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CDR: Justice and Fairness

“A child of five would understand this.  Send someone to fetch a child of five.”

~Groucho Marx

“But it’s not FAIR!” cry five-year-olds world-wide.

Loosely translated into adult-speak, five-year-olds world-wide mean, “I WANT!” And as anyone who has reared children can attest, the protest is invariably rooted in coveting what some other five-year-old has or is doing and usually ends up involving some kind of bad behavior to get what they want.

So, does anyone doubt that politicians who promise “fairness” are pandering to the Citizen’s inner five-year-old child?


 And what of Justice? Well, while the words ‘fair’ and ‘fairness’ appear nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or in Constitution of the United States — nor in any of the Amendments — Justice is an essential part of the very mission statement for this country, as set out in the Preamble:

 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 As you can see, job number one under The Constitution is to “establish justice,” to set up the “legal system” to be used for, as Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it: “the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.”

And just how is the system of justice to be established? Actually, a five-year-old could understand it . . . . Quick, send someone to fetch a child of five . . . .

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