There is no greater need in the world than justice -justice granted, not justice denied.

So why then is justice so frequently denied? Why do we frequently get it backwards? There are essentially two reasons.

1. One of the causes is confirmation bias -and we should all know what that looks like.
2. The other cause is more subtle, and I call it, "hindsight delusion".

What is hindsight delusion? It is essentially everything inferred by the common refrain, 'hindsight is 20/20'.

Who amongst us has failed to surmise that it's easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened? The presumption of course is that we cannot predict the future, but what on earth does that have to do with "doing the right thing"? The truth is, absolutely nothing, and we need to stop dropping excuses for our mistakes and start to be accountable and responsible for our actions.

Hindsight is not 20/20 because the past should be our teacher, not our master. Awareness is 20/20 -develop that or listent to somebody who is in fact aware.

The current lack of awareness is astonishing and the bizarre manner in which we talk about our Supreme Court Justices behooves us to deride what is clearly a grotesque lack of credulity.

Despite popluar delusion, the Supreme Court is not occupied by Liberals and Conservatives. It is staffed by people who are supposed to be impartial, independent and judicious. There is no room for partisanship or for defying the rule of law through rhetoric, which is in fact, a stand-in for justice. Be accountable, or be impeached -that's the only choice in a nation that is governed by the rule of law.

With respect to the current tendency to confirm partisans, we should listen to the voices of people like the former dean of Yale Law School, who said, "Kavanaugh's very presence will undermine the court's claim to legitimacy; it will damage the nation's commitment to the rule of law. It will be an American tragedy."

The legitimacy of the court has been severely compromised by partisanship and instead of exposing the obvious, journalists like Gloria Berger and Dana Bash promote a rather bizarre, false equivalency, which blames Democrats and Republicans alike for the current disregard for the rule of law, even though this is clearly not a partisan isssue.

Why do some in the media sound more like Republican Party strategists rather than independent journalists?

Former Republican, Tom Nichols, accurately described the character of deceptive pundits when he said; "The Trumpsters and the hucksters and the consultants and the hangers-on, like a colony of bees who exist only to sting and die, have swarmed together in a dangerous but suicidal cloud, and when that mindless hive finally extinguishes itself in a blaze of venom, there will be nothing left."

Terms like "equality under the law", "justice for all", and "equal protection under the law" are not just words. They reflect enduring, inviolable principles and Kavanaugh is not fit to understand nor to apply the law as it should. Kavanaugh has never even practiced law in any court, he was just a law clerk who was appointed to the bench by George Bush.

Excellence has to be demonstrated, not proclaimed by agenda-driven partisans like Bush, who used the Supreme Court to steal an election.

Today's Republicans, and Kavanaugh is one of them, are getting it backwards. They act like the rule of law is exclusively about their partisan agenda and that is a deep delusion that has turned the current Republican Party into an echo chamber of lunatics.

With respect to the widespread disregard for the rule of law, the mounting uproar over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is the latest wake-up call because it further substantiates the fact that Saudi Arabia's grotesque ethical lapses have come home to roost.

In 2016, Saudi Arabia had banned Jamal Khashoggi from writing in newspapers, making TV appearances and attending conferences, for criticising US President-elect Donald Trump, and his murder was merely a natural progression of those who routinely seek to impose their will through violence -the only surprise is that he survived for as long as he did.

The Saudis had banned Jamal Khashoggi from writing in newspapers, making TV appearances and attending conferences, and his murder was consequently nothing more than a simple confirmation.

Washington and Saudi Arabia are bossom buddies and mutual interest atrocities implicate both nations, without distinction.

In his final column, Khashoggi laments ĎArab governments have been given free reiní to silence media and as long as Trump acts like he agrees, what is the difference between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America? Doesn't one nation strain credulity in the very same manner as the other?

Indeed, a Saudi lawyer left no room to doubt that when he said, "Khashoggi filed documents in the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Huston they could not touch him until he went to Turkey the Saudis Got the Green light from Trump to act."

The partnership between President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia is strong and it is time to dismantle both regimes.


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