The weight of the law is never turned on a member of the ruling elite. Instead, it marshals all the oppressive force it possesses to break anyone who stands in opposition to it.
Would you like a demonstration? Here’s one from the 2020 campaign season:
When [Barack] Obama first ran for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, his initial Republican opponent was Jack Ryan, a man of many achievements and sterling character. However, Ryan had one weak point: he’d once been married to starlet Jeri Ryan, she of the impressive bosom and minimal acting talent. The two had gone through a contentious divorce. The records of that divorce were sealed by mutual consent under a judge’s order, to protect their children from a barrage of innuendo…but Obama’s handmaidens in the Illinois press persuaded a judge to open them. The consequences included Ryan’s withdrawal from the race and the unaccomplished and relatively unknown Obama’s election over emergency replacement Republican candidate Alan Keyes.
Whereas, in contrast:
Joe Biden’s sexual assault accuser, Tara Reade, is calling for the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee and former senator to authorize the University of Delaware to release locked-away staff records pertaining to his 36 years in the Senate.
In interviews this week, she said these records may contain the official complaint form she filed after Biden allegedly sexually assaulted her in 1993.
“I’m calling for the release of the documents being held by the University of Delaware that contain Biden’s staff personnel records because I believe it will have my complaint form, as well as my separation letter and other documents,” she said Tuesday to Fox News.
“Maybe if other staffers that have tried to file complaints would come to light — why are they under seal? And why won’t they be released to the public?”
Why mention this now? Because there’s a case of immediate importance:
Democratic senator Raphael Warnock asked a Georgia judge on Tuesday to seal his contentious child custody dispute from the public, arguing that because he is “currently running for reelection” his opponent could use the case to “gain some political advantage,” according to a court motion obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Warnock made the request in a joint motion with his ex-wife, Oulèye Ndoye, following renewed media attention on their divorce. Warnock and Ndoye said in the filing that there is an “overriding interest that is likely to prejudice the parties and their minor children if hearings relating to modification of custody is not closed.” The motion says Warnock is a “public figure serving in a political office” and “is currently running for reelection for said political office.”
“[Warnock’s] opposition is utilizing the public records in order to gain some political advantage or gain,” said the filing, adding that their children could be “harmed by any unstable person who sympathizes” with his opponent.
If the judge agrees to seal the records, it could allow Warnock to avoid a messy public domestic battle while he is facing one of the most competitive races of the midterm elections.
What do you suppose Jack Ryan would have to say about this?
Isabel Paterson, in her masterwork The God of the Machine, drew a sharp distinction between Societies of Status, in which identity is superior to law, and Societies of Contract, in which law is superior to identity. The United States was conceived as a Society of Contract, where the law ignores assertions of personal status. At least, that’s how it was supposed to be. The reality of today is quite different.
When criminals take command of the State, the law is transformed from a tool of justice to a tool for securing advantages to the criminals. Not all criminals prosper in this fashion; there are “insiders” and “outsiders,” of course. The salient point is that the “justice system” no longer deems justice its highest priority. It becomes at best a secondary consideration, subordinate to protecting the persons, privileges, and prerogatives of the ruling elite.
This provides the analyst with a simple, binary test for the political health of a society. Do accused members of the ruling class get special treatment from prosecutors and courts? If so, you have been informed that the “justice system” no longer serves justice…and there’s only one breed of creature that finds that to be a desirable state of affairs.
Just a few early-morning thoughts, Gentle Reader. As you go through this Good Friday of the Year of Our Lord 2022, keep in mind that Christ was crucified for preaching without a permit.
Reflect, and pray.