One of many definitions for the word “abstract” is, “existing in thought or as an idea but not having physical or concrete existence.” Other words used in this context are “conceptual,” “theoretical” and “idealistic.”
Justice as defined by Miriam Webster is: “The maintenance or administration of what is just, especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.”
Justice was never meant to be an abstraction, in fact “abstract justice” is a contradiction in terms. And Justice cannot exist in instances where the individuals involved are weighted by status, wealth, political or other social positions or anything other than the facts as they pertain to applicable laws or statutes. In theory no one is above the law.
The bedrock for jurisprudence in America is the idea that everyone is treated equally under the law. For that reason Lady Justice is portrayed as wearing a blindfold. Show of hands, who believes that justice is truly blind? No one? Okay, moving on.
I think it can be stipulated that justice is not blind, that there are a great many people and institutions in this once great nation who are far above the application of the law and that crime does pay, quite handsomely in fact. The question is how did we get so far from the concept of equal justice and what must we do to move the pointer back toward the center?
We could cite examples of those individuals who seem to always be above the law, the so-called “crime families” in government who have used their elected or appointed positions to garner power and amass great fortunes while in the guise of serving the public. Pointing them out would be a non partisan exercise as they come from all spectrums of the body politic.
A moment to reflect, which branch of the government can you realistically say has never been tainted with corruption? Which department has not been weaponized by elected officials, used to increase either their own wealth or power? Seriously, this is your government, think about the question to see if you can point to a single government entity that has always operated strictly within the law and the bounds of that Constitution which each individual involved has sworn an oath to uphold and defend.
We could reach blindly into a bag of transgressions and pull out handfuls of examples of unequal application of justice or, perhaps more egregious, a total lack of interest in even investigating allegations of wrongdoing.
Where is the justice for the Epstein victims? Protecting Jeffrey Epstein’s “clients” seems to be of greater importance than seeking justice. Consider then the saga of Hunter Biden. He provided the Justice Department with more than enough evidence to sink his entire family. DoJ’s response, ho-hum, nothing to see here. Move along.
Was the 2020 election actually stolen or are the complaints just a massive vat of sour grapes? A concerted effort to keep the facts out of the courts or even submit them to investigation seems to indicate that the interest is in protecting the integrity of the outcome rather than probing for the truth. That’s not much justice for the millions who thought they were casting their votes in the most secure system on the planet but now have legitimate doubts.
January 6th. An insurrection inspired by the then President or a Pelosi plot to derail any attempt to delay certification of the election? There are many unanswered questions surrounding the events that took place in the Capitol on that day, questions that could be answered by releasing the 14000 hours of surveillance tape. And so far no plausible reason for not releasing the tapes
We are not a country that jails its own citizens as political prisoners. No, wait a minute. Yeah I suppose we really are. It took 245 years but we finally got around to it. Arsonists, looters, rioters and those who assaulted officers of the law are all turned loose with no repercussions but people possibly guilty of trespass are locked up in solitary confinement for months on end. And the on-camera murder of Ashli Babbitt speaks for itself.
When asked about the lack of follow through on criminal referrals the Attorney General under the previous administration said that his department only pursues cases they were sure to win. And here’s me thinking that deciding the merits of a case were what the courts were for.
19th century philosopher Joseph deMaistre said, “every nation gets the government it deserves.”
If deMaistre’s words are true then what we are witnessing in the halls of justice is a terrible indictment against the soul of America. Are we not a better people than that? Are we truly helpless in the face of the massive and overt corruption that has usurped the positions of power and turned every institution of government, our courts, corporate leadership and mass media into something that resembles Lewis Carroll’s “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?”
Who are “We, the People” that we no longer have a say in how this country is to be run? What happened to government “Of the People, For the People and By the People?
For God’s sake and for the sake of this nation, stand up and let your voices be heard. If you want your country back you need first to understand that no one is going to grab it for you, gift wrap it and hand it to you. This is not a battle to be won by force of arms, it is a war of ideas. By remaining silently on the sidelines you only give aid and comfort to the enemy
Keep the faith and by all means, spread the word.