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Vladimire Lenin said, probably sarcastically, "It is true that liberty is precious – so precious that it must be rationed. " By way of contrast, Supreme Court Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961) “If we are to keep our democracy,” said there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.” This is the difference in how communists think about freedom and how Americans have historically thought about it.

Justice is rationed today in America in that, more often than not, little or no punishment is meted out to some for a criminal offense while a lot of punishment is meted out to others for the exact same offense. This isn’t right. It’s dangerous, and it needs to stop.

Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story (1779-1845) wrote, “Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected.” The key word here is the word “impartially.” Americans now know that justice is NOT rendered impartially these days. The law seems to work one way for the common man and a different way for others.

If you are a politician, a celebrity of some sort or are otherwise well-connected politically or financially you pretty much get a free pass where justice is concerned in America these days. Once in a while some poor lesser-light schnook from among these types will be allowed to take a fall and do the time for his crime. And this works well as a kind of now-and-then appeasement for the rest of us; we who, in the eyes of our ruling elite are nothing more than their taxpaying “cash cows,” the “unwashed masses,” the “basketful of deplorables." No real confidence in government is possible unless justice is rationed equally from the gutter-most reaches of our society to the uppermost reaches of it.

And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter” (Isa. 59:14).


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