- There is a long dark shadow over this land that has been
cast by what is missing from the United States, and largely from the world
as well. That shadow has produced a stain upon the land, for Justice itself
is dead to the hearts and minds of people here.
- There is no honor in our court system, when it takes
upwards of a decade to resolve a simple civil matter, or when the System
is so overburdened that charges and pleas quite literally are overflowing
in every harried criminal courtroom in this land. In this environment how
can there be justice, in any heart thus captured - to be dragged up before
the cold corruption of the courts. In the criminal divisions, many are
simply assigned a court-appointed lawyer who barely knows the name of their
assigned defendant, much less anything about what the charges might contain.
This is not a part of any viable system designed to aid society - rather
- this is a system designed to process those who have fallen between the
cracks in compliance inside an increasingly subservient world that no longer
questions much of anything.
- In real justice, if there is no force for balance in
the law for any except those with massive wealth and resources; then what
becomes of all the rest of us when we come before that self-same bar of
"justice"? What is power without balance, without the strength
required to look into the face of truth? If Justice cannot be served openly
and fairly - then how can this society survive for any length of time?
Seven eights of those imprisoned now are there for crimes against the tenor
and the tone of life today. Only about one-eighth of the prison population
is there for major crimes.
- The US System has been purposefully overloaded, to rid
the fearful and faithful of the remainder of those that choose to live
upon the fringes of acceptance. This did not just happen it's been incubating
now for over fifty years. The recent privatization of the prison system,
added yet another layer to this national burden, along with increased costs
- and the Prison Systems, both public and private - have created one of
the fastest growing industries in this country today. The starting salary
for a prison guard in California is $55,000 for a school-teacher it's less
than half that much. What does this say about justice and the goals of
- Justice, is now enshrined in rags and forced to walk
the mean streets in too many places - begging to be heard - while at the
same time she is for sale to the highest bidder, as "everybody knows.
- What's the point in any "promise" made by a
government that takes the health and wealth and lives of its citizens so
lightly? Where in all of this does any purpose truly lie - except to line
the pockets of this Outlaw Band that leads this nation down the road to
hell! It would be better for the people if we stood as one against this
crime of crimes: In the eyes of the world these privateers are seen for
what they are and for what they seek to take from everyone they seek to
rule, in violence and with reprisals for anyone who dares resist them.
Again one must ask, where is the justice in this world - what happened
to the balances that every society must have just to be able to live
- This is not about "what we were," it's about
what we each had - what we know is right - and that yearning deep within
us all simply to breathe free again! Justice lives in the hearts of so
very many: from the orphans to the victims, from the wrongly accused to
those coerced to wear the uniform just to maybe one day have a future.
Justice then, is for everyone who has not been taken by the Grand Illusion
of Imperial Power.
- The concept of Justice is not something that should apply
only to the rich - it's international, and as close as the house next door
- yet it belongs to all free people everywhere - except to those who are
now living under the PATRIOT acts, both one & two.
- There was a time when a person's word was their bond.
Today most people must "verify everything" because virtually
no one can now be "trusted" to keep their word: the lack of Justice
in the recent court rulings that allowed corporations to break their promises
to their employees with impunity - is but one example of this new reality.
- So it comes down to who will chose to stand and who will
kneel before these conquerors?
- Criminality has become the 8,000-pound gorilla in the
living room of every home today - yet this nation and its people wait.
The children of our children will know what each of us has done, or not
done, at this fork in the road of continuing life. Will we demand that
Justice be taken from the streets and returned to her courts in a system
that prosecutes real crimes, rehabilitates those who can be, and stays
far from the overtly religious in that primitive world of those shrews
that want to direct every life except their own?
- This shadow, of the death of Justice can be rectified,
but the stain upon the world that we have made will haunt the survivors
for at least a hundred years: still isn't this preferable to living on
our knees - in service to that corporatocracy that we have anointed with
- Justice has been a companion on our journey over the
long travail from Barbarity to what we now call civilization. If we leave
her now, there can be nothing certain in our collective futures - regardless
of where we live. This road back that so many now seek, has to begin with
rectifying what we turn to, whenever we seek just solutions for whatever
happens in our lives. We must advocate for changes in the mandatory sentencing
guidelines and lose the petty stuff that clutters up the courtrooms of
our lives. We must demand that in exchange for paying for our membership
in this society: there must be some basic commitments honored between the
people and those who say they lead us. The American Liberty Bell has been
cracked for a very long time, but just as it is with Life sometimes "that's
how the light gets in." The compact between the people and this government
has been shattered in far too many ways to list here - but "everybody
knows" what has to change if we are to have a nation once again. To
reform The Criminality in the Criminal Justice System seems like a great
place to start!