Declaration of Independence

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. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Do Americans Receive Equal Justice Under the Law?

The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is that all people are equal before the law. This site claimed that the words “Equal Justice Under Law” are “inscribed on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.? The words come from Amendment Fourteen and have much to do with civil rights. However, they do not appear to be applied equally under the Biden Department of Justice. 

The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump, under the guise of national security because he classified information locked up in his home. They even searched through the closet of former First Lady Melania Trump and the bedroom of Barron Trump, the teenage son.

However, the FBI did not raid the home of President Joe Biden’s private home in Delaware or any of his other private homes. Classified information was discovered at the Penn Biden Center, and three more batches of classified information were found in his home in Delaware. Biden’s personal lawyers were allowed to search for documents until last week when the FBI finally went into Biden’s home – not in a raid – and found a fifth stash of classified material.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsels over both Trump’s case and Biden’s case. There are many similarities and many differences between the two cases. Two important differences, in my mind, are the way that the documents were stored and how long they were in the homes.

Trump took his presidential papers with him when he left the White House two years ago. He stored them in a locked closet or room in a home that is protected by the Secret Service. Biden took classified documents home when he was a senator (14 years ago) and when he left the office of vice president (more than six years ago). Some of his documents were locked in a closet at the Penn Biden Center where there is no Secret Service protection and in several places in his home, including his garage “beside his Corvette.”

Biden’s drug addict son, Hunter, has been living in the Biden home in Delaware. In addition, the home was used as the campaign headquarters for Biden candidacy in the 2020 presidential campaign. No one seems to know who was coming and going at the Biden home over the fourteen years that classified material was in the home.

A determination has not yet been made public about what was in the classified documents. The seriousness of the Biden case will be determined by the contents of the documents and how those contents affect national security. Trump’s case will most likely be judged on his desire to keep the paperwork and “obstruction.”

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