three times? Apply this theory to the “public trust” of your local government.
The “public trust” dissipates with each blow of deception and secrecy. Lies become justified and habitual for them. The result is permanent citizen distrust and outright hostility.
Truth stands as an absolute value, the glue which binds the rulebook. “When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened all things will remain doubtful,” says St. Augustine.
This commentary is dedicated to all the citizens that have been shafted by their local government.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Tags: corruption, FOIA, open_government