Laws Are Blind - NOT
Throughout the world it is said that with enough money anyone can buy justice. I know first hand that this is especially true in third world countries. This is something I have seen with my own eyes.
Although this is something that is common place and even expected in third world countries, it is something that we never expected to see here in the United States of America. During my younger years, we, the citizens of the United States of America, took great pride in that our politicians were honest and above reproach and that justice was a way of life for us. Justice was a concept that could not be bought nor sold only bestowed.
Our values have changed. The values of the United States of America have changed. Our laws remain the same but they are interpreted with a slant toward life, liberty and justice for those that can afford the privilege.
Yes that is exactly what I said “privilege”. Justice in America is a class privilege.
The concept of justice now comes with a cost. If you cannot afford the cost then there is no justice. This is a theory that makes itself evident in all jurisdictions of law. This includes local laws, state laws, federal laws and even international law.
What happens at the local level to promote this theory? Consider the citizens of Fort Worth, Texas. Even if they own their homes they may not occupy their homes without having water and electricity installed. This is per city code and if someone decides to occupy their home without water and electricity the city may levy a hefty fine upon those persons. Not having the money to pay for these utilities is not a defense to this offense.
This law is perfectly just. Why? How can this be? The law applies equally to all persons, rich or poor, therefore it is a just law that affects only the poor.
Anatole France once wrote “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”
Under State and Federal laws there is a concept known as “eminent domain”. This is a law under which some rich corporation can ask the government to take away your property (i.e. your home) and give it to them for redevelopment.
Under international law there is the theory that “might makes right”. Under this concept G.W. Bush was able to invade Iraq and occupy that country. This is the concept that allows us to engage in nation building and to be “policeman to the world”.
In third world countries money buys privilege. It is my contention that the United States has degenerated into a third world country. Just look at how money bought the privilege of getting the H1N1 vaccine. It was reported by the news media that the large corporations were getting more vaccines than most hospitals.
Our politicians have created a class of privilege. They have taken our rights under the constitution and replaced them with fear. Fear of breaking the law and going to jail. Fear of war. Fear of terror. What happened to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? What happened to “with liberty and justice for all.”?
“If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” The same applies to our government. Simply because the government backs an idea does not make it right or just.