AMERICA IS A NATION OF LAWS, NOT MEN.
Let us take a moment to revisit the genius of this system.
Let's say there's a prosecution. Led by a prosecutor. Investigations are done. Evidence gathered. And statutes appear to be broken.
The prosecutor files suit in court, one of two equal parties. Appearing before a legal system that is (ideally) blind to either.
Just looking for the facts. And then justice.
Now, let's say that prosecutor turns out to have committed a crime himself. Non-connected.
THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE PROSECUTION IS DEAD. Far from it.
See, evidence was gathered. If it were good enough to justify filing suit (risky, when a judge may refuse to hear it because of frivolity,) then IT CAN BE PICKED UP BY ANOTHER PROSECUTOR.
Let's say the indictments are sealed. And - for scurrilous political reasons - some politician abuses his power, obstructs justice, and fires the prosecutor.
THE PROSECUTION IS NOT DEAD. THE INDICTMENTS ARE SEALED AND CAN WAIT FOR ANOTHER PROSECUTOR.
See, because despite the political drama pushed by America's sensational media, this is NOT A CONTEST OF WILLS BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE.
IT'S ABOUT THE LAW.
American jurisprudence is based on a fundamentally democratic concept: we are not subjects to monarchy and nobility.
We are a SELF-ORGANIZING SOCIETY THAT ANSWERS ONLY TO EACH OTHER, AND THE LAWS WE PASS.
So if the FACTS of a certain case point to a civil or criminal statute broken, and if evidence is in the custody of lawful investigative bodies, then it is the job of Justice to make sure that the law is applied.
EVEN IF THE FIRST 100 LAWYERS DIE OR GO TO JAIL.
The genius of this system is that if somebody, I dunno, launders money and rapes kids, and the first 50 prosecutors get the Plague and the next 50 are indicted...
...and there's evidence the guy did it...
...the 101st can bring the case.
Because facts matter.
We're still people, and we can get wrapped around the cults of personality behind politicians, judges, and prosecutors.
But the Law is about Truth, Facts, and Justice - PRINCIPLE, NOT PERSONALITIES.
So they fired Comey. But the truth remains, and Justice grinds on.
They might fire Mueller. But the truth will remain, and Justice will be undeterred.
Behind everyone you've heard of in Trump-Russia, there's a phalanx of men and women dedicated to JUSTICE.
Stay frosty, and trust this genius system It's designed to withstand more than you ever expected. And focus on Justice about drama.
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