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Bob Wire “The Law is to Blame.”

It has been said that Solomon of old once remarked: “there was nothing new under the sun.” Bob Dylan said: “If there is an original thought out there I could use it right now.” What does that mean to ole’ Bob Wire and the little tome that lays ahead you ask? Well what it means is: it means that ole Bob is beating a drum that has long been beaten before him. It may be a drum that has never been beaten at Maine Correctional Center (MCC;) that I do not know; but it cewrtainly has been a drum beaten throughout the annals of history. It has been a  drum beaten by the wise and simple alike. It has rolled off the drums of philosophers and philosophies as it has been pounded out on the drums of religion and of religious zealots. It is a question that is at the very foundation of civilization and of civil nations. It is at the forefront of the multi-billion spending in near police states both in the East and West. The question is: What constitutes crime?

One can only guess what finalizing an answer to that question in some universal code could mean to the entire world. Religions (or many, many religions) argue that law is absolute; that is the God of the religion has dicated to mankind the does and don’ts of the nation. The law in such systems are suppose to be even handed and effect all peoples of all nations for all times exactly the same. In short this is to say that the “law” is universal. The problem with this logic is obvious so I will be brief: 1. Prove your God said it! 2. My God says something different! The fact that supposed universal laws (principles) may claim to be law for everyone, they still are in the final analysis nothing more than “do this, don’t do that” laws that single out what is good or bad. It the case of “universal law” the god, a god or the gods tell us what is good and what is bad (look but don’t touch, smell, but don’t taste…)

Some of you may be wondering where all this is going, where this is going to end, because it sure as hell does not have the beat of a Bob Wire blog. Well, this is where I am going with this: Here at MCC there are a sizable number of CO’s who show utter distain to inmates, for the fact that they have committed crimes. There is an air here that hangs off of certain CO’s, that smell of the dislike the CO has for the inmates, ans I do not solely mean sex offenders; I mean the general inmate population. In the worldview of this CO type; they the CO’s are the holy ones and the inmates criminal scum.

Let old Bobby Boy spell it out for those CO’s who think their shit don’t stink and inmates are criminal scum. Inmates are here because people, groups of people, city, county, state, and federal governments have deemed an act (any act) illegal. That’s it, bottom line…

We here in the Christianized West don’t live under any theocratic laws. No, we live under the arbitrary and inconsistent laws of lawmakers whose only job is to sit on their asses and decide what is right and what is wrong. Let me spell it out for you a bit clearer (sorry if this sounds like shouting,) inmates are here at MCC, they are in the Maine DOC, they are in county jails and federal jails all over our nation not because of what they have done but because of an arbitrary and inconsistent law made-up by the powers that be. In case I did not make it clear enough, inmates here at MCC because of LAW, because of LAWS, they are here by the hundreds because of a law not because of an action of the inmate.

WOE TRIGGER! PULL BACK ON THE RIENS BOBBY BOY! ARE YOU SUGGESTING THAT WHAT MAKES CRIMINALS CRIMINALS IS NOT THEIR ACTIONS…? Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. The Bristish comedy troop Monty Python may have said it best: “ The only way, the only way to bring the crime rate down is to reduce the number of offenses.” You see, as crazy as it may sound, all laws (no exception) are just made up by men. They may believe the laws are in the best interest of society, but the bottom line is and will always be that laws are the concoctions of arbitrary and inconsistent lawmakers. It is my belief that CO’s that look down on inmates are just shit-bags. It is also my belief that CO’s and everyone else in society are just one more law away from being in prison themselves. The United States, “that land of the free, home of the brave” place HAS THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF INMATES PER-CAPITA THAN ANY NATION ON EARTH… Hello!!! We are not the free; the inmates here who look down on inmates as trash and useless scum are only one tiny law away from possibly being that trash and scum they so despise.

End Note: I will (some day soon I hope) follow up on this notion of mine and to further discuss my basic premise in more depth. Also, I would like to explore the notion or idea of a corrections/prison free nation… Don’t laugh, it has been done before, and in a country one might not expect, and recorded in a  book that promotes universal principles of laws. That’s funny but I think there is a guy named Solomon in that book; There is nothing new under the sun after all.

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Bob Wire “Inmate Union”

I know that I complain a lot about life here at MCC and the fact of the matter is there is much to complain about. It does not take long for a host of issues to come flooding to the fore of my mind including things such as the piss-poor medical care and staff. The constant jerking of the inmate chain by CO’s for their humor comes to mind as well. The thing is this: I really don’t give a rats-ass myself about much that goes on around here.

It may come as a surprise that I am not a complainer by nature; I am not. What I have here, what I do here is bring the voice of the inmates (and others; including dirty laundry) to a blogging audience and presence. I am for good and bad, really nothing more than an ear. I listen to what is being said about campus. I listen to the inmates bitch and moan. I listen to the CO’s piss and moan. I listen to everything I can possibly listen to then turn in into a short blog; hopefullly with a witty and cutting edge.

So here comes one little piece of listening; with comment of course!

The other day at chow; I overheard a few guys bitching about the prospect that they may get stripped searched everytime when leaving an industry job (in this case the wood shop) including strip searches before lunches. To say these men were less than happy campers is an understatement. The thing is: these men were inclined to bitch as opposed to act. One thing that is perfectly clear  to me is how much un-tapped power inmates have over the system. Too power to affect change here at MCC by the inmates is never used. It is not used because the Inmates (as I see it)are too god-damned busy using all their energy and resources eating their own. I am not a career criminal and am not fully aware of all the rules of “inmatehood;” but it seems to me that if the inmates turned their focus on the system rather than each other change would come howbeit slowly. Inmates here, and I suspect across our nation are so worried about the skinner or ripper, or the guy who cuts in line at chow; the guy who got the bigger piece; the guy who does’t look right; the guy who doesn’t shower everyday, they have no energy left or desire left to affect change. They would rather piss and moan just as I am doing now.

But, I have an idea though:

I think if the inmates stood up and said we don’t want to be stripped search 2 or 3 times a day and walked off the job… Done…! FINISHED…! Things would change! If all the inmates walked out of all the industries jobs that cash cow would dry up over night. If all the inmates supported those in the industries by walking away from their jobs in the kitchen or pods things would change even if the inmates went hungry for a few days… I the fore mentioned, men walked away from the work crews? What if they walked away from the school syste? What if they just said in one big 600-700 man voice; “We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore?” What if they said this across the coreec tions nation?

In my opinion inmates need a loose-knit trade union, just like the CO’s and other have. I think they need men chosen from amongst themselves to represent them, just like the CO’ and others have. The inmates have the numbers, they could hve the voice too if they wanted it… They just have to stop eating their own long enough to see if they wanted to, change could come to MCC and to like institutions across the nation.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear, I am not advocating this position amongst the inmates (but I will write about it;) the inmates need to wake up and see this on their own…

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