I think it is fair to say that those of us who are working for access to justice believe in “facts, fairness, reason, and rules” for resolving disputes at both the individual and societal level. The access to justice movement is about making sure that all have meaningful access to those processes.
The intentional destruction of our political system through the use of contempt for others, incitement to violence, and threats of violence makes this a hard time for those who have tried to hold fast to that ideal.
I want to share with you how I try to hold on to the belief that this will all work out OK.
For years, I have been asking people who are old enough to remember World War II what was the point at which they were sure the Allies had won. I get every answer imaginable, all the way through to “not till the very end.”
But the answer I find most amazing, as well as most reassuring for our current turmoil, is the reply of my Holocaust-surviving aunt, who found us only in 1994, 53 years after last seeing her brother, my father, and after almost 20 years of searching.
Her answer — and this from one who saw the absolute height of Nazi power and evil — “It never even crossed my mind that we would lose.”
Now, my aunt had already become an atheist (“my God was murdered in the Ghetto”). But, when I asked why she had not even considered the possibility of the Allies losing, she replied: “I just could not believe that the human race was that evil.” That’s surely the ultimate in humanistic faith of good over evil.
So, that’s what I believe now about the choices America is being faced with. I just do not believe that we are so bad as to go down the wrong path.
I hope that helps. And, I hope we all manage to find the wisdom and skill (and in the case of those left behind by one party, the needed courage) to do the right thing.