Monday, April 11, 2022

 

Because the power to influence is not innate (and can be granted or transferred), it is not healthy for a person to think innately of having power; or being powerful as it would be a feeling.


And the reason someone has power is due to a position or role.  


For example, an elected official, a peacekeeper, a leader (or even a mother, father, any citizen).


Anyone can exert influence over another; for example, peer pressure.


As an elected official, a peacekeeper, leader, there are duties involved.  


As a citizen, whether mother, father, son, daughter, student, there are also duties involved.


Failure to perform duties can range from incompetence, malfeasance and abuse of power*.


As a person, the Lord calls us to be stewards of the earth. [Jeremiah 2:7 and Deuteronomy 11:12]


We each play a role and have purpose in life.


Therefore, it is best to think of power in terms of responsibility and responsibility for.  


Power is responsibility.




Note:


*Abuse of power is illegal under the "color of law" statute and it includes not only acts done while on duty, but beyond its bounds when pretending to act in performance of her/his duties.  


Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.


https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law



Crimes against humanity, include murder, torture, sexual violence, enslavement…

https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/crimes-against-humanity.shtml


Hate crimes

18 U.S.C. Section 249


Domestic violence, abuse, is also against the law, federal and state.


18 U.S.C. Section 113-117


Sexual Assault or abuse 


18 U.S.C. Section 2241


https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtn/victim-witness-program/federal-domestic-violence-laws



Treason 


18 U.S.C. Section 2381, 2382, 2384


Terrorism


18 U.S.C. Section 2332b(g)(5)



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