Our courtrooms are public spaces. Historically, courtrooms are among the most sacred of public grounds and our founding fathers, and generations of lawyers and statesmen since our country’s founding took great risk and fought long odds to protect the foundation and legacy that in this country trials occur in the full view of the public glare.
Our country has been lost, in large measure by my estimation, because the people took too much for granted. In the good times we, the public, the stewards of the Constitution, the keepers of our own liberty turned our backs on staying involved, remaining vigilant and holding people, officials and the entire system accountable.
When We The People abandoned the public square and conceded the sacred territory of our statehouses, our courtrooms all of that territory, all of those spaces were consumed by partisan activists, corporations and officials, both elected and appointed who used our government our republic, our freedoms to fulfill their own self interest. In prior epochs of our nation’s history our legislators, our elected and appointed leaders and the leaders of business respected a common interest in protecting liberty and the rule of law and conforming their own self interest to that of the body politic. The memories of that age fade like the fuzzy picture on a small black and white television, a clothes hanger rabbit ear antenna perched and unstable on top.
The statesmen are gone and the patriots and protectors of our most sacred values must choose between daily survival and the consequences of daring to remind others that our liberty and freedom were once symbolized by a torch, a flame held high and proud and brightly, but that flame is dim. And as a commentator noted…..
” Given the current state of things, I’m sure there are a lot of people deliberately deciding to adopt a low profile, politically or socially. A lot of this has to do not so much with politics but what your neighbors or your coworkers will say about you, right? If you tell them something that is actually happening in the world, you will be labeled a conspiracy theorist; they’ll look at you as if you’re crazy. But what about the activists? At a certain stage, the great mass of people will look around for leadership figures. When the economic crisis comes, they’re going to want someone to tell them how to get out of it. They’re not going to know the answers themselves. The question is, will there be activists, leadership figures, proposing the right solutions ““ and how soon will they come along?”
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