Posts tagged ‘Justice’

May 18, 2011

Justice and Injustice

by Vince

H/T: riotsnotdiets and Chris Heuertz

May 12, 2011

A Christian Proposal for the American Debt Crisis

by Vince


  • We must cut federal spending. That will include corporate and agricultural subsidies, the defense budget and salary increases of federal employees. But it does not mean cutting effective programs that empower poor Americans or contribute internationally to economic development or the advancement of health. Neither does it mean neglecting appropriate investments in things like education and infrastructure.
  • We must control healthcare expenses. This is a most difficult problem and it cannot be ignored. We must find a way simultaneously to respect individual choice, ensure quality health care for everyone, and stop spending an ever-higher percent of our GDP on medical costs. Everyone must be willing to sacrifice.
  • We must make Social Security sustainable. We can slowly increase the retirement age, modestly reduce benefits for more wealthy seniors, and increase the amount of income taxed to pay for Social Security.
  • We must reform the tax code. We should remove many special exemptions, end many special subsidies, and keep the tax code progressive.
April 15, 2011

Budget Priorities

by Vince

Ezra Klein calls out the GOP for their priorities that protect the super rich at the cost of the poor. Choosing to cut programs mainly dealing with the poor and leaving unscathed tax cuts for the rich and military funding is worth criticism:

The Pentagon is burning through a lot more cash than Head Start. Medicare spends much more for health services than Medicaid. The mortgage-interest tax deduction is regressive, as is the deduction for employer-based health care, but as of yet, Republicans haven’t proposed reforming either. Again, I’m not saying Republicans don’t care about poor people. But so far, their policy proposals don’t. And you can’t chalk it up to an appetite for sacrifice, because for all that the GOP is asking from the poor, they’ve fought hard to protect the rich from having to make any sacrifices. So far, it’s been program cuts for the poor and tax cuts for the rich. It’s a disappointing set of priorities.

And this is the GOP – the party that claims to be the religious one, the one who has a monopoly on God and biblical morals. Has the biblical idea of justice been muted by this predominantly white group?

Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims — laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. What will you have to say on Judgment Day, when Doomsday arrives out of the blue? Who will you get to help you? What good will your money do you?  (Isaiah 10:1-3, The Message)

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April 11, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

“When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint; when I asked why there were so many poor, they called me a communist.” -Roman Catholic bishop Dom Helder Camara (from Brazil)

April 6, 2011

Muting the word “Justice” in The Bible

by Vince

“One reason (for justice being almost left out of much of today’s Christianity) is the long period of time during which Christianity was the religion of the dominant culture. It began with the Roman emperor Constantine’s embrace of Christianity in the fourth century and lasted until recently. During these centuries, the “powers that be” were Christian. So long as the wedding of Christianity and dominant culture continued, Christians seldom engaged in radical criticism of the social order. Instead, personal salvation in the hereafter was the primary message, an emphasis that continues to this day in many parts of the church.” -Marcus J. Borg in The Heart of Christianity (p.127)

This then goes on with America’s view of the word justice, which usually ties in with criminals deserving punishment.

October 21, 2010

Question of the Week

by Vince

Define justice. Email me at vgiordano at gmail dot com.

August 14, 2010

Gitmo: The Beat Goes On

by Vince

Harpers tells of Osama Bin Laden’s cook who has “sentenced” to 15 years in prison at Guantanamo Bay:

The cases of al-Qosi and child warrior Omar Khadr, now underway, highlight America’s current prosecutorial dilemma. Any prosecutor worth his salt would want to start the process just as Justice Jackson did at the end of World War II: with high-profile targets against whom powerful evidence has been assembled. But nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri remain at large. Thus the world is shown not the mastermind of a heinous crime but a short-order cook and a 15-year-old child who offers credible evidence that he was tortured in U.S. custody. The spectacle is so pathetic that we can understand why those running it want to turn to carnival tricks to conceal the unseemly reality.

I appreciate what Scott Horton says, especially since I just watched Nuremberg and enjoyed all three hours of it. It should be noted that even though al-Qosi was merely bin Laden’s cook, he had to have some inside information and be somewhat valuable to bin Laden to be in his inner circle. Horton makes a good point as he refer’s to Justice Jackson: Jackson mulled over what to do with the city of Nuremberg and it’s ecumenical role in the Holocaust. He said that he preferred going after 22 men and putting together 22 solid cases based off of the evidence. I don’t think we can simply discredit this because of his role as a cook but it is disheartening that Osama is still out free. Remember, we still haven’t given up.