"You Be the Judge"

By Billy "Hollywood" Groves

The fight being waged in our U. S. government between Democrats and Republicans over President Bush's conservative nominees for Federal Judicial Post 7, is a "just battle."

It is a just battle because of the power that judges have to turn America's historical clock back on its societal progress.

Conservative right-wing judges with outdated ideas, and who are out of touch with modern times, can do tremendous damage to laws that empower black people, women and other minorities.

The Democrats in Washington realize the potential danger that right-wing extremist judges pose to the aforementioned groups, as they watched in horror when the conservative U. S. Supreme Court justices handed the presidency to George Bush during the 2000 Presidential Election. And, in spite of the fact that the majority of Americans opposed their ruling.

I fear the same will occur with civil rights laws, women's rights laws, and a woman's right to choose if Bush's conservative extremists are appointed federal judge seats.

I also feel that all U. S. judges, including municipal, precinct, county, district, federal and supreme court types, should be held accountable for their actions. Currently, anyone wearing a judge's robe and wielding a gavel has "carte blanche" to commit any act in "his court" that he can get away with.

The Democrats are right on time with their opposition to conservative judges. I think "we the people" need to insist that our elected officials work on laws that limit the power of out-of-control U. S. judges.

It is of the utmost importance that we execute a "recall clause" on all judges who act irresponsibly while serving terms on a judicial bench.

As an example, while attending a recent judicial court matter with a friend, I was verbally assaulted by a judge for no other reason than she had the power to do so. And, although I filed a complaint in response with the Texas State Commission in reference to judicial conduct, no resolve was forthcoming.

We need a more efficient and speedier system of removing or reprimanding these people who are entrusted with so much power. There is an old axiom that says, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

The absolute power that some judges assert over people in their courts have corrupted many of them.

In my mind, the time is past due for us "we the people" to limit the absolute power of people who act more like dictators than judges.

Billy Groves is a social commentator, speaker, civic activist and author of "Social Perspectives," an e-book presenting more of his poignant commentary and societal reflection. Get complete details on him and his book at www.educaterer.com.

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