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Sunday, December 7, 2014

What America does and doesn't do is exactly what is wrong with it.

This article: The American Justice System Is Not Broken 

I haven't posted here in a while and for that I do apologize, my defense would be I have to agree with this author to an extent and disagree to an every broader degree. 

The writer, Albert Burneko asserts: "Democracy functions. Politicians, deriving their legitimacy from the public, have discerned the will of the people and used it to design and enact policies that carry it out, among them those that govern the allowable levels of violence which state can visit upon citizen. Taken together with the myriad other indignities, thefts, and cruelties it visits upon black and brown people, and the work common white Americans do on its behalf by telling themselves bald fictions of some deep and true America of apple pies, Jesus, and people being neighborly to each other and betrayed by those few and nonrepresentative bad apples with their isolated acts of meanness, the public will demands and enables a whirring and efficient machine that does what it does for the benefit of those who own it. It processes black and brown bodies into white power. That is what America does. It is not broken. That is exactly what is wrong with it." 

I concur, the American Justice System is not Broken and sadly that is exactly what's wrong with it. But I disagree, as shown throughout this blog over the last few years; the indifference runs against not just those of color. It's running against all of the people the country purports to the world they are protecting. 

In effect, it runs against women and children who desperately need it's protection. And yes, sadly men or women of any color who are less educated. 

Which is perhaps why I have been concentrating on Fairy Tale Access; a wee bit more of late. Because I believe, we can change people's minds and hearts. Literacy and education continue to overcome road blocks and build bridges to better tomorrows. The point is to show that with a little bit of Literacy, Travel and exposure to those people who are doing so, change is coming slowly; but successfully individuals are changing the world around them and just as. . . 

The definition of a true American, is that of a rebel, one who will not accept the status quo, or that of communities and individuals falling into an abyss. A True American is not the evil sitting on a bench; It is Liberty the one who will move between heaven and earth to protect their family, freedoms and their faith or even lack of it. 

Like a Hero they overcome the forces that demean the human race and they race with their hearts wide open to pursue Happily-Ever-After and it is out there. Liberty is waiting for you to push harder and ask more questions, it's waiting for you to open the door to the truth and discover the possibilities that knowledge brings with it and it's waiting for you to stand up for what is right. 

Worldwide we are more alike than we are different; bad things happen, bad people happen; but it doesn't define us all. There is good everywhere waiting for you to unravel it and make it happen. Whether your the accused or the jury Happily-Ever-After is a quest it's about standing up and not accepting "in statu quo res erant ante bellum;" latin for "in the state in which things were before the war". Understanding Peace and War in all it's forms is what leads to happily ever after.

The main article, referenced describes the war in America, do we need to take up arms? No, but we do need to open our eyes, we do need to speak up for those that are wronged and level the scales of Justice. Where does it start? When, “There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you’ve carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.”  It starts with you, it's your choice "you" are part of the equation in right versus wrong. 

"When you are in it, you are in it," Dandridge said of dealing with crisis situations, including battle. "When you are under duress, and you are in it together, you are in it together.