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OPINION: Why the 7th amendment is a farce


Law is rarely the consensual codification of the people, by the people, for the people, and its progress is measured by the awareness of its recipients. The revolving door of moral efficacy is viewed from the ivory towers of privilege and resource as the seventh amendment sits on the pendulum of perspective.

Has law become the moral meddling grounds of semantics, littered with linguistic mazes, insulating the privileged few and confounding the judicial illiterates? The verbal hallucination of “right” and “wrong” colloquially rests on the axis of a largely manufactured consensus reality and that governing body is driven by the collective abdication of responsibility. How can the individual coexist in such a disparity of resources? Where the grey meets, law becomes the sparring grounds of cyclical dissenting persuasion.

What precedence does the individual hold that justice will always be served fairly through a judicial system designed to protect them? The seventh Amendment is the vain attempt of unseating judicial and lexiconal bias in favor of societal salvation. If there is any amendment that engenders the spirit of the people, the seventh amendment waves its banner in parley for the innocent and afflicted.

Is it fair for a corporation who represents the interests of paycheck bonuses and profit-sharing collaborators to levy judiciary similitude against the individual who does not have the collective bargaining power or resources for equal representation? The semantical exactness of the linguistic gesture of the seventh amendment falls upon “greater good” conditionalism.

Is there anyone there to question the origin of these governing rules? Why must we abide by them? Are they in fact absolutely upheld, or does a wave of a badge absolve where others fall? After all, the Supreme Court granted capitalist imperialism corporate personhood. One might ask how does the American public combat the egalitarian equivalency of corporate conglomerates in America’s vast wasteland of identity disparity? Why are we not questioning the intent behind the laws that are allegedly the voice of the people? Have our voices been taken?

The seventh amendment is but a toothless exhibition at dismantling judicial loopholes, casually shushing the waking eyes of the American public. Our constitution boldly proclaims that all “men” are created “equally” yet the ever revolving door of societal regime and conformity compliance reveals infinite paradoxical doubt. A piece of paper we symbolically label ‘degree’ becomes the legal means of discrimination in the workforce. The judicial benefactors, namely the lobbyists and corporate bribers, bend the law to their favor, and the seventh amendment is our nation’s admission to it.

Trial by jury postures individualistic protection against corporate and governmental conglomerates, however, strategically neglects the proper infrastructure to abide by its statutes. Not every state, military, governmental trial, etc ad infinitum can plead to the hearts of their peers in this exploitation prevention measure.

The subversive judicial barons lobby ambiguously fabricated amendments to our constitutional rights, further sewing manufactured poverty, pointing to the US constitution as the authority of all life. This engenders manufactured consent that law equates to justice. The victim nursing the wounds of corporate exploitation might ask for whom is justice being served? Imagine if businesses and corporations alike were held accountable to the marketing strategies that deceived our people, plagued our water systems, lined walls with asbestos, or slaughtered indigenous populations? Does judicial law foster a status-quo-ism aristocracy on the plantation of the American experiment, or are we all truly represented equally?

Precedence anarchy mitigation is the key here. There are governing powers whose interests, pockets, and walls are lined with the filthy lucre of corporate exploitation of the individual. The efficiency complex of the industrialization of labor, the arm twisting of insurance companies, and the mobocracy that incessantly ensues suggests that laws enforced by a state militia to uphold organizational interests all but guarantee that the scales are not balanced when the individual goes to bat for reparations.

Reparation mitigation is an entire industry built upon navigating highly interpretational semantics, largely governed by trained literacy gurus, whom of which have leveraged their skill sets to fill their coffers. The ostiaries of judicial reform are not challenged, questioned, or rebuked enough to permeate cataclysmic reform.

Seeking judicial reparations is more of the point of a layover than the embarkment of a journey. Imagine the grotesque disparity of inequality in the workplace, the marketplace, and the place we call Earth. The unspoken grievances that never see the light of day due to manufactured resource restriction, fear mongering, and corporate gaslighting. Does a world where access and equality exist in this dystopian landscape? While the corporatocracy of the American judicial system levies bills to further embolden corporate greed which strike at the heart of the marginalized and exploited. We the people must reclaim the reins of the spiraling direction of late stage capitalism that birthed the need for the seventh  amendment.

The starry-eyed advocate of “power to the people” triumphantly raises their head from their paralytic slumber when the spirit of the seventh amendment is enacted. It is far from perfect and a true far cry from fair judiciary reparations for the masses. When the unpaid wages of the employees become the profits of corporate conglomerates, Lady Justice weeps at the feet of the marginalized and exploited. The overproduction of food that strangles economic democracy replaces the collective bargaining power of demand with inflation.

Power to the people parallels the mythos of the phoenix. A fearsome bird arisen from the ashes, it emerges as the fiery symbol of the oppressed collective. Us, you, me, and we all together, are waiting for someone to do something, yet the ego abdicates this responsibility, while the self rises to the occasion of hallowing what once was hollow. We give credence to anything we do in life. We stroke or snuff the flame in all that we do. If the sleeping collective of the American dream were to wake to the atrocities being committed daily, and even openly, what could we see? Beyond the event horizon of change, we must place one foot in front of the other in abandoning deprecated laws designed to inhibit the masses instead of rescuing the perpetrated. We yoke ourselves with the mantle of responsibility when we are called to be jurors of a trial and in those moments exact judiciary revenge on the entities that destabilize us all.

The path to resource recovery, financial independence, intellectual liberty, and freedom of expression is surely a long path ahead. The path of which starts with the individual, one step in front of the other. What greater responsibility is there than our egalitarian and symbiotic relationship to others? We choose the day we set foot on the path. Is it too lofty? Is it too much to embark on? You will never know if you never try. One day or day one, you decide.

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