Equal Justice Under The What?

Written by Michael Cummings on February 1, 2019

“Four simple words are engraved above the doors to the Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under Law. That’s supposed to be the basic promise of our legal system: that our laws are just, and that everyone — everyone — will be held equally accountable if they break those laws.

We haven’t always fulfilled that promise — but it is the absolute standard to which we hold ourselves even when we fall short.”

–Prominent United States Senator, 2016

Encyclopedias could be written to document the inequities of justice throughout America. We see celebrities and wealthy people, politicians, and anyone with a good lawyer get charged with lesser crimes than most of think they should be charged with, and then receive a sentence worthy of the most inspiring eye roll.

Don’t misunderstand, famous people like Dinesh D’Souza do get the book thrown at them. It’s true, D’Souza broke a campaign finance law by illegally reimbursing a friend for a campaign donation to a candidate; to this day, he admits this. But in America where ridiculous laws no one follows has become a proverb, and for which precious few are convicted and sentenced, D’Souza’s case is clearly a result of Barack Obama’s parchment-thin skin (his movie scorched the former president). Thankfully, he was pardoned by President Trump last year.

Let’s take a broader look, and consider how the federal government treats state governments, specifically in the illegal immigration arena. From Gavin Newsom, former San Francisco mayor and now governor of California:

California’s new governor is promising the most populous state will be a “sanctuary to all who seek it” in a direct affront to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom challenged the Trump administration repeatedly as he was sworn in to office Monday, particularly on immigration.

The former San Francisco mayor became the state’s 40th governor, succeeding the term-limited Jerry Brown.

“People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the balance,” Newsom, 51, told a crowd of hundreds packed into a tent outside the state Capitol.

To any Democrat, this is okay. To America-loving patriots, this is not.

Now examine what then-President Obama and his Justice department did to then-governor of Arizona Jan Brewer (emphasis mine):

The controversial Arizona immigration omnibus law known as Senate Bill 1070 was signed into law in April 2010.

The controversy apparently ended Thursday when the state of Arizona entered into agreement with a coalition of civil-rights organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union over the last disputed parts of the legislation.

Before the law even went into effect, major parts of SB 1070 were halted by a U.S. District Court judge in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. And most of the rest — along with other state immigration laws regarding human smuggling and denying bond to undocumented immigrants — was whittled away in subsequent federal court rulings that said immigration control was the business of federal government, not individual states.

Recap: Democrats can dictate immigration, anyone else is hauled into court.

There are scores of other examples, some more egregious than others. Why did it take an FBI SWAT team to bring in Roger Stone? Why is Paul Manafort in solitary confinement?

As so many have pointed out, if lying to Congress deserves jail time, why haven’t the following been officially charged?

James Clapper Hillary Clinton James Comey Andrew McCabe Loretta Lynch Eric Holder Peter Strzok Lisa Page

Do we have equal justice under the law in the United States? Not only no, but hell no, and we haven’t for a long time. That “Prominent Senator” I quoted in the beginning? Elizabeth Warren

Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.