Hoody for Trayvon, Orange for Women

Today my avatar sports a hoody for Trayvon and is colored orange for women. These two issues are VERY related.

As a woman I know that if a stranger stalked me in his SUV, got out and approached me (with or without a gun) I would run. If he caught me I would fight with everything I had. And, if he shot and killed me he would be innocent in Florida. Yet not so long ago a Florida woman fired a warning shot at her abusive husband and got 20 years. This is not a good example of justice but it is the law.

The law is just whatever the lawmakers make it.

As citizens we need to make the connection between things like gerrymandering, big campaign funders, and the fact that the monied elite draft, distribute, and lobby for law that supports their business strategies.

“Shoot first ask questions later” laws were brought to state legislatures in 2005 by ALEC and its benefactors. In this case, the NRA and its benefactors.

Manipulating the law to sell weapons and ammo is no different than manipulating the law to sell ambulatory surgical center services. Both came from the same place, as did voter suppression strategies. It may not make sense on the surface, it may not even be ethical or moral, but it is legal and it is profitable.

One giant leap for plutocracy… for now. We will #FreeTheElected from the control of big business campaign funders and stop this fashionable trend of law for profit.

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Restore Justice to Law

I have to constantly remind myself that what is LEGAL and what is JUST are only coincidentally related.

The law can and should change as a society evolves. But in our country today, too many legal adjustments have to do with creating advantage over others. Add the example that “tax cuts” become “more taxes” when they expire, the bigger picture is that justice, in the language of law and in the language of society, are on the chopping block. Those powerful enough (wealthy enough) now manipulate words in order to gain benefit and control.

“If you see something, say something.” I see greedy people with dangerous power who cannot and will never see me. I see me, I see you, I see all Americans joining together to restore justice to law.

What do you see? 

Photo courtesy photos-public-domain.com

Photo courtesy photos-public-domain.com