Affluenza is real and has been in practice for as long as there have been people on earth.
Did you really have any doubt that there are two different systems?
One system for the wealthy. And another for everyone else.
People worldwide are freaking out about 16-year old Ethan Couch, 16 who killed FOUR people when he fell drunkenly asleep behind the wheel and ended up being treated differently (as in with kid gloves) because his parents are wealthy.
His expensive legal team including experts successfully argued that because he came from an affluent family, the 16-year-old didn’t know any better.
Couch was given probation and his parents will pay to send him to an expensive rehab facility, sparking outrage that “Affluenza” could be successfully argued.
Although it may never have had an official name, Affluenza is very real.
The whole two system deal has been in place for many years and will remain that way for many more years to come.
Forget about the middle class, the working class and all the rest in between.
There are simply two different systems.
From housing to legal matters.
One system is for the very rich and very well-connected.
Although the two usually go hand-in-hand, there are some well-connected people that are not VERY rich, but they are so well connected that they have a vast network to tap into to receive preferential treatment so they fall into the privileged category.
Many popular celebrities fall into that category proving to the masses that Affluenza is real.
They can kill people while behind the wheel like Brandy Norwood, get into numerous vehicular scraps like Brittney Spears, be involved in numerous criminal offenses like train-wreck Lindsay Lohan and even get busted for cocaine like Paris Hilton and not face any real consequences.
Of course, the public hears mainly about the high-profile cases but there are plenty of others.
The sexual predator offspring of political figures are often able to buy their way out of any “problem”.
How about these examples to lend credence to what many already know.
Affluenza is real.
In Maryville, Miss., Michael Barnett allegedly raped a young girl after drugging her at a party and having a friend videotape the entire assault.
The victim Daisy Coleman,then 14-years-old, was dumped on her front lawn and it was apparent the she was clearly the victim of rape. Her 13-year-old friend was attacked as well but Barnett, the grandson of a prominent former Missouri state representative was not charged and the family was ultimately forced out of town.
What about the Kennedy’s? Love ’em or hate ’em, the family is a criminal enterprise and they have been buying their way out of trouble for decades.
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted of murdering a child many years ago, served 11 years in prison and then was inexplicably released before thanksgiving.
Sure he’s wearing a monitor but he is out and he may not ever go back.
The Kennedy name and money can still open doors.
And then there is the system for everyone else.
Like the poor guy in Naperville, Ill. who had no money and walked out of the grocery store with a cart full of food.
Sure, he had a few previous arrests for marijuana and theft and such, just like Lindsay Lohan, but 31-year-old, Peter Dunning received a three-year prison sentence instead of a little tap-tap on the wrist.
Unfortunately for him, he did not have a rich or well connected advocate in his corner.
Ever hear of Aaron Swartz?
He was a 26-year-old computer programmer and internet activist who committed suicide because he faced up to 50 years in prison.
Although it is complicated, his crime was downloading scholarly articles that he intended to distribute for free.
A number of charges were levied against him and, not being part of the privileged echelon, he could not afford to mount a quality defense and killed himself.
How utterly sad.
Although it’s doubtful that we will see a poor mans version of “Affluenza”, such as “Memorenza” , being voluntarily drugged and drunk and claiming no memory of any of the crimes committed successfully argued, there will continue to be many more versions of “Affluenza” used that will allow the very rich to continue to buy their way out of all crimes, including murder.