Haupt: Justice and the political machine


 “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.”
– Kin Hubbard, political humorist
For those who are not familiar with Justitia, the symbol of law, she is the badge and emblem that mirrors the values and morals of free men in a nation of lawmakers. She stands for a society where men and women of honor interact with citizens to legislate and rule in the best interests of a written constitution or charter. Justitia symbolizes the allegorical personification of moral judicial systems and accountability for all lawmakers. She sits atop our judicial houses as an emblematic sign that Lady Justice will protect us from abusive laws. She stands as a guardian of the rights and liberties of free men with laws written by free men. She is beautiful but stoically peers out with an impassive face.
“Lady Justice’s beauty is often overlooked until one’s rights have been violated.”
– Nora Seals
As each legislative session comes to an end in our state houses and federal chambers, we always hear about nonsensical accomplishments and excuses why questionably constitutional laws were passed. There are endless lamentations from our representatives about how special interest groups who are anonymously financed influenced legislation through the committees. Yet the bills the citizens desired ended up in the legislative graveyard. That’s when we play the “blame game” like a broken record in a “Happy Days” juke box that the Fonz kicked too many times. “Money; it’s about money”! They whimper we must get high rollers out of politics to fix corruption that’s impeding the legislative process in our local, state, and federal houses.
“The notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The U.S. Supreme Court on January 21, 2010, ruled that the government

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