The main plank on which I offer my candidacy is Justice. Justice is the elusive last vow in the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The depth and breadth of dysfunction in our system is immense. Time to repair the damage and restore what our founders wanted for their posterity.
I say this with my whole heart. I know it is a pledge, as in a promise, something not yet achieved or a state not yet attained. Martin Luther King understood that. In his “I have a dream” speech, he painted a picture which resonated with blacks as well as all citizens of this country. All.
I will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." Until I can believe the words on the edifices of the buildings and the signs within them which say “Justice Center,” “Law Enforcement,” “Court of Law.”
Justice and freedom are bought daily. If you have enough money, you can buy whatever justice you desire. Witness what is happening in Washington, DC. Laws were broken. Yet no one is prosecuted. No one is indicted. No one is brought before the courts. Even then, some courts are corrupted by political influence.
The same condition exists in the smallest governments in the nation. Laws are broken. Moneys are stolen, or misappropriated. Decency and trust are shredded behind the impenetrable shield of lies and deception. When seen, reported, even challenged, the layers of defense repel assault on crimes against the people, and individuals, in protection of the powers behind the charade.
And money lays down the rules of procedure, the barriers to justice or the victory of injustice. If you have enough, you can buy protection. Or you can buy enough exposure until the money runs out. But against a government, the bank of defense is endless, with taxpayer monies deeper than any taxpayer can afford. Or I should say most taxpayers can afford.
The basis of the ruse is a motto which most have heard. “Perception is reality.” No it is not. It can shape someone’s perception of reality. However, reality is reality. It is not open to interpretation, though many try to shape it, some eloquently. Like the best lawyers can do. Perception is exactly that, someone’s own idea or ideal. The people with money can buy the words which sound good and ring true to those who do not know, or to those who listen to that channel on the wavelength of their favorite interpreter. Like “Radio Free Albemuth,” it has listeners, followers, but only an audience deluded by words.
Justice should not come at a price paid in money. Like liberty, it is earned with harder things, sacrifices, lives, all the valuable attributes which make life rich and worthwhile. Very possibly, the fact that justice can be distorted is a statement on the impoverished condition of our republic.
Most of us believe that our obligation to this ideal is fulfilled when we vote for judges and sheriffs. They will certainly perform their jobs. We pay them enough. Now, back to the bridge game, the next vacation trip, planning our IRA investments, or meeting the girls for some wine. The judges and LEO’s are bound by laws and rules. Less and less is left to their discretion. More and more of them seem to be influenced by the monied few, or those with power. Whether they are individuals, corporations, or governments does not matter.
The pledge should remind us that Justice, like liberty, should be within the reach of all, not just the monied few. A state senator can not create a rule, a law, which guarantees it. But he can bring the concept before the legislature, can carry the ideal before the people, can announce the values until that summit is within sight.
That is my goal, my dream. It should be in daily discussions, talk at the coffee shop, in bible classes at church. Not just words on a piece of granite in the state capitol. Or dry ink on a document stored under glass. Justice should be so high on our list that we strive for it every day, that we seek it in our every transaction, that we demand it of ourselves and of others.
Without justice, there is no liberty.