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I remember studying about the history of the U.S. government in high school, yet I just sort of, ‘took it all for granted’ in that I just accepted it as ‘the way things are’ and ‘the way they ought to be’. It’s quite fascinating to ‘revisit’ these points now, and considering everything from a starting point of equality. It’s cool now, to look at what we’ve done in the past and have a look at why/how it didn’t work, it’s great from a ‘here’s what not to do’ perspective.
So our government, the U.S. that is, was basically founded by some guys, some rich white guys to be more accurate, who sat down to make up some rules on how we shall live in this country. Fascinatingly, even though in the Declaration of Independence from Britain (lol, which I am just realizing, is not actually possible, you can’t actually be independent of anything in this world as we’re all here existing in the same system, our economies together making one economy) they wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”- people were anything but treated or considered equally. We still had slavery, the out-in-the-open obvious kind (Now slavery has been upgraded so that the ‘plantation owners’, so to speak, don’t have to house and feed you, they give you money to deal with that yourself, and so that you will perceive yourself as not enslaved, hahaha).
So, obviously the main point, the main problem within the government that was created, is that it doesn’t consider the point of Equality. In fact, that’s the problem with all the governments at this point, that will have to be corrected. And that is going to take some time.
To continue on the topic of studying the Judicial system, what I’ve learned is how laws are enforced- basically its up to the courts, the judges, to decide how to apply the law to each case that comes before them. Lawyers go through past cases to find cases that support or seem to support the point they are arguing for, and that is how they ‘make their case’, they ‘plead their case’ and it’s up to the judge, or jury as the case may be, to finally determine how to apply the law in a particular situation.
So, those who blame the ‘government’ for the laws ‘they’ make, realize that the laws are somewhat general points, and it’s within the courts with the lawyers and judges where those laws are actually decided how they will apply.