I don't often forward things written
by others. Heaven knows our emailboxes overflow with enough forwardings as
it is. However, the piece below ("Due Process is Broken") is so important
that I am making an exception today. I don't have a clue who the author,
Henry Jake Morgan, is and I don't much care. What he says is so true
and so well said that it deserves to be spread around. You'll notice that
it sounds a lot like what I say from time to time.
Let me say it again. I'm a
lawyer. I'm inside the system and have been here for a long time.
Everybody has the impression that the legal system is broken. As I am fond
of saying - you don't have any idea how bad things really are. It is
broken...irretrievably broken...irremedially unfair, unjust and
inaccessible. Trust me - I know what I am talking about.
I take the cases that I do in order
to make a statement to as many people as possible. No way can I change
anything one case at a time. I realize that. What I can do, however
- what my unique contribution can be - is to use a politically-incorrect case to
illustrate just how bad things are. Go to jail for saying the "N" word is
one example. Go to jail for "kidnapping" your own kids is another.
There are many others, but those are my current obsessions.
In the process, I get tarred and
feathered along with my clients. A small price to pay. But, this I
can do. Therefore, I must do it. And I
will do it. Until finally, as it inevitably must, as it has done with
so many other lawyers who buck it, the system decides to dispense with
I do my best to help the individuals
involved in those cases, of course, and I like to think that I make a very
serious difference in their lives. That gives me immense
satisfaction. However, the major thing I look for in the flood of cases
that come at me every day is a mix of facts and circumstances calculated to
outrage even the most somnolent lemming. That is what wakes up
the fence sitters, and there are so many of them. I hear from them every
day. Our ranks are growing, rest assured.
And, I am only one man. I must
also earn a living for my family. I can really only handle one
high-profile case pro bono at a time. That means I must pass on a
great many cases involving injustice and good people. A great
many. That disturbs me. But, remember, the system is broken.
Those individuals that float by me,
doomed to be sucked under and devoured, are the flotsam and jetsam from the
shipwreck that our society has become.
Meanwhile, the great masses of
lemmings who have not yet become tyrannized are living on borrowed time
while they continue to rearrange the deck chairs on a ship which has not
yet fully sunk. They are the ones to whom I am
It's not just the legal system,
though it is the glue that holds all of society together. Everything is
broken now. Government at all levels. Religion. Family.
At some point, you have to step back
and see the pattern that emerges. Could all of this have come to pass by
accident? Think about it. Broken? Yes, from the perspective of
so many. But from the viewpoint of many minority interests, the system is
only somewhat dysfunctional. Kenneth Lay is among them. To
a very small, select group, everything is just as it should be. Bush
the Second is one of them.
I see so much CRAP that passes for
"solutions" being offered up by every stripe of patriot, rebel, malcontent,
religious zealot - crap that masquerades under legal mumbo jumbo. You see
it all the time. UCC filings to protect our children and
our assets is a current fad. That one doesn't even pretend ever to have
been functional. Trust me - it is an absolute and total waste of time and
The most deceiving are those that
actually used to work or still work when wielded by the "right" people or
for the "right" causes (hate crime law enforcement, for example). In fact,
the entire legal system fits in this category.
One nation, no longer under God,
with liberty for none and justice for some.
There is no using the system to fix
the system. Get that message, once and for all. It is too late to
bail water. It is time to abandon ship.
New America. An idea whose
time has come.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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Due Process Is
You bet I'm berating the "so-called" "patriots." They are, while
their hearts may be in the right place, as a rule, being so meatheaded about
this as to be virtually useless in effecting a viable solution. They are
generally so enamoured of their pet theories that they refuse to see the forest
for the trees. They each have a pet tree that they think is "the real deal", the
net result of which is that they wind up in jail where they can't help even if
they wanted to.
Virtually ALL of the "patriot" theories dictate solutions which demand the
use of due process and "DUE PROCESS IS BROKEN." How many times are you
going to beat your head against the wall (get screwed over by a judge) before
you wake up to the fact that DUE PROCESS IS BROKEN and it can't be fixed by
using BROKEN DUE PROCESS?
Wake up and smell the coffee. GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN. And you can't fix
broken government with broken government any more than you can fix a broken car
with that same broken car. You've gotta fix a broken car with something senior
to that broken car, like a wrench (that built the broken car to begin
You guys keep on running up the same cattle shute to a dead end over and
over and over and over. (I've been there and done that.) You keep trying
new and more esoteric theories; you do research upon research, upon research.
You think that you MUST be making some minor technical mistakes. You keep
tweaking your paperwork, sharing "new and novel" "discoveries." Then you put
together your ULTIMATE ULTIMATE package ......and do what?
You put it right into that same broken cattle shute again and charge up san
juan hill with all of your guns blazing and go right down the shute into the
garbage bin again.
When are you going to realize, it's not your cases that are lacking. IT'S
THE SHUTE THATS BUSTED. Your "employees" have converted the due process shute
into a garbage shute. Go ahead, keep jumping in the garbage shute if you want
to. KNOCK YOURSELF OUT.
Most so-called patriots have their heads so far up their butts that all
they can see is their own teeth and tonsils. So much so that trying to get
them to get behind a real solution (Like J.A.I.L. or FIJA) is not only a waste
of time, but an actual obstruction (a rock in the road) to actually getting
something worthwhile done. I don't even try to recruit them. (And I AM one, and
know quite a few.) For every "patriot" out there, there are a thousand pissed
off non-patriot folks who have been victimized by the courts and who are
thunderstruck and overjoyed to just entertain the thought of putting some judge
behind bars. I can recurit 100 of them while I'm arguing with one BULLHEADED
Their ("patriots") unwillingness (or inability) to recognize a viable
solution when it comes along is MONUMENTAL. They've all been looking at
the problem for so long with a microscope that they have tunnelvision and can't
or won't step back and look at the big picture. (Or they really, deep down, like
things the way they are and actually don't want the problem solved at
The big picture is that the problem isn't a legal one. It is a political
one. The constitutions must be amended. The People made the Constitution, and
only The People can fix it. The plaintiff or defendant can't. It's that
So if you must insist on spending your life digging in lawbooks and living
in jail cells - GO FOR IT. But quit whining about it. Shut up and let the rest
of us get on with fixing the problem.
LEAD,.......FOLLOW,.........OR GET ... OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!!