To my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day!
(I know, it's a Californian not an American flag, but we do fly both!)
Our country has been built on one particular solid premise: Justice for All.
It is through our independent court systems that we pursue and enforce integrity, fairness, and justice.
It is my fervent hope that in this next year the courts and judges strive for upmost impartiality and respect for our Constitution and our legal ideals, and the strength to withstand temptations from financial or political powers.
I advocate for maintained (if not increased) funding for the court systems to ensure justice and to permit equal access to the courts. Sufficient funding is required to allow courts to implement essential tasks, including the provision of timely justice; we shouldn't have to wait two or more years to begin judicial dispute resolution.
I also advocate for justice and fairness for our horses, and hope this next year brings greater clarity to the horse slaughter debate, to the enactment of felonious crimes for horse abuse, and for fair dealing in horse transactions small and large. This past year has seen a top equestrian embezzle from her city to support her quarter horses, drug cartels laundering their money through horse operations, drugging violations in the racing world, and a top trainer was video taped committing atrocious acts of violence on Tennessee Walking Horses.
It isn't a pretty picture for our horses, and it is my hope that transparency, fair play, and justice will be brought to our nation's great equestrian communities.
After all (and rightly applicable to all equines, stabled or free):
"Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people."
(Public law 92-195, 1971)
Happy 4th of July to you and your horses!