Thursday, December 22, 2016

In Today's News: Judicial Politics

Led around by your nose
Do you remember when Trump won the election in November 2016 but Hillary won the "popular" vote? Lots of people freaked out saying Hillary should be POTUS because the people's vote was more important than the Electoral College.  Well, in today's news is a similar story.

In November 2016, we the people (of California) passed Proposition 66.  Basically Prop 66 would have reduced the number of appeals a person (who is on death row) could file thereby expediting their death and, subsequently, satisfy the death sentence issued against them.

Apparently, there are a number of people who think that persons who were convicted for murdering someone should have the right to drag out the legal process and file decades of appeals to forestall their demise.  Seems the California Supreme Court thinks so, too, and so under Briggs and Van de Kamp v. Brown et al., S238309 (2016), the court granted a stay of Prop 66 preventing the law from being changed.

This is certainly not the first time a branch of the government has decided to thwart the will of we the people.  Remember in 2008 when Proposition 8 passed by a majority of the people?  For those who don't remember, Prop 8 sought to ratify the concept that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Prop 8 was passed by a majority of votes by we the people of California.  Subsequently, lame duck Gov. Terminator announced that he would not enforce Prop 8.  He also noted that he would not compel his Attorney General Edmund "Moonbeam" Brown to enforce the law thereby initiating Prop 8's ignominious death.

What is particularly infuriating is that you have three branches of government who consistently deny we the people the same rights that the original 13 colonies fought so hard to protect.  Specifically that:
"The Legislative has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people" (the rights of the Colonists, by Samuel Adams)
Over and over these three branches do exactly that - arbitrarily exercise judgment over the property and rights of we the people. If a majority of people vote something into law, then we the people should be able to expect that those laws will be acted upon and enforced by the very branches of government we the people elected to be in those positions.  

If the branches of government cannot (or will not) carry out those duties, then it is critical that we the people rise up and demand their censure and/or removal post haste. Failure to do so only hastens the demise of what rights we do have. Those who refuse to act to protect their life, liberty, and families have only themselves to blame.

Stand up and be counted or shut up and insert your nose rings.