'Justice' is the word

Phil Valentine

Phil Valentine

Award Winning Radio Talk Show Host

I found it ironic that Merriam-Webster chose the word 'justice' as its word of the year for 2018. They said in a statement, "The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice." Then they mentioned some newsworthy events in which they say justice played a role. The Mueller investigation was the most prominent one. They cited the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as another.

Neither case radiated much justice. We've been told for 19 months now that there was some sort of collision between President Trump and the Russians. Now we're bogged down in a debate over whether or not hush money to a mistress constitutes a campaign contribution. If so, what kind of campaign work did Stormy Daniels do for the money? 

Then there's Brett Kavanaugh. Not much justice there. Oh yes, he made it onto the Supreme Court, but at what cost? His entire life was dragged through the mud. He was made out by the left to be a rapist. His family was put through untold torture and humiliation just because the Democrats in the senate couldn't get past the notion that the president of the United States, whoever he is, gets to pick whomever he chooses for the court, so long as they're qualified. And Justice Kavanaugh most certainly is. Michael Avenatti, the creepy porn lawyer for Stormy Daniels, surfaced during the hearings with supposed bombshell allegations against Kavanaugh that proved to be totally unfounded. Still, the damage was done. Justice?

Too many people measure justice by whether or not they get their way. One of the dictionary definitions of 'justice' is "the administering of deserved punishment or reward." Kavanaugh may have technically gotten the 'reward,' but confirmation to the Supreme Court is not about the individual justice. It's about seating the court with qualified jurists. Where's the deserved punishment? Christine Blasey Ford had not one shred of evidence, and those whom she claimed were witnesses had no recollection of the event in question. Was there any downside for her? Quite the contrary. She walked away with a hefty payday from crowd sourcing and is probably in negations for a huge book deal.

You want to know what justice really is? Justice is allowing the person the American people elected as their president to do his job. Chuck Schumer actually had the audacity to tell President Trump that elections have consequences. This from a leader who just lost the senate again. The president reminded him that elections do have consequences, and that's why we're doing so well. 

Justice is a wall. The wall the American people wanted when they elected Donald Trump president. 

Justice is bringing to a close this endless harassment of the president over Russia. Despite the perjury traps and convictions totally unrelated to Trump, the relentless pursuit of impeachment continues.

Justice is allowing Supreme Court nominees to answer civil questions about their qualifications and not have their reputations torched in the process.

Justice is abiding by an election without snowflakes melting down like it was Armageddon.

Justice is media coverage of a president that isn't 92 percent negative just because those reporting it hate him.

Merriam-Webster based their choice of 'justice' in part on how many people searched for the word on their site. A spokesman for the company said people didn't look up the word because they didn't know how to spell it. They were looking for its true meaning. Perhaps that's because they don't recognize it in today's political landscape.



Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, 
The Phil Valentine Show.



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