Is our criminal and civil justice system standing true to the intent and meaning of the fifth amendment?
Consider that it did not discriminate between citizen and non-citizen, immigrant and undocumented immigrant, nor did it dilineate race or creed, male or female, young or old.
Though our forefathers were imperfect, white, privileged, male and of a time and mind that swayed their preferences, they wrote the cornerstone of our democracy and the Constitution of the United States in our Bill of Rights. It stands to reason then that for the foundation of this democracy to continue to sanctify our rights, we must be involved at all levels, levels that work naturally for each of us in individual ways that are accepting and real, inclusive and life-affirming.
As Washington wrote:
Vindicate our rights with firmness and cultivate peace with sincerity.
We may not agree with others, but it is another’s actions or ideas that are debatable, not their personage, not their rights to disagree or be true to themselves in ways that are also non-violent. Respect in all scenarios is essential for peace and understanding, so that we can move to vindicate rights for all.
In order to affirm these rights for one, they must be affirmed for all or this cannot be called, in truth, a democracy.