Friday, April 3, 2009
Freedom Friday 04.03.09
Welcome to Freedom Friday where we discuss the founding principles of America.
Today's principle is: If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
“I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
It seems like these days there are exceptions for everything. If you are rich enough, powerful enough or smart enough then you can get away with just about anything. If you have the right political connections or if you are 'too big to fail' then you get a pass.
Justice no longer exists in our society. Everything is relative. There is no absolute truth anymore. When did truth become a moving target?
John Adams said about our nation, "They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men." How far we have strayed.
I know the AIG bonuses are terribly unpopular. However, they were part of a legally binding contracts. Congress has NO RIGHT to break those contracts regardless of public sentiment. You could argue that the contracts should not have been agreed upon; that's a different argument. The TRUTH is the contracts were knowingly, willingly and legally entered into and must be honored.
Tim "TurboTax" Geithner is another great example. He knowingly signed documents acknowledging that his income was taxable and yet deliberately chose to omit it from his tax returns. If you or I did that we would go to jail for tax evasion. However, Congress and our President would have us believe that Mr. Geithner is so smart and the economy is so bad that we NEED him so we'll just have to overlook the fact that he cheated on his taxes and PUT HIM IN CHARGE OF THE IRS AND ENFORCING THE TAX CODE.
Let's get back to standing firm for truth and justice regardless of whether or not it makes us popular. Let's do the right thing.