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Abortion of Justice

Abortion of Justice

This was written in 2012 in response to continuing and escalating authoritarian abuses carried out by the US legal system and the citizens who enable these abuses. As one who has been of long-term interest to said system, I view it critically and without pity – it is not a necessary evil.

Is evil ever necessary? While good must say no, evil will always insist on yes. This is worth noting.

Contrary to proffered promotion, law enforcement is not designed to help the citizens; it is designed to punish particular individuals for certain infractions of specific codes. As a personal example (that I know has many similar examples across the nation), the legal system has punished me many times, most without just cause, but it has never helped me. Where it has punished me with “just cause,” I got a speeding ticket or two over the course of over 40 years’ driving, and more than a few parking tickets.

Where they have punished me unjustly? Setting me up for arrest – grown adults entrapping high school kids. Went to jail for that and paid a huge fine. Had a couple of cops throw a dead body in front of me and then put the fear of meeting God into me, because I knew they knew where to find me and my family. I have had over 25 cops point their loaded guns at me – never arrested, or even accused of anything. This list goes on.

Suffice it to say I am not a fan of the legal system, predominantly because it has never been a friend to me. In my film work I have employed local police officers, and while we got along famously (because I paid them so well), I have found them, pretty much across the board, to be highly disdainful of minorities. Racist is the popular term. (While individual officers have helped the producers of the films I hired them for, the legal system did not, in these instances, directly help me.)

The term “miscarriage of justice” strikes me as disingenuous. Miscarriage is a medical condition, an act of God, and linguistically allows us to smooth over the nastiness of what the legal system does by moving it to a third party, thereby absolving it of responsibility because that mean old God did it.


“Abortion of Justice” places it right back where it belongs, on the hands and heads of those who bring evil to the fore and benefit from its promulgation.


Abortion of Justice

To fit within society

For many a contortion

A tension anxiety

We find ourselves in torsion

Tweaked by our polarities

Try to maintain proportion

Spend less time upon our knees

As we scramble for our portion

Some would advance

Upon other’s decline

Such arrogance

Is seldom benign

One’s circumstance

Must another define

The furtherance

Of the will to malign

The strident stance

Upon the thin blue line

More malfeasance

As corruptions align

Intolerance

And lawmakers combine

Inelegance

A systemic design

Fiefdoms finance

Through collection of fine

Gamed governance

To the black hole consign

The relevance

We no longer enshrine

Through ignorance

Innocence too confine

With acceptance

As blame we assign

Continuance

Systematic decline

Law is poorly served in justice

Based upon distortion

Don’t call it a miscarriage

When it’s clearly an abortion

Abortion of justice

We will get our daze in court

Extortion adjust us

We abide while they distort

Contortion to bust us

Melanin makes guilty sort

Small portion for just us

Justice systems do abort

In the deep south where they drawl

While referrin’ to ya’ all

Talking loud and walking tall

Texan virtue they extol

Racism and alcohol

Ever searching for a brawl

Engines revving brains on stall

Egos huge but IQs small

When answering duty’s call

It’s among the poor they trawl

So far down to make them crawl

Demands little wherewithal

Every black man to befall

Legal system’s hooded pall

Or poor fucker that they sprawl

Tase to transport to the hall

Of law where the crimes appall

Justice gagged against the wall

Someone has to take the fall

The system needs an overhaul

Law is poorly served in justice

Based upon distortion

Don’t call it a miscarriage

When it’s clearly an abortion

Abortion of justice

We will get our daze in court

Extortion adjust us

We abide while they distort

Contortion to bust us

Melanin makes guilty sort

Small portion for just us

Justice systems do abort

It was dark I could not see

The face was oh so shadowy

Blade made it too hard to flee

They all look alike to me

Not white punk on a crime spree

Drifter lacking charity

Sociopathology

Death row knows no liberty

Random held in custody

Black man lined up hands not free

Prompted for identity

They all look alike to me

Convicted by mendacity

Modern form of slavery

Injustice the certainty

We all look alike to me

Abortion of justice

It’s disorder in the court

Distortion, just trust us

When tall tales come up short


Proportion combust us

Deformed in the form of tort

Distortions disgust us

Court where criminals consort

Justice does not miscarry

Blindly allocating doom

It is freedom that we bury

Ripping justice from the womb


The song of the sory here: https://artahammer.bandcamp.com/track/abortion-of-justice


© 2012 Arturo Hammer

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