Also known in Greek mythology as the Titan Goddess Themis—a beloved figure in ancient Athens.
Themis was hailed far and wide as the divine authority on justice, law-and-order, and the preservation of the natural order of things. She had three symbolic features that continue to reside in thousands of hall of justices to this day: a blindfold, a scale and a sword.
The blindfold means justice should be impartial, the scale means justice should be evenly distributed, and the sword means that respect for the other two goals should be enforced.
Anyone who can spell “history” understands that despite the noble intentions of Themis’ symbols, human justice has never been impartial, much less even.
Take the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection case. Four lives were lost during the criminal, treasonous assault on the Capitol Building that day. Millions of dollars in damage was done as the predominantly white supremacist crowd of roughly 1,000 roamed the halls of Congress in search of the Vice President to hang him and in search of the Speaker of the House to murder her. Five additional people, all Capitol police officers, died in the wake of the coup attempt.
As of this date, 725 of the insurrectionists have been arrested, mostly on minor offenses. Politico reported as of January 6, 2022, only 71 of those arrested have been sentenced for their guilty plea admitted crimes. Sixty-four of the 71 sentences thus far handed down through Justice Department arranged “plea deals” have been for misdemeanor offenses—and only 30 of those actually received jail time. The others received probation or home confinement.
Compare that insurrection “justice” to the criminal “justice” meted out to Allen Russell in Forrest County, Mississippi. Russell was arrested in November 2017 in Hattiesburg for possession of 30 grams of marijuana. Having two prior convictions (one for a 2004 burglary and the other for a 2015 unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon), Russell was sentenced to life without parole as a “violent habitual offender” under Mississippi law. That sentence was upheld by an en banc Mississippi court of Appeals in May 2021—just four months after the Capitol insurrection occurred.
That is the true face of American justice—a small-time “petty criminal” with no political affiliations receives a life without parole sentence for 30 grams of marijuana while a violent treasonous insurrectionist hell-bent on lynching the Vice President and murdering the House Speaker receives “home detention”—and who incidentally had the temerity to recently ask his sentencing judge if he could spend 10 days with his online girlfriend in Jamaica.
The Attorney General of the United States recently told the American public that the Justice Department is prepared to pursue the “facts” and hold to account all those responsible for the “1/6 insurrection,” regardless of who they are.
If you get suckered into believing that “deal,” then you may as well purchase that ocean front property in Arizona.
Meanwhile, in the melting pot of justice, Allen Russell is serving his life without parole sentence in a violent prison system while one of the 1/6 insurrectionists bemoans the fact from his jail cell that one hundred thousand people did not show up in Washington on the one year anniversary of the Capitol riot to demand his release as a “true American Patriot.”
The tragic bottom line: roughly 30 to 40 million Americans with Republican Party affiliations in fact believe that the 1/6 insurrectionists are indeed American Patriots while they simultaneously believe that the Allen Russell’s are criminals.