Themis. To the ancient Greeks, Themis was the goddess of justice. Wiki offers this description:
She is described as "[the Lady] of good counsel", and is the personification of divine order, fairness, law, natural law, and custom.Today, Themis is commonly depicted blindfolded, "blind justice." The blindfold was introduced during the Renaissance.
The blindfold represents impartiality, the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.Order, fairness, law and impartiality are all cornerstones of true justice today, in those countries where true justice is still dispensed. Sadly, the United States is not among the ranks of countries that bother with true justice.
The American judicial system is corrupt, by design. Trump is about to drive another nail into the coffin of justice in the next few days when he will announce his "pick" to replace retiring Justice Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. The goal is to stack the deck with reliable conservative judges.
Trump is working through a short list of candidates cherry-picked by the Federalist Society. This arch-conservative/libertarian organization has culled the herd to a select list of reliable arch-conservative prospects. What that means is that deliberately excluded from the Federal Society's list will be any great legal minds, no matter how brilliant or deserving, that don't meet the ideological standard.
That means that America's Themis has no blindfold. To the contrary, the American supreme court can be counted on to dispense justice through an ideological filter. If your leaning matches the court's, you're in good hands. If, however, you're of the same perspective as the majority of Americans, you're screwed by a rigged system.
It's not as though there's anything underhanded in this. People like Trump don't even pretend to want an unbiased court, the only court that can dispense real justice. They have their priorities and fairness and justice aren't on their list.
What Trump is doing isn't particularly alarming. That a Republican Congress will rubber stamp his choice isn't alarming. What is really alarming is the body of American lawyers and their law societies that allow this corruption to continue, unchallenged, without a protest.
I think of lawyers in Pakistan who risked their careers, even for some their lives, to take to the streets in defiance of their government's attempts to corrupt their judicial system. Their American counterparts, by contrast, have succumbed to complacency, accepted the corruption.
You cannot obtain justice from an ideologically compromised court. You cannot have a fair court by choosing justices for their ideological bias. The American people, their political leadership, their lawyers and their judges think that's just fine.
The bottom line is that the rule of law, the cornerstone of democracy, is defeated when the judicial system is compromised.