The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

The American Justice System Is A Joke, And It Needs To Change

Here is why you should want to change the courts, too.

In case you haven't noticed, the American justice system is a joke. There is absolutely no "justice" about it. You may think it only has to do with murderers going free and innocent people on death row. While that is unexplainably terrible, it can also hit a lot closer to home than you might think.

Personally, I am involved in a civil case.

A woman owes me money via contract, and I am just trying to get what I am owed in the most peaceful way. I filed a court case, and hoped that I could attain my money without any threats from her. Seven months later, I am still trying to get her served because she can run to another place or just not answer the doorbell, and I can't actually do anything to get my money back.

I have the contract. I have all of the information. Yet, since she wants to run across a state border, I am helpless. No one wants to assist me unless I pay them a hefty lawyer's fee. She possessed a stolen item from me as well. When the cops found it, they let her off with a warning and THREW AWAY my possession.

A close person to me recently got assaulted, and I was a witness to the situation. The person who did it lives out of state, so guess what: They can't do anything about it. A person gets away with ATTACKING an innocent person in the street. It is currently getting swept under the rug by the establishment where it occurred, because they are scared of the negative publicity.

If those past two stories don't make you realize how much the justice system absolutely sucks, then I don't know what will.

Those are just stories that I am involved in. What about ones that people around me are involved in that I don't even know about? What about a family member of yours that can't get any justice unless they want to pay their life savings to a lawyer or private detective? America needs a lot of reform, but personally, I am tired of the bad guy always winning.

People keep telling me to just let it go and use it as a life lesson, but if people keep just letting these things go, there will NEVER be a change.

People are getting away with so many crimes because of these invisible things we like to call "borders." Just because one person runs to another state, the justice system just says "Oh well, they're invisible now," and gives up. It gets put on the innocent plaintiff to find them, which can honestly end up really bad. If people are running from the law, do you really think they will handle it well when they find out people are still trying to find them? No.

Let's look at the case of Ezekiel Elliott, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He got accused of sexual assault, and then the NFL suspended him for six games. That is their regulation. Elliott got so many appeals, he actually got to prolong his sentence for MONTHS.

Do you think that the average person could appeal several times on someone else's dime? No. It's laughable to even think that could happen. Elliott is famous and plays a sport, so he is above everyone else? He gets to waste our money so that he can still play his game after getting charged with sexually assaulting more than one woman?

All I am asking is that people start reflecting what is really going on out there. Start realizing that the courts don't do the justice they are designed to do. Stop letting crimes go under the radar, such as the one with my close friend, simply because a place doesn't want to "look bad."

Do something about it. Go to your representatives. Help people out when they say they are trying to serve papers to the defendant peacefully. Do what you can to help provide justice, since our courts clearly can't do it.

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I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

Stop judging me for it.

Like most people, I turned 18 years old during the course of my senior year of high school. I’ll never forget the months prior to my birthday, though, because I spent hours making a decision that would be with me forever, the decision of where I would go to get my first tattoo and where that tattoo would go, and of course I spent a lot of time deciding on the font, the colors, and all of the other aspects of the tattoo I wanted. Throughout this time, two things stood firm 1) the fact that I was going to get a tattoo, and 2) the six letter name that it would consist of.

Now, three years later, I’m 21 years old and I still get the occasional dirty look at church on Sunday or in line at Walmart, and more often than not this look is accompanied by the following words: “Why would you do that to your body when God says not to?” A few weeks ago at a new church, a woman came up to me and said, “How can you consider yourself a Christian when you have that blasphemous thing on your foot?”, I simply smiled at her and said: “God bless you, have a good week.” I let it roll off of my back, I’ve spent the past three years letting it “roll off of my back”… but I think it’s time that I speak up.

When I was 8 years old, I lost my sister. She passed away, after suffering from Childhood Cancer for a great deal of my childhood. Growing up, she had always been my best friend, and going through life after she passed was hard because I felt like even though I knew she was with me, I didn’t have something to visually tribute to her – a way to memorialize her. I, being a Christian and believing in Heaven, wanted to show my sister who was looking down on me that even though she was gone – she could still walk with me every day. I wanted it for me, for her. I wanted to have that connection, for her to always be a part of who I am on the outside – just as much as she is a part of who I am on the inside.

After getting my tattoo, I faced a lot of negativity. I would have Leviticus 19:28 thrown in my face more times than I cared to mention. I would be frowned on by various friends, and even some family. I was told a few times that markings on my body would send me to hell – that was my personal favorite.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

The more I heard these things, the more I wanted to scream. I didn’t though. I didn’t let the harsh things said about me and my choice change the love I have for the Lord, for my sister, or for the new precious memento on my left foot. I began to study my Bible more, and when I came to the verse that had been thrown in my face many times before – I came to a realization. Reading the verses surrounding verse 28, I realized that God was speaking to the covenant people of Israel. He was warning them to stay away from the religious ways of the people surrounding them. Verse 28 wasn’t directed to what we, in today’s society, see as tattoos – it was meant in the context of the cultic practice of marking one’s self in the realm of cultic worship.

26 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29 ‘Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 ‘You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 19:26–31

The more I have studied my Bible over the past few years, the more I pity those who rely on one verse in the Old Testament to judge and degrade those, like myself, who made the decision to get a tattoo for whatever reason they may have for doing so. This is because, you see, in the New Testament it is said that believers are not bound by the laws of the Old Testament – if we were, there would be no shellfish or pork on the menus of various Christian homes. While some see tattoos as a modification of God’s creation, it could also be argued that pierced ears, haircuts, braces, or even fixing a cleft lip are no different.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24-25

In Galatians, we read that the Old Testament law was created to lead people to Jesus. However, we know that Jesus has come and died on the cross for our sins. He has saved us, therefore we are no longer held to this law in order to have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Him comes from believing that Jesus came to Earth to die on a cross for our sins, and repenting of our sins – accepting Jesus as our Savior.

I am a Christian, I have a relationship with the Lord that is stronger than it has ever been, and - I HAVE A TATTOO.

I have a beautiful memento on my left foot that reminds me that my sister walks with me through every day of my life. She walked with me down the red carpet at my senior prom, she walked with me across the stage the day I graduated from high school, and she continues to be with me throughout every important moment of my life.

My tattoo is beautiful. My tattoo reminds me that I am never alone. My tattoo is perfect.

Stop judging me for it.

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To Fathers Acting like Parents, Not Strangers

You are a rare breed.


Thank you for everything that you are; for knowing that it is better to try to be there than to be absent entirely; for loving your children instead of teaching them not to love themselves.

"Father": there are many that vacate this title. Either they don't know what it means or they do and simply do not want to take on the role. It's "too much" for them. Tell me, is a father's presence too much for him or is his absence too much for the children? Who hurts more? The fathers at least had something to let go of, but a child never had anything to hold onto. Perhaps now their small hands only grasp the notion of a family, but even then, the concept is too big for them to wrap their fingers around.

So thank you for not letting your children's childhood lay as a corpse in a casket. Thank you for showing them that they are not some part-time job. Thank you for letting them know that they weren't a job to begin with; that loving them iseasy and difficult— but never impossible. Thank you for staying and making your presence worth it.

Thank you.

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