Statement and Predicate
Monday´s Comment
Statement and Predicate
20. 6. 2016

Originally I wanted to discuss issues relating to the evaluation of information served to us by political figures and the media, and the logic missed out by their assessments, but then, something happened that made me roll both things into one. Let us look at some of the remarks we have heard in the past few days: At the start of June, information surfaces about a quietly masterminded plan for merging together the anti-mafia and anticorruption police units, hinting an attempt to remove elite detectives. This attempt instantly invites sharp criticism from all imaginable parties. It is found that actually there is no analysis or hard facts that would warrant such merger. Negotiations ensue in the non-recommendation of subscribing to the police restructuring bid. Elite detectives resign and leave police jobs. The interior minister signs the reshuffling plan.

Originally I wanted to discuss issues relating to the evaluation of information served to us by political figures and the media, and the logic missed out by their assessments, but then, something happened that made me roll both things into one.

Let us look at some of the remarks we have heard in the past few days.

  • At the start of June, information surfaces about a quietly masterminded plan for merging together the anti-mafia and anticorruption police units, hinting an attempt to remove elite detectives.
  • This attempt instantly invites sharp criticism from all imaginable parties.
  • It is found that actually there is no analysis or hard facts that would warrant such merger.
  • Negotiations ensue in the non-recommendation of subscribing to the police restructuring bid.
  • Elite detectives resign and leave police jobs.
  • The interior minister signs the reshuffling plan.

Let us put aside the fact that the restructuring plan was written by a former member of the StB, while the police president, minister of the interior and prime minister still occupy their cushy seats, and the media people , bloggers and pseudo-intellectuals create a fog screen and disclose Mr Jančura’s private phone number.

It is safe to say that the only predicate, which would be deemed the chief logical construct derived from the events of June 2016, is that politicians with links to the underworld took a desperately ostentatious action to get rid of the detectives who had dug deep in the dirt under their feet.

If logic had prevailed, the politicos and bureaucrats who staged this coup would have fallen miserably and been expelled from state administration bodies.

Unfortunately though, the media speculate about who had liaison with whom and theorize who exactly he or she was; the interior minister has the issue snake-checked after the snake bite, and other logic-defying moves follow that, were the issue not so serious, would make one laugh fit to bust.

The outcome would seem to indicate that we have probably lost a very efficient component of the police force, which acted in the interest of our state and defied the solemn oath undertaken by a gang of godfathers. Hopefully, it will show, at least in election results. The predicates formulated over our statements will be harmful not only to the logical apparatus, hones since the ancient times, but also to decency and common sense.

For the sake of brevity, I conclude my comments with a Tomáš Baťa quote which, although concerned with economic crisis rather than a crisis in police units nevertheless captures the essence of what we need to know about the current developments.

“Moral poverty is the cause of crisis. Is this a turning point in economic crisis? I don’t believe in any turns on their own. What we got used to call economic crisis is another name for moral misery. Moral poverty is the cause, economic decline the consequence. There are many people in our country who believe that economic decline can be bailed out by money. I dread the consequence of this misjudgement. The situation we find ourselves in does not require any brilliant maneuvers and combinations. We need to uphold moral values towards people, work and public property. Do not support those, who bankrupt what they have been entrusted, do not make debts, do not throw established values out of the window, do not exploit workers, do the things that elevated us from postwar poverty, work, save and make work and saving more profitable, desirable and honest than idling and waste. You are right in that crisis of confidence must be overcome, but it cannot be overcome by technical and financial intervention and loans; trust is a personal thing and it can be restored only by moral standpoints and personal example.”

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