For example if you were distracted and did not notice you were entering an on-ramp instead of an off-ramp at high speed, you are guilty.
For example, a democracy descending into an autocracy is foreseeable, and failure to see it coming is no excuse (your democracy will be taken away from you because of your failure to foresee):
"Nearly a year and a half later, surprisingly few understand what January 6 was all about.
January 6 was never about a stolen election or even about actual voting fraud. It was always and only about an election that Trump lost fair and square, under legislatively promulgated election rules in a handful of swing states that he and other Republicans contend were unlawfully changed by state election officials and state courts to expand the right and opportunity to vote, largely in response to the Covid pandemic.
(CNN ... blueprint to steal the 2024 election, emphasis added). The federal judge who wrote that article (J. Michael Luttig, a republican appointed by Bush II), had more to say about it in that same CNN article:
(ibid, emphasis added). As regular readers know, Dredd Blog saw this type of thing approaching as far back as 2009, and has posted about it several times (Here Come De Conservative Judges, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; A Tale of Coup Cities, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; When Accountability Is A Plague, 2, 3, 4).
We are here at the same place all civilizations before us were:
"Toynbee wrote volumes about two dozen or so civilizations that we only
think about when we are in a history class or a library, however, unlike
us he didn't just skim the surface, no, he followed ugly all the way to the bone:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."
That is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as a world famous encyclopedia points out:
"In the Study Toynbee examined the rise and fall of 26 civilizations in the course of human history, and he concluded that they rose by responding successfully to challenges under the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority.
III. Closing Comments
We have to not only read and heed history, we must also read and heed herstory (Dido).
The previous post in this series is here.