I have recently wondered why certain people take jobs that require public service if they don’t actually want to help people. Is it just to say they are serving the public? Do they expect a gold star? Well folks, this is not third grade and I am no longer a teacher. I am out of practice of giving gold stars.
In college, my crew coach told us a story about one of his practices when he had been on the U.S. Olympic Rowing team. Anyone who knows about crew knows that seven people in the boat could be completely on point with their stroke and just one person having a bad day would throw off the entire boat. One day during one of the practices, one of the rowers was hell bent on messing things up for the entire boat. After practice was over, my coach got out of his seat, walked the gunnels of the boat (passing completely over the top of his teammates), and slapped the screw up in the face. My coach then calmly made his way back to his seat.
I tell this story to make a parallel to Justice in America. In order for our country to actually work, everyone has to be carrying their own weight. Especially those who choose to be in the boat. (i.e. judges, lawyers, police officers, etc) If you choose to be in the boat, you need to row your best and you can’t expect to get a gold star for doing your job. If you decide to allow your jaded and corrupt nature to sink the boat, however, you deserve to be bitch slapped by your teammates (the American public).
When I entered Family Court, I was merely a spectator. I had little to no control over how well that boat rowed. I could scream and offer encouragement from the sidelines, but I was not handed an oar to help get the boat of justice to the finish line. Unfortunately, my son’s fate was left in the hands of a sleepy, angry, and disgruntled legal “athlete” – Judge Algeo. The other rowers consisted of money hungry attorneys concerned about their own reputation over the outcome of the race, scared and timid social workers who had just learned how to row, and corrupt psychologists where were paid to stop rowing and sink the boat. My son’s boat of justice sunk as a result of this miserable team of rowers.
So the bitch slap of the day, however, still goes to Judge Algeo because he was the team captain. He signed up for that job. Our tax dollars paid to put him into that position and he had a civil duty to make sure the boat didn’t sink.
Even though you are no longer here, Mama has grabbed the oars in this boat and I will no longer be silent. People will know your name. People will know how you died and they will know the individuals who refused to protect you. I will carry you in my heart and I will speak for you. I will not be silent.