“Of Justice–as if Justice could be any thing but the same ample law, expounded by natural judges                   and saviors,  As if it might be this thing or that thing, according to decisions.”                 

–Walt Whitman


Another whole poem by Whitman titled “Thought.” Like the founders, Whitman believed in ideals of things, including Justice, that answered to a higher law (natural law; divine law), not just to the letter of existing laws, which were an aspiration toward, like the country itself, a more perfect form. It wasn’t limited to any given set of decisions, which might be subject to the biases of a moment or an individual or a time. For Justice or Equality, we must test the limits of our applications and correct them when they fall short of ideals that are core to our national principles.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like.