Will the Zimmerman Prosecutor’s Mediocre Affidavit be Sufficient in a Society That No Longer Demands Excellence?
If these people who have analyzed this affidavit are dead right and if this is the product of abject incompetence — embarrassing incompetence on the part of the prosecutor, Angela Corey — given our culture, given our education system, might a judge look at this prosecutor as a teacher would and say, “Well, you know, she tried”? And go ahead and let it fly? That’s what happens in our schools. That’s what outcome-based education is. If a kid thinks 2 + 2 = 5, it is — with an A for effort — until they figure out that 2 + 2 = 4. And then they argue about that. But what if…? My point is that throughout our culture, excellence is not the objective. Not offending somebody is.
Not hurting somebody’s feelings. Not humiliating them. We are a culture that does this, particularly in our schools. Why, we teach self-esteem! Why, that is the most important thing that we can give our kids: Self-esteem. Now, I don’t know how old Angela Corey is but I’m gonna presume that she’s young enough to have gone through the American public education system in the formative years of her life with conflict resolution as a big course and self-esteem and outcome-based education. I’m just telling you, I won’t be surprised. All these are legal experts with the highest of standards. These are the best in the field. And they, of course, have impeccably high standards.
But we don’t have high standards in our education system. We don’t have high standards. In fact, the more accomplished you are, the more suspect you are. The more successful you are, the bigger target you are. We have been, in our culture, rewarding mediocrity because we feel sorry for it. We have been rewarding averageness, because for so many years the average and the mediocre have been taken advantage of. The average and the mediocre have been taken advantage of and they have been mistreated. They have been humiliated; they’ve been bullied. Their feelings have been hurt. Well, what if we get a judge who doesn’t want to hurt the prosecutor’s feelings?