Are you guilty by association?

My Mother used to tell us as children…”It is the same old world.” My sister just related to me the other day that (she thought it was because she was so young the first time she heard it) that she never really understood that saying. Well not until the day that she was in a church that her and her husband had attended. The Pastor stood in front of the congregation and made the statement, “It is the same old sin.” Well it was like a huge revelation to her that day. She understood that, even when our Mom was young, she was still tempted by the sins of the flesh. She was only a regular mortal. But those sins are the ones that you have to be on guard for. Satan will take a microscopic bit of the truth and lead you astray, the whole time with you thinking that it was the whole truth. By the time most of us figure it out, we are in deep trouble and are going to need help to remove ourselves from that situation. The people of today are all looking for something to grab onto. Something solid that they can depend on. Sadly it is usually the peers that are looking for the lost and innocent. The younger generation of today all feel 6ft tall and bullet proof. They have convinced themselves that as long as they are not taking part in the “Bad” things that they will not be lumped in with the “Bad” people.
This is where the title of this post comes in. You may NOT be doing a thing, but if the vehicle that you are riding in, contains alcohol, drugs or guns. YOU ARE GOING TO BE AS GUILTY AS THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ILLEGAL THINGS FOUND IN THAT VEHICLE. Quite a few number of years ago I was working in a truck stop. (This was during the time of darkness after I escaped my first marriage). I also cleaned the house of the couple that owned the truck stop. I am not going to sit here and lie and say that I was completely innocent but I did not have the information that the Police Dept. was looking for. But for the simple reason that I was in that house every day the Police Dept. was convinced that I knew more than I was telling. I was arrested and charged with Organized Crime. I was facing up to 99 years. I have been frightened at other times in my past, but I want to tell you, this is one of the worst. I could not tell the PD what they wanted to know if I did not know it. I was released on bond by a crooked bondsman that liked to flirt with me and try to get me to go out with him. It was 2 1/2 years after the fact that I found out the charges had been dropped. They went after bigger fish. I had even quit working at the truck stop several months before they raided the place.
I share this very embarrassing incident to make one point. If you hang around with people who do the things that will get them sent to jail, you are going to end up right beside them in that cell. Statistics show: The survey asked respondents to estimate the prevalence of wrongful conviction in the United States. About 72 percent estimated that less than 1 percent — but more than zero — of convictions were of innocent people. How lucky do you feel?
Based on these results, Huff estimated conservatively that 0.5 percent of the 1,993,880 convictions for index crimes in 1990 were of innocent people. (Index crimes, which are reported by the FBI, are murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.)
That would result in an estimated 9,969 wrongful convictions.
So yes folks, if you are about to climb in a car with an underaged driver who is drinking or someone who is smoking pot, I ask you to remember this story. Friends may stay angry at you for a day or so but jail is going to last a lot longer than that!





7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angelique Edwards
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 01:11:25



  2. Bernice
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 09:36:40

    This is very relevant for some people I know. I am going to ask them to read this blog. Thanks for writing it.


  3. Bueller
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 11:43:06

    Ahhhhh, the exact same words we used when we talked to our kids and to our grandchildren. Thanks for sharing Flip!!


  4. Joyce Gerald/EM
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 18:04:46

    Thanks for writing it.


  5. Wynette aka Flip Flip
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 18:55:57

    You are welcome.


  6. Margie
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 11:00:28

    Great way of getting this across..Thanks for sharing…I am going to send it to my grandchildren..It’s something I am always saying….Thanks Wyn..(Hugs)


  7. Joyce Gerald/EM
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 11:33:15

    Yeppers.. that is why I am careful about the person with whom I associate. I have enough issues of my own I don’t need to adopt theirs too 🙂


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