Actions and Consequences
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This is where I start to lose favor with this story. If Clark is anything, he is a Journalist. And a damn good one at that, as implied earlier in this very story. If he finds that a juror was being bribed to find Calhoun guilty, that should raise all sorts of red flags. Clark would step back and realize there is more to the story than meets the eye, and look into who this other actor is. That he falls to his emotions and reacts int he bloody way that he does in the story is IMO a failure of this as a Rationalist story.
In my reading of it, I think that at this point Superman is having a crisis of faith with regards to democracy and our entire justice system. He takes steps to ensure that the bribery doesn’t have an impact on the final verdict and then he watches to see what will happen. When you’re having a crisis of faith it’s very hard to focus on anything else. Are all your foundational beliefs false? Things like “Who is doing the bribing” are inconsequential trivialities in comparison to “Does The American System work at all?” Systemic failure is a far worse problem than any individual bribe.
Turns out – The American Way is a failure. Calhoun is the proof of this. And then he chooses words that grind directly into this freshly-torn wound into the core of Superman’s psyche. Oops.
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