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  •  When was it ever a just system? (3+ / 0-)
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    gulfgal98, Ray Pensador, StrayCat

    I agree with your assessment of the present, but I look at the past and see no time when Americans could count on their justice system to be fair, which makes it no different from so many other countries we have felt superior to.  The Constitution and many laws provide a framework for justice, when good people are in charge, but all too often the people who like power are not good people.  So we get government by local bullies like Joe Arpaio or Rahm Emanuel, or by the corrupt and unprincipled ambitious people at state or national levels.  We have been more fortunate than other countries now or in historic times, in that we have avoided being ruled by an openly cruel dictatorship, but many lives have been ruined or even lost by the failure of our justice system.  Not only has it been slanted toward affluent white capitalist men, and unfair to whole groups of people, it has always waged political war against union activists, protestors, and leftists.  Think of the lives destroyed by McCarthyism.

    If you want to argue with me or even discuss this, I apologize, as I don't stick with diaries once I read them, even if I made a comment.  I spend way too much time online, and I try to limit it and move on to other things.

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