American Justice: An Oxymoron, by Andrew Joppa

American Justice: An Oxymoron

by Andy Joppa

 

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Thomas Jefferson

 

For those that still maintain their childlike (perhaps childish) illusion that real justice matters in America, this may come as a rude awakening.  American justice is a sham; little more than smoke and mirrors…more accurately, a dog and pony show.  Of course, the appropriate words are always offered as a way of assuring the less aware, that all is well within our judicial system. The ideas of law, courts, subpoenas, trials, indictments, grand juries, investigation, and many others, are all bandied about as a means of “documenting” that our consistent miscarriages of justice, all fall within the ethical parameters of that formerly revered concept…justice.

 

Historically, American justice was never perfect; no human system can ever be described in that manner.  However, even though negative anomalies existed, the intent was always to make our justice system as virtuous and just as could be humanly accomplished.  However, this original commitment to justice has, in the twenty-first century, been reversed in its measured practice.  Today, it is the commitment to true justice that has become the outlier… so distinct, that when we experience it, it generates an excitement like seeing a bald eagle; WOW, it’s American, beautiful and RARE.  We must pause a moment and realize that America’s national bird is no longer that majestic animal; it has become the vulture; a scavenger living off the desired death of those around it.

 

Perhaps the most egregious miscarriage of justice, though not yet reaching a legal fulfillment, has been the assault on citizen Donald Trump.  I speak here not of his remarkable two plus years in the White House, which have been extraordinary, but attacks on the very man himself.  He’s been described as stupid, maniacal, racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant and a misogynist…I’m sure I’m leaving a few out. Recently, some psychiatrists offered that Trump is mentally deficient…these vultures should lose their license…that would happen if there was any justice.

If we simply examine his life and accomplishments in the private sector, we’ll find a man of great accomplishment, honors and virtue. Let’s track just a scant portion of his background and see if their negative vitriol is “just.”

 

Trump was awarded a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1968).  He received the Honorary Humanitarian Award by the National Jewish Health (1976). Along with Rosa Parks and Muhammed Ali he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in celebration of “patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity” (1986).  He was honored with the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award (2007) and the Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation Commandant’s Leadership Award (2015).  Perhaps, Jesse Jackson offered the proof positive about Donald Trump’s character at his Rainbow PUSH Coalition when he said (among other positive accolades):

 

“I now want to bring forth a friend. He is deceptive in that his social style is of such, one can miss his seriousness and his commitment to success, which is beyond argument. When we opened this Wall Street project and we talked about it, he gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there. And beyond that, in terms of reaching out, and being inclusive, he’s done that too.”

 

So much for the “justice” that has been given this great citizen and even greater president.  The vultures have been circling over his head ever since he opened the door to The Oval Office…perhaps earlier. They would love nothing more than pulling the meat off his impeached body. 

 

Let’s deal, however, with some issues of justice as a derivative of applied “law.”

Oh, how they wailed when Khalid Sheik Mohammad was being waterboarded.  This man who was self-confessed to having been the agent of killing thousands, many being Americans, and who was aware of future terrorist events, could not be made to feel uncomfortable…for that is all that waterboarding is…extreme discomfort.  But…it some LaLa land moment, saving lives took a backseat to The Sheiks comfort level as water boarding violated some newly discovered American value; that being, comfort is more important than lives. We must thank the late John McCain for contributing to this penetrating insight. It is reported that after 180 water boarding’s, his current health is excellent, and he has apparently designed a new vacuum cleaner (yes…a vacuum cleaner).

 

Fast forward to the America of the last few years.  Paul Manafort, undoubtedly a marginally unsavory character, is charged with white collar crimes and sent into solitary confinement in a federal prison in Pennsylvania for an extended period of time.  There is no doubt he was being tortured to attempt to coerce negative information from this aging man about President Trump.

 

He is now being unnecessarily transferred to Rikers Island, one of the most dangerous prisons in the country, where he once again, will be tortured in solitary confinement (euphemistically called protective custody.) This is a 70-year-old, wheelchair bound, geriatric, being treated more harshly than a terrorist mass murderer, with plans for carnage.

 

Manafort was convicted of crimes…but we all know his only real crime was having worked for President Trump and his not being willing to lie about the President to save his own neck. Thank God, all the loud voices are being raised in outrage…wait…that was just my own.

 

Paul Manafort is a political prisoner being tortured by the deep state… if he dies during this process, there should be immediate indictments for involuntary manslaughter. Think not? Try this on as defining their crime:

 

Involuntary Manslaughter

The act of unlawfully killing another human being unintentionally.

 

Most unintentional killings are not murder but involuntary manslaughter. The absence of the element of intent is the key distinguishing factor between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. In most states, involuntary manslaughter results from an improper use of reasonable care or skill while performing a legal act, or while committing an act that is unlawful but not felonious.

 

This is exactly the act perpetrated on Paul Manafort. Here, again, is a kettle of “vultures.”

 

I’ve got to conclude this essay and go to press.  However, there are several other documenting injustices I’d like to allude to before I go (I hope to get back to them).

 

Consider, if it is a serious felony crime to lie to the FBI, what should the charge be if the FBI, or a former official, lies to us…Capital Punishment? Whatever it is, the penalty should be worse for their deceptions than for ours.  Do you hear that James Comey, Robert Mueller, and all the rest of you deep state treasonous reprobates? How could a great country produce such loathsome vultures?

 

Consider also, should a “bowling pin” political operative, let’s say hypothetically, Jerry Nadler, be allowed to destroy a political opponent’sfinancial life by calling them to testify, knowing that the process will be hostile, with all kinds of landmines and tripwires being laid?  Many have been destroyed by the associated legal costs or had to take plea bargains to avoid them.  Here, again, are the vultures. Maybe we could at least pay the legal freight if they’re not charged with a crime.

 

Nothing terrifies me more than potentially being snared in the grip of American justice. Its eccentricities, callousness and inhumanity are its most prominent characteristics. It’s third world stuff with superior technology and inferior people.To be terrified of my own government is never a place I thought I’d be. It will destroy you at whim, and your vulnerability increases a hundred-fold in you are an admirer of the president.

 

Standing between us and the kettle of vultures is only one thing…a thick blue line…with a blonde comb-over.