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Opinion: When Justice Takes A Holiday

 

Every American citizen believes, (or wants to believe), that when it is time for their day in court, they will receive fair and equitable treatment. After all, even Jeffery Dahmer received a fair trial. However, if you are a person of color, your hopes are dashed, because some within the system see it as an opportunity to take ‘ a day off’ from the rules of justice, even the laws.  You walk in hopeful … you walk out disappointed, and, in some cases, hurt.  It seems as if  people of color are not considered equal and entitled to equal protection under the law. That’s when one loses their center of gravity, because all you ever believed in turns out to be a fantasy. Even though the reality was not ever addressed to you, you still bought it, because no one ever told you that it was not intended for you.

This does not just happen in criminal court, but it happens in civil court as well. Every person in the room, comes equipped with their own personal biases and stereotypes. And, in most cases, (not all), that includes the opposing attorney and the judge. You can be right, but no one hears your words, no one reads what you have written. Your skin tone speaks for you, and you are immediately dismissed.

If you quote a statute, you are ignored, because, after all, you are not even supposed to be able to read. If you represent yourself on something as small as a landlord/tenant dispute, if the opposing party is represented by an attorney, then a possible friendship or ‘professional loyalty‘ comes into play, and your standing is immediately diminished.  Indeed, there are fair judges within a county, but they are few and far between. And, one does breathe a sigh of relief when one encounters that rare, fair and unbiased judge. And that old saying about the person who represents themselves has a fool for a client is one which may have been created to keep attorneys with their jobs.

Many may not remember the Eddie Murphy skit about how things are different between the majority and minorities. Sure it was over-the-top comedy, but in some ways, in the American judicial system, it seems to ring very true.

But you stand there anyway, presenting your case, hoping that your words are at least heard and understood. You don’t give up, you present your evidence, only to soon learn that ‘your’ evidence does not matter. You may as well have presented a ‘kite’, because essentially, at the end, you feel that what was figuratively said to you was to “go fly a kite” . Once away from the court, you can not help but feel violated, cheated and hurt.  It is as if someone picked you up and shook you like a rag doll.

But what can be done?  One thing that can be done is to vote. Read up on the reviews of a judge and vote judges with poor reviews out of that position.  So many people just vote ‘yes’ on all of the judges, and that is a mistake. Take the time to research. Your vote counts and it is important that you exercise your personal responsibility to be a well-informed voter.

On paper, the American justice system is the best in the world.  And every single American is entitled to access to the fair and unbiased system which is not only on paper, but in the hearts and minds of all Americans.  It is instilled in our minds practically as soon as we can read and understand. It’s literally a promise. So, it is we, the American people, who have to hold that system to its word.

It should be the goal of everyone in this country to make certain that justice never, ever takes a holiday. It is not just people of color who suffer as a result, it’s America.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/eddie-murphy-1984-snl-skit-white-privilege-article-1.2409222

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/07/20/why-the-u-s-court-system-is-criminally-unjust/?noredirect=on

https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/american-justice-system-broken/https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/american-justice-system-broken/

 

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Opinion: Was 2017 Tax Bill a Conspiracy or a Crime? Should it be repealed?

Republican senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Corker

In order to respond to the two questions in the title of this piece, one need only look at the number of Republicans who are “taking the money” and running. When has there ever been this many highranking incumbents announcing that they will NOT be seeking re-election? Even those who are in safe seats are bailing. The only rational answer is that their vote for their own pockets via the tax bill, was indeed their “cash-out”.

So one has to take a closer look at the Republican Tax Bill, signed  into law by Trump. A bill which overwhelmingly provided increases in wealth for those at the top of the socio-economic ladder, including Trump himself. While they told those who believe what they hear and who  do not check for themselves that the inheritance tax changes make it easier for people to transfer their wealth to their heirs without a penalty, the fine print clearly states that the beneficiaries are only those estates in which there is a minimum of 5 million dollars to qualify for the benefit.

So with the new tax cut in place, they are not running away from Trump in the 2018 election. No, they are leaving because they got what they were allegedly promised if they supported him during the election and during his first year in the administration. It appears as if the GOP crafted a bill in which members of  congress benefited more than their own constituents. This (what appears to be), clear self-dealing should not go unpunished.

When the Democrats come back into power, the tax bill should be repealed in its entirety, and, with the caveat of retroactively disallowing any congressperson who voted for the bill from obtaining the benefits as well as  face criminal prosecution as well.  This sort of in-your-face, blatant corruption should not be tolerated or and must not be ignored.

Apparently, the #CorkerKickback was not only about the real estate provisions incorporated into the bill to appease him and get his vote, but also involved dollars and cents.  Then there was the laughable as well as undeserved praise by Orin Hatch directed to Trump, (we all know he lied), was a clearly a thank-you to Trump for signing a bill that would be his retirement bonus and his legacy to his family. (The best president ever? Please.) It would be no surprise if Mitch McConnell AND his wife retired.

The majority of the Republicans who are “not seeking re-election” are high-ranking Republicans, even to the point of those who qualify for chairmanships based upon seniority.  Under usual circumstances, that sort of power is not so easily relinquished. Many news outlets are speculating that the ‘retirements’ are due to a fear of a “blue wave” in the fall elections. However, neither Orrin Hatch nor Corker, would have to worry about being vulnerable to a ‘blue wave’ in their deep red states and districts. The same for many others in which those same persons have survived a ‘blue wave’ in the past within their red-districts. As recently as yesterday, Republican House congressman Issa announced he would not be seeking re-election. He is a senior incumbent – in a solid red district.

Hopefully, if the Democrats take over, this crime against the people of the United States of America can be retroactively corrected, but only if they have veto-proof majority. If not, then there should be a special counsel appointed to investigate whether or not this bill was passed for benefit of those who wrote it. And a key to the possible criminal intent is the fact that they would not allow anyone to read the bill prior to the vote in its final state. They voted on a draft.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/republican-retirements-congress-mount-rep-darrell-issa-steps-aside-n836426

http://tennesseestar.com/tag/senator-bob-corker/

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