BY MICHAEL REISIG –
I have a sad truth for you today – there is no such thing as justice in this world anymore – if there ever was. America may have been the final experiment with it, but the hate congeners, and the race mongers, and the power brokers have stolen it, or sold it, or simply perverted it.
In 1865, we fought an internal war that killed two-thirds of a million Americans, primarily to give justice to a single group of folks. Since then (and particularly for the last century) we have been in a constant mode of reparation for our prior sins. Today, we are a country torn apart by a new perverted sense of justice that demands we continually overlook indiscretion, brutality, and anti-Americanism for the sake of race – on behalf of some hackneyed, constantly manipulated guilt complex that should have been put to bed long before now.
We have lived as if there was a simple pill of concession most of America should take, and everyone would be fine – we would share the wealth and the knowledge and live happily ever after.
But the truth is, perfect justice is an illusion, because you’re dealing with imperfect human beings, and you can only experience a sense of this justice if you’re on the side dispensing it. To my mind’s eye, authority and due process have to be combined with integrity. Justice should consist of one set of irrefutable, unchangeable rules so that each man and woman is judged in exactly the same fashion. It should be a corridor without color, race, or creed – an unwavering pendulum that never swings to one side or the other to satisfy the present edicts of society.
America has tried to create justice with rules, but somewhere along the line we discovered that the words in the rules could be changed, and their meanings twisted. It started with lawyers, but like an intellectual disease, it spread to the politicians, and led to the public. Theodore Roosevelt had it right when he said, “Justice consists not in being neutral between wrong and right, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found.” The trouble with our laws today is that they come in shades – the criminals know their “rights” better than their wrongs. When you add pandering, politically correct news agencies to this, what you’re left with is pandemonium every time police or government try to enforce laws within certain segments of our society.
Regardless of what we think justice should be, or how it should be dispensed, the highest court of all is still conscience – it supersedes all others. Unfortunately, America is really short on conscience these days. I’m a firm believer that if people spent more time seeking education, conscience, and truth, there would be far less need for “justice.”
Each time there is a racial “incident” of some sorts we are bombarded by the concept that justice must be “exacted” rather than truth determined. We constantly witness acts of violence and looting within our cities – knee-jerk mayhem – committed as an affirmation of rights following situations with questionable law enforcement or racial episodes. Most of us realize that this is a perversion of justice, yet we do nothing about it. If we are forced by these new social rules to believe the smaller lies, it eventually becomes much easier to accept the larger ones, and when we fail to punish people who break our laws, for whatever reason, we’re not simply protecting their longevity, we are undermining the foundations of justice for the next generation.
In our constant, frantic quest for racial and social injustices we are stepping beyond the borders of reason and becoming an inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition, in its search for heretics, became little more than a group of government authorized Nazis. We need to be careful that we don’t lose sight of integrity and truth while we search out injustice.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero: “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.