As an average citizen, how often do you think about the law and how it applies to you? Do you go through your everyday life and contemplate whether or not you’re breaking the law, be it federal, state or local? Most people don’t, most people are oblivious to the laws that they are literally breaking every single day but are simply just never caught.
John Adams said, “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,’ and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”
In today’s society, prosecutors at all levels boast of their above 90% conviction rates, so hell bent on getting their convictions they have forgotten the fundamentals of what our country was founded upon. They ignore the very reason why our constitution is so important and how it is being trampled so severely by those sworn to uphold it. All in the name of ‘winning’, like a psychological disorder.
Justice isn’t about winning, it is about justice. The system we see today has ventured so far from being about justice for some it is akin to blasphemy against the Bible but instead against our constitution. There are many who do not believe that our justice system is nothing more than a legal system, made so complicated and vague that anyone could be committing a crime even if it is in the course of doing something apparently legal. The book that describes this phenomenon is Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate (Author), Alan M. Dershowitz (Foreword) A very interesting read or listen, if you like audio books, a book I suggest to everyone as a way to help them understand how easy it is to be prosecuted for what any regular citizen would consider lawful behavior. How the vagueness of the laws and the prosecutors interpretation of those laws puts innocent people in prison and large sums of money in our prosecutors and law enforcement pockets.
It doesn’t start there, this cycle of abuse to our justice system and the citizens of this country started almost a century ago and has slowly and steadily morphed into what we know of as our ‘system’ today. It is unrecognizable in comparison to what it was just under a 100 years ago.
As citizens we have become complacent, a condition we were warned about by our founding fathers because of the nature of citizens to ‘get comfortable’ with a slowly changing status quo that those in power will perpetuate to remain in power.
In a letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Smith, Paris Nov. 13. 1787.
Persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of its motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The past which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive; if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states independent 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.
The United States of America is over 240 years old. In 1776 we signed a declaration of independence. Where we declared that we had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially after a citizen paid their debt to society. Since that document was written, we signed the US Constitution in 1787. As it says above, “What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”
We as the people of this United States of America have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to study history, question our current rulers and question the media content that you read, regardless if you agree or not. No one is right all the time and the media leaves out many facts when they report to imply the tone they want the article to take. There is always more to any story because you are always looking through the writers point of view, even this little opinion piece.
“Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” – Lord Acton