Look, I know what this looks like. A crime podcast that’s literally just about listening to horrific tragedies? It’s super weird! Why would anyone put themselves through that? I asked myself those exact questions when I started listening to Crime Junkies, and once I finished, I still asked myself those questions.
When a group of old white men got together and drafted the Bill of Rights, they thought it was perfect. In fact, for its time, it was actually quite the piece of work! It allowed the people of the United States the freedom of speech without legal prosecution, the freedom to bear arms in case of the rise of an authoritarian government, and even protected them against the kind abuse of power in the judicial branch that was common back then. However, over time, people realized it wasn’t that perfect. In the initial ten amendments, there wasn’t anything about the people’s power to elect a president, about whether people of color or women could vote, nor even about banning alcohol and then unbanning it just for funsies! And so, the breadth of the Constitution grew and grew and grew. And with as many as 27 amendments, the American people had to pick favorites.
Recently, the phrase ‘history repeats itself’ has become all the more powerful; fascism has returned with new hatred, WWIII looms ominously on the horizon, the Jonas Brothers are back together, and we are currently facing a new epidemic.