Are we a nation of men or a nation of laws?


(8/27/2018)

From: Lion Bruce Montplaisir
Onamia, Minn., formerly of Winona

When I have trouble getting back to sleep at night I go to my chair and tune the TV to “Forensic Files” because the soft monotone voice of the narrator usually puts me to sleep. A few weeks ago they were reviewing a murder investigation in North Carolina and the prosecuting attorney was Trey Gowdy.

At about the same time FBI agent Peter Strzok was testifying in a joint hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. In that setting, Representative Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the oversight committee, seemed to be attacking the FBI as well as agent Strzok because of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Agent Strozok and a female FBI agent were having a relationship and exchanged comments about Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 election that were not very complimentary to the future President, which allowed the Republican Congress to portray the Muller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as due to FBI bias against Trump.

As I watched that hearing I got the impression that many of our members of Congress were aligning with Russia against the FBI and other federal agencies and wanted the Muller investigation stopped because it keeps finding criminal activities by people tied to the Trump campaign. At one point Representative Gowdy, who spent two and a half years investigating the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack said something to the effect of “Eighteen months is long enough to complete this investigation.” There are other differences between these two investigations than the length of the investigations. For example there were no criminal indictments resulting from the Benghazi investigations and so far during the 14 months Robert S. Mueller has been conducting his investigation he has issued more than 100 criminal counts against 32 people and three companies. Five people, including three Trump associates have pled guilty to criminal activity.

These are law and order people that have people locked up in prison for years because of a tail light that doesn’t work and the individual didn’t have the money to pay the fine. The criminal activities being uncovered by the Muller investigation seem a bit more serious.

Other people can participate in housing discrimination, fraudulent school scams, fail to pay workers for work they did and fail to pay contractors for the work they completed per contract without ever spending a day in jail.

Our legal system doesn’t seem to deliver blind justice. It appears whatever majority there is in Washington decides what crimes to pursue and what behavior is allowed to occur uncontested.

Some people make a lot of money off pauper prisons and some of that money goes to legislators to ensure the system keeps going this way so the revenue source for causing human misery is ensured.

James Madison’s concern with government was that the winning majority could oppress the minority and even wrote, in Federalist 51, that if a majority could oppress the minority, a republic was no better than anarchy. Anarchy is the lack of order or lack of government or adherence to rules, especially the rule of law. The biggest bully wins and sets the rules to favor his own interests.

Are we to be a nation of men or a nation of laws? The answer seems to keep changing.

 

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