Justices’ battle over
On Sunday September 9, 2001 Mindy Cameron
gave us a long list of reasons to avoid television news. She states “American
television viewers are being fed the trivial made to seem
She does this to support her decision not to have a
television at her present residence. She also infers that you are better off
visiting newspaper web sites to receive news with substance.
It is interesting that Monday September 10, 2001
the Seattle Times and probably many other papers had a news story that rattles
the foundation of a democratic government. Three Supreme Court justices were
directly quoted concerning the 2000 election decision not on the front page of
the newspaper but on page five.
The quote that should have been in
banner headlines was from Justice Stephen Breyer he said the decision was “the
most outrageous, indefensible thing the court has ever done”. One of the most embarrassing
revelations of this story was that this quote was provoked by the criticism of
visiting Russian judges for letting our judges choose a
It was also stated that Justice Kennedy’s decision
in election 2000 was made on the premise “he
thought the trauma of more recounts, more fighting - more politics - was too
much for the country to endure”.
We find it hard to believe that one of
the top legal minds in this country and defender of our constitution Justice
Kennedy thought that a mandated winner of the election was better for this
republic than any political or democratic process.
The trauma of
a closely disputed electoral process can be divisive for a country to go through
in the short term. The democratic process has never been as smooth as other
types of government. Letting the
people rule themselves will never be as smooth as having laws and leaders handed
down by a ruling class. We think this is what the founding fathers had in
mind a country where government is debated, struggled with and fought over but
continues to function.
This whole process was to be
guarded by the three individual branches of government within their areas of
responsibility. That the Judicial branch
failed in this responsibility to the point where a Russian Judge can lay such a
valid criticism of them, we are all embarrassed.
We think this
is a case where the print media have taken the significant and trivialized