#JusJoJan — Blind Justice

199C5DED-59C7-4615-8BC7-2B75AEA98E8A

They say that justice is blind. What this means is that justice is meant to be impartial and objective. Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice, is often portrayed as evenly balancing both scales and a sword. She is typically wearing a blindfold, which is intended to represent that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.

The American justice system is designed to be blind. It’s set up with the intent that everyone should be treated equally. Unfortunately, it’s not, in practice, blind. Statistics show that, when convicted of similar crimes, poor people receive sentences that are, on average, two times longer than those for rich people. Black people, on average, are given much longer sentences than white people.

People with “connections,” with influence, power, and money, are more likely to have small crimes glossed over, and to get better treatment even in the event of more serious crimes.

And it seems that, under Donald Trump, it’s just getting worse. For Trump and the Republicans in Congress, there is a greater effort to obstruct justice than there is to preserve, protect, and defend it.

Justice in America is no longer blind; it seems to have become deaf and dumb.


Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s word is “justice,” and it was suggested by Barb over at  Gallimaufry.

Advertisements

Presidential Fellatio

After both the House and the Senate passed the GOP tax bill and sent it to Trump to sign, Republican congressional leaders we’re falling all over themselves to heap praise upon Caesar Trump.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader leader, said the bill’s passage caps a year of “extraordinary accomplishments” by Trump.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan praised Trump’s “exquisite presidential leadership.”

Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, called Trump “one heck of a leader.” He said, “Mr. President, I have to say, you’re living up to everything I thought you would.” He added, “this is one of the great privileges of my life, to stand here on the White House lawn with the president of the United States, who I love and appreciate so much.” He also pledged to help Trump “make this the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.”

I am throwing up in my mouth.

Tennessee Republican congresswoman Diane Black, chair of the House Budget Committee, said, “Thank you, President Trump, for allowing us to have you as our president, and to make America great again.”

Kevin Brady, chairman of the House tax-writing committee, said this “historic day” could not have been achieved without Trump’s leadership.

Trump, of course, basked in the adulation showered upon him by congressional Republican leaders and his own vice president, who said to Trump, “Thank you for seeing, through the course of this year, an agenda that truly is restoring this country.”

Pence went on to say that he was “deeply humbled, as your vice president, to be able to be here,” and he thanked Trump “for speaking on behalf of and fighting every day for the forgotten men and women of America.”

Oh for fuck’s sake.

I have never seen such groveling and ass kissing in my entire life. It makes me want to barf. Seriously, just reading what I’ve written here makes me physically ill.

I think I’ll watch Sean Hannity on Fox News tonight. No doubt we’ll see Hannity giving Trump an on-air blow job.

Moral Compass

img_0274It’s quite clear to anyone who has one, that our president lacks any sort of moral compass. So do many, if not most, of the Republicans in Congress.

Donald Trump’s true north is whatever benefits him and his family, regardless of who or how mant get hurt along the way. How else can you explain how poor and middle class Americans are being thrown overboard while the rich and large corporations are reaping huge benefits from the corruption that has engulfed the executive and legislative branches of our government?

Ultra rich Republican donors now control the government of the United States. Their almighty dollars that they contribute to conservative causes are transforming this country into an autocratic theocracy.

But what is even more shocking to me are those who claim the loudest that they live their lives by the word of God. Evangelical Christians are people who are committed to the Christian gospel message that Jesus is the the savior of humanity and who promote the “good news” about Jesus.

8D33D9B3-9EA5-4F7E-847E-7FEBC36DCB71

But these very religious, outwardly pious people who literally consider themselves to be holier than thou, have tossed away their moral compass in favor of political expediency.

They were quick to abandon their morality in order to justify electing a thrice-married, real estate and failed casino mogul who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy and who rarely goes to church.

And then they reached an even higher level of hypocrisy with their staunch support and avid defense of the then candidate for Senate, accused child molester Roy Moore.

185EECA8-FE12-4D9D-8ECE-9EA65ED8ABD3

There is no doubt that the right in America, both political and religious, has abandoned their moral compass. I wonder if they can ever recover it.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “compass.”

The Seven Words You Can’t Say at the CDC

You remember George Carlin’s routine about the seven words you can’t say on TV, right?

Well, you may not yet have heard that the Trump administration is forbidding officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta from using a list of seven words or phrases in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

The forbidden words are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”

Seriously, I’m not making this up.

Policy analysts at the CDC were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting yesterday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing.

The ban is related to the budget and supporting materials that are to be given to CDC’s partners and to Congress, the analyst said.

So it seems that we have truly entered the dystopian world described in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Thank you Donald Trump, the Republican Congress, and all of you deplorables who voted for that moron.

The End of the Blogosphere?

Comedian and political satirist Jordan Klepper, host of Comedy Central’s The Opposition, said on his show a few nights ago, “Net Neutrality isn’t for everyone. It’s not like guns.” Of course, he was being sarcastic. At least I think he was.

I don’t own a gun, but like every one of you who is reading this post, I use the internet. A lot.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is going to vote today on whether or not to repeal “Net Neutrality.” In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a term used to describe a set of regulations designed to ensure that all information flowing over the internet is treated equally. It means companies cannot block websites or offer certain companies faster loading speeds for money. Net Neutrality prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any content, applications, or websites you want to use.

Here’s a short video that helps explain Net Neutrality and what’s at stake.

If Net Neutrality is rolled back, ISPs would be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings. For example, now that Verizon owns Yahoo, it could force you to use Yahoo as your search engine. If you wanted to use Google instead, you might have to pay more to use it.

Under President Obama, the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules, giving internet users equal protections. But President Trump wants to roll back everything Obama accomplished while he was president. Because, well, Trump hates Obama.

Trump appointed Ajit Pai as chairman of the FCC, and Pai is on record for wanting to end Net Neutrality. The FCC is made up of five commissioners appointed by the sitting president and right now Republicans have a 3-2 majority. All three of the Republican commissioners are going to vote to repeal Net Neutrality. So today, the FCC is likely to do Trump’s bidding.

This is yet another GOP giveaway to large corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us. And for those of us who are bloggers, this could also mean the end of the blogosphere as we know it.

So what can we do to protect the internet? Probably not much in the short-term. But in the longer-term, we can vote to get the damn Republicans out of the White House and Congress.