Justice is blind. And apparently she is also deaf and dumb. And as of yesterday, Justice is dead. Her corpse has now been laid bare by the Attorney General for all of us to see.
Next Tuesday is Election Day in the United States. Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes, in that the fate of our American democracy and way of life is at stake.
I never thought I’d see happen what has happened to this country since Donald Trump became president. He has nearly torn the very fabric of America apart. And the only option we have to stop him from tearing it to shreds is to go out and vote on or before next Tuesday. Vote to elect people to Congress who will enable it function, as the Constitution requires, as an appropriate check and balance on Trump, something the Republican-led Congress has refused to do.
So if we care for this country, we must vote. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and depend upon others. Voting is our civic responsibility, our duty.
But, hey, I’m just an old man. I may not be alive a decade from now, so while it breaks my heart to witness the events of the past two years, I won’t suffer the brunt of the damage Trump has done and, if left unchecked, will continue to do.
But my children and grandchildren will. So I implore you millennials (and post-millennials who are old enough to vote) — you whose future is on the line — to stand up and be counted. You need to be Supermen and Superwomen. I know it’s a corny cliche, but you need to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.
They say that justice is blind. What this means is that justice is meant to be impartial and objective. Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice, is often portrayed as evenly balancing both scales and a sword. She is typically wearing a blindfold, which is intended to represent that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.
The American justice system is designed to be blind. It’s set up with the intent that everyone should be treated equally. Unfortunately, it’s not, in practice, blind. Statistics show that, when convicted of similar crimes, poor people receive sentences that are, on average, two times longer than those for rich people. Black people, on average, are given much longer sentences than white people.
People with “connections,” with influence, power, and money, are more likely to have small crimes glossed over, and to get better treatment even in the event of more serious crimes.
And it seems that, under Donald Trump, it’s just getting worse. For Trump and the Republicans in Congress, there is a greater effort to obstruct justice than there is to preserve, protect, and defend it.
Justice in America is no longer blind; it seems to have become deaf and dumb.