It May Not Be Perfect, But It’s the Best in the World A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM
Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? A holiday to celebrate our great nation smack in the middle of summer is exactly my cup of tea. It’s a good thing the Founding Fathers decided to sign the Declaration of Independence in July, because I couldn’t imagine celebrating Independence Day during any other time of the year. In addition to being a great chance to kick back with friends, enjoy the sunshine during the day, and catch the fireworks in the evening, the Fourth of July is a chance to recognize what makes this country so special, both throughout history and now. The daily news cycle can be relentlessly negative — that’s what gets the ratings, I suppose — but during the Fourth, we have a chance to remember the incredible qualities of this nation and the amazing spirit of its people. Patriotism looks different for everyone, but I’d like to think that, at heart, we are all proud to live in the United States. I know I sure am. As an attorney, I deal with the American justice system every day. You might assume that would make me indifferent or callous to the way we practice law in this country, but it’s just the opposite. Over time, I only grow more impressed with our legal principles. Is it perfect? Of course not. At its core, though, the American judicial system is based on fairness and doing things the right way. Everyone in this country is afforded due process by law. We are entitled to a presumption of innocense and a jury trial where you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a court of law, a regular civilian who’s been injured can battle a massive insurance company and win. There is no other arena I can think of that offers such a level playing field and prizes truth above all more than a courtroom does. Ideally, most of us will never need to step foot in one. But if you do, you’ll want to have faith in the Patriotism looks different for everyone, but I’d like to think that, at heart, we are all proud to live in the United States. I know I sure am.
institution itself, as well as in your attorney. In many countries, people don’t have that luxury. Thankfully, we do, and we should all be grateful for it. America is the country of baseball, jazz, hamburgers, and Shark Week. Besides our justice system, there are so many parts of American culture to celebrate. While you’re enjoying your favorite American pastimes this Fourth, however, I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the institutions and principles upon which this nation is based. Without them, and without the Founding Fathers who devised them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. The Constitution states, “in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” These goals, which are as noble today as the day they were written, are behind everything our government seeks to do. When it comes to the justice system, I’d say they’re succeeding.
Happy Fourth, everyone!
–John Holland 864.582.0416
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