America's Founders and Founding Principles

Equal Justice

Equal Justice means that every American will be treated the same under the law - regardless of who they are. It doesn't matter if a person is a politician or a plumber, they get the same access to the courts, the same jury, the same punishment as everyone else. That is what our founders created and - even though this principle has been challenged for much or our history - America still treats its citizens more equally under the law than any other country in the history of the world.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

This refers to an equal justice. Rather than having a rule that says white people can sit on the front of the bus, or at the lunch counter or go to a better school, Equal Justice states all have the same rights.

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, politically connected or a protester, you will be treated the same under the law.

 No judge will determine that since your fathers fought in the Civil war (for instance), you will serve twice the jail time as those who fought for the Union.

 If you have a piece of land, you will receive the best price if the government decides to build a highway through it no matter who you are – not just because you gave money to the Mayor’s election campaign.

Our founders created a system where we could trust that each person would face justice equally under the law - it is up to the citizens of our country to make sure the government does just that through the principle of the "Consent of the Governed".