When the news broke last week that the Trump organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg had been indicted I was moderately elated. I say “moderately,” because the charges are hardly appropriate for the glaring improprieties we saw unfold during the Trump administration.
As one of many examples, the number of Americans who lost their lives due to COVID were far greater than they should have been. By my estimate, the way the former administration downplayed the severity of the virus caused hundreds of thousands of more deaths than there otherwise might have been.
Call it manslaughter on a grand scale
So, how does one begin to even reconcile the vast disparity in justice between a company not paying its taxes to gross misconduct leading to the death of thousands of individuals? Not to mention the fact that this initial indictment was centered only on Wiesselberg and the Trump family business. Indeed, at the moment no other member of the Trump organization seems to be on the radar of being criminally culpable.
We know from remarkable reporting, however, that other criminal charges are likely to follow. We can expect this, because there is already a growing list of individuals who were foolish enough to have associated with our “person of interest.”
“At least 18 people connected to President Trump have been locked up, indicted, or arrested since the real-estate mogul announced his candidacy in 2015.” (According to this article by the Daily Beast.)
A similar scenario is being played out in the context of the investigation regarding the Capitol insurrection. Over 500 plus individuals are now facing criminal charges for storming the capital and killing and injuring capitol police. Why did they storm the capital? They were incited by Trump and others, as well as members of the GOP who continue to propagate the “big lie” that the election was stolen.
Like many of the 18 people who have already soiled their reputation by being associated with Trump, all of the individuals currently being charged for the insurrection are (at least in part) taking the fall for Trump.
I call this sheer stupidly
One thing is crystal clear to many Americans: there is little justice in America.
Yet, people all around the world are living in societies and countries in which similar dynamics are also at play. They too seek justice. Whether it’s the abuse by authoritarian leaders towards their citizens, the horrors inflicted by terrorists, or the power of big corporations who destroy lives and ecosystems—injustice these days is spreading like wildfires.
The kind of justice everyone needs is not revenge. It is not something that is wished for as though it brings people a giddy sense of satisfaction. Nor do most people want rule breakers to be thrown in prison because tormenting people amuses them. No. It is human nature to crave justice.
What’s religion got to do with impeding justice?
What’s particularly baffling to me, given the context I’ve been speaking to, is what’s happening in the court of public opinion regarding Trump vs. Justice. By all accounts, Christianity seems to be leading the charge by supporting Trump and encouraging its disciples to do likewise.
Frankly, I’m troubled by this new politicized version of Christianity and its unwavering support of the former president’s words, actions and deeds. For centuries Christianity had prided itself in being the stalwart of morality. Yet since 2016, it has become a major driving force contributing to immoral political conduct.