The Feeling of Futility


Getting some of that “Justice” in Collin County, Texas, under the John R. Roach Regime, and before that under Tom O’Connell can sometimes get a man down. Judge Wooten is saying, “Man?” I don’t want to be, or appear negative, just honest about what’s been happening here. Just know that I’m smiling as I type this out. I can blame it on a lot of things; initially politics comes to mind, but the reality is, that it is deeper than that. One would really have to work very hard on one’s self to find the answer. We can look at a piece of the puzzle though. Most police officers and prosecutors that we produce here in America have a skewed definition of Justice. I say America even though Collin County, Texas is what I really know. The duty “to see that justice is done” means nothing. Put you in the shoes of the types of police officers and prosecutors we produce now.

Look down at your clothing and in the mirror. What do you see? Shiny wingtips, black boots, starched white shirt with your power tie, a face that exudes your almighty judgment. You feel the judgmental attitudes, the pressures, the power (you wouldn’t otherwise get), the political pressure, the lack of love or caring for humans that leads to tunnel vision, etc. Oh…, you might go to church and sit down in a pew, but you aren’t really human. Yes, John Prine has seen it too.

And so, change needs to start at the top. The “Top” is the deeper part of life that each of us needs to find.

Let’s look at the typical prosecutor; as opposed to the good ones back in the day that would do what is right, regardless of the consequences. Anyway, you are not that guy. You are a young man or woman just out of law school. You’re big stuff now. It’s probably your first job and you’ve got school loans to pay. You work for “the man” (it could be “the woman”, but “the man” sounds better). The man (District Attorney) likes his job; he likes his status; and he likes his money. The man knows he has to be a political man to keep the government teat flowing. Everything you do comes from the top, (“the man”), or you get fired. All you know about “justice” is what the man and his other subservient ants have taught you. Sometimes your individual sense of justice bubbles up inside you, but you have to suppress it because the man is evaluating you and you need this job. Now, we get into “slavery”. You are a slave to the job and to the man. Not only do you have a school loan, but you are also now married with kids and on the road to being a career prosecutor. It feels too late to make a change now because the fear of getting off the teat is too great. But, there is one way out. Become a Judge! Freedom at last! No, you are still a slave to our political world. As an aside, who better to judge us? A career prosecutor who “knows the law” and has little, if any, real life experience? That is what, we the people, have allowed it to come to.

Now take a break and come on back for a look at our current Collin County District Attorney, “John R. Roach”. He really wants his first name to be “Judge”. This Man wants everyone to believe that he is the “Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Collin County”. His picture should be in Wikipedia under “Power Hungry Individual”. The definition, in my opinion, would include words like arrogant, narcissistic, and egotistical. He is the opposite of love. Although he is retiring in December 2010, he must really want to go out with a bang. The bang is backfiring on him though and the people are finally seeing him for what he has become. He enjoys using fear to intimidate. He wrongfully targeted and investigated good judges and others, who he does not want in public office. He has wrongfully indicted lawyers in his continued effort to instill fear. You might say, “It is not affecting me…why should I care?” The answer is as simple as a Google search for “Martin Niemollor”. I blame myself and the lawyers before me for not seeing him for what he was when he first came to Collin County, Texas. Politics and public office has no place for the arrogant. Maybe it takes people like Greg Willis, Susanne Wooten, and many others to endure his wrath, to get us to see. Fortunately, these people are strong and would not give into the threats and oppression brought by him and those in his control.

And so, the far right thinking people, who sit right next to you in church, vote. Unreasonable fears about safety, etc. cause them to get radical and multiply like wild feral hogs. Their motivation, although wrong, is as strong as the policeman or judge who will do just about anything to get the power and perceived respect he didn’t get as a child. These types of people know, not what they do. God love them. And the cycle goes on and on. We sit back feeling helpless to change. We see our one vote as meaningless. We keep rolling with the flow, ignoring what we sense deep down in our soul, until they, come for us. By then, it is too late really. We are in our 50’s and 60’s, beat down and tired. We can only wish we could have seen it coming when we were younger. We can only wish we would have had the backbone to stand up. What held us back? I’m guessing that fear is behind the reason.

When we really look at the problem, solving it seems futile. But we do not quit; we do not give up. We keep getting back up and we keep fighting. Where is the top for you?

Despite Roach’s objection, attempted indictment, and the required political games, Greg Willis persevered and will be our District Attorney in January, 2011. Until the next starved politician comes along, the people will be in good hands with Greg at the top of our District Attorney’s Office. I really see the potential for some positive change here. He knows what Justice is and will ensure that his office will see that it is done. I believe that Greg is doing this for reasons that are right and just.

And now it is time to change the name of, what is publicly referred to as, the John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center. Until the name is changed, I will call it the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center. Keep smiling, and loving your neighbor, even when they make it so difficult.

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One Response to “The Feeling of Futility”

  1. Rusty Gunter Says:

    Good words, brother Vitz.

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