We've all heard the chat of "No Justice, No Peace!" Ask yourselves this question: why is it that when I hear this chant it usually come in the form of a demand? People rarely come together to "plea" for justice. Yet, only God knows the number of daily prayer's for the same, justice that is.
It would appear to this writer that there are several means for those wishing for justice. Let's take a look at just three of them here. The plea, prayer and demand for justice. If we examined these three alphabetically we would have to look at the demand, plea, and then the prayer for justice. We all may have different interpretations of the various forms of a call for justice, but lets stick to the three I've set forth. By the mere mention of a "call for justice" I would be adding another means of obtaining this concept and thereby expand the length of this post.
Merriam Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary defines as follows:
Demand- 1a: an act of demanding or asking especially with authority, b: something claimed as due.
Plea- 1. a legal suit or action, 2. an allegation made by a party in support of a cause; as (a) an allegation of fact (b) (1): a defendants answer to a plaintiff's declaration in common-law practice (2) an accused person's answer to a charge or indictment in criminal practice (c) a plea of guilty to an indictment 3. something offered by way of excuse or justification.
Prayer- 1a(1): an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought (2): a set order of words used in praying b: an earnest request or wish.
Surely I am not the only one that can see that the "demand" as the dictionary says is made with authority. When there is a gathering I would presume that said gathering is relying upon the strength of their numbers as one show of their authority. Contrary to what those in power would have us believe, there is authority for those standing alone in their demand.
Yes, one standing alone demanding justice does carry the authority of claiming what he or she claims is due to him or her. In the United States of America we can look to our Constitution for the rights that all citizens, and those within the jurisdiction of this nation, are due. CAUTION: one still can not run into a court of law within the U.S. and just say "I demand justice," why?
Our Constitution appears to this writer to be drafted in the vein of establishing justice, not securing the same as a right. This is evident when it states: "We The People of the United States in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice…" A search of the Constitution reveals that the word "justice" appears in this document some eight times, and to this writer the only other time it appears in the context of which we are concerned is when it states in Article IV, Section 2, ¶2 that: "A person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from justice…"
One of the aims of this blog is to enlighten the viewers to this so-called "appearance of justice." I spoke on this within the posting entitled "Absolute Immunity viaRecusal." There I stated that: "There is a huge difference between the due administration of justice and the appearance of doing justice." Hence, just as a crowd chants "No justice, No Peace," I shout "Appearances of doing justice grants no piece of justice, conceals injustice and harbors treason on the part of judicial officers partaking in said makings of the appearance of doing justice."
To this writer justice comes when all the things that are considered just are followed. Hence, if we are expected to submit to the law, we should be given notice of that law. If that law is written as to give notice, then its application should be a guarantee, and it should work the same each and every time. You've herd it before "So it is written, so it shall be done." So what, you may ask, what does that mean?
So it is written, so it shall be done, becomes a demand now because it has the authority of the law upon which it is written. Get it? I think that's why back in Roman times the ruler was under great pressure to uphold the laws he stated, had written and then enforced.
Please join me later for "Alternative View To A Plea, (part II), where we will continue with Plea vs. Prayer, you won't want to miss it.
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