July 19, 2012
Let's each of us make an effort to get people registered to vote. Ask questions now to make sure friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and others are registered. Then let's encourage people to vote.
It's nice to hear some GOOD news from the judiciary for a change. I have to admit that -- on balance -- the concept of judicial review is probably warranted. I know that's not necessarily a popular notion with a lot of liberal/progressives lately, but I think that we have to remember that a number of progressive actions came about when there were forward-thinking judges who made the occasional progressive ruling. Civil rights comes to mind, back in the 1960/70s. Or the Miranda ruling, etc. I'm the first to admit that when you have a regressive judiciary, it can lead to some negative outcomes, but even there, they have to try a little harder NOT to be blatant panderers... to at least give an appearance of decorum (with the exceptions like Prosser or Scalia, et al). I tend to think there'd be a less stable society if we didn't have judicial review, and, over the long run, we might well devolve into something really horrid (think the Tea Party). Ultimately, in a democracy, the legislators we elect (and the people whom they effectively elect, like SCOTUS judges) reflect the voters of that society. If enough yahoos want to vote based on sonorous pitchmen on TV commercials for a candidate, and watch Fox, (or people don't even vote), well then we end up with a Dick Nixon, Tommy Thompson, Ronald Reagan, GW Bush, and (indirectly) David Prosser, Clarence Thomas, Anton Scalia, etc, to say nothing of the legions of hack legislators. And, in a sad way, they then DO represent the majority of our society, and that majority can be said to be composed of greedy, short-sighted individuals.
How many people went to see a postive suggestion put out by PBS "Fixing The Future", advertised in the Guide (Isthmus), and came away with some ideas that could be promoted nationwide? There is a site to host the film as well. This film gives some useful ideas that, if everyone is unhappy with the current system of "corporate business," can bypass corporate business and keep small local businesses employed. This is a perfect film to refer to the nation. It is being shown nationwide...and needs more hosts. Take a look?