::damn it

31 03 2005

I knew it was going to happen. I spent three days trying to come up with exactly how to make a point on the whole Teri Shiavo thing. Not half an hour before I finish writing the thing, and what happens?She died.

I lag, she gets some peace.

I suppose I’ll run the post as a comment to this one, maybe on the off chance that there actually is someone who stumbles upon this waste of space in the blogodrome.

I was hoping she would outlive Jerry Falwell. But then, that’s just me being selfish.

kisses,

jimbo

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31 03 2005
jimbo

::imbalances of power

When I think of the phrase activist judge, I picture a long haired William Rehnquist burning his robes while Thurgood Marshall throws a gavel into the Potomac.

But that’s just me.

There’s been a lot of shit talked in the last year or so about activist judges. Activist judges destroying the sanctity of marriage while renegade judges exploit an imbalance of power and choke the life out of the poor, defenseless Teri Shiavo. All these judges running amok with their branch of government and putting the pedal to the floor as they speed us down the Highway to Hell.

Whatever.

Teri Shiavo is the latest instance that has folks in a tissy about activist judges. They are calling the more than 20 judges who have repeatedly reviewed her family’s requests to reinsert her feeding tubes a lack of due process. Conservatives are calling this an imbalance of Power, and anytime you see a clip of a family member speaking from outside the hospice where she waits to die, there’s a gaggle of morons with misspelled signs running around in the background threatening to defeat Jeb the next time around if he doesn’t rush to her side with a Big Mac. Not to mention the idjits who get arrested on a daily basis for trying to bumrush the cops and bring her glasses of water. Personally, I think they should be allowed to do whatever they want–imagine their bloated satisfaction turning to horror as they pour water down her throat and watch her drown.

imbalance of power, my ass.

The judiciary in this country has a long history of actually having a clue of what is right and moral for our society, and has consistently brought about dramatic social change long before the masses would be ready to deal with it. Need a case in point? Brown vs. the Board of Education, my friends and neighbors. Without that ruling, it is entirely possible that separate would still be considered equal in large parts of the country, complete with entrances in the back and segregated drinking fountains.

Another example that’s been done to death is Roe vs. Wade, without which this country would be stained with the blood of millions of women killed by unsafe abortion procedures. Of course, without that radical judgment on the rolls, there would also be millions of unwanted children available to wash away the blood in order to support the massive number of orphanages needed to house and raise them all.

The only imbalance of power the Judiciary holds is freedom from politics and the ability to do what is right instead of what is expedient or politically convenient at the time. This is by design and not by accident. Free from mob mentality and opinion polls and election campaigns, judges have consistently found the strength to make our country stronger and more free, and occasionally more moral.

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