thinking democrat
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
  Citizens of New Jersey Beware of Corzine
Although I am not a resident of your state, I am a Democrat. My parents and grandparents were Democrats. Today, many of you will vote. I will not speak for any candidate. But I will speak against one candidate.

Like most rank and file Democrats, I support and believe in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution says it "shall be the supreme Law of the Land." Our Constitution requires all Senators and Representatives "be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution." It also requires that "the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution." To sum it up, all public officials must accept Our Constitution as the rule of law if they want to hold office in our Democracy.

One of the candidates for Governor of your State has broken his oath or affirmation more than once. Senator Jon Corzine has participated in the unconstitutional filibusters of citizens who have been nominated to the federal courts. The Constitution clearly gives the President the authority to nominate candidates. The Senate has a responsibility to advise the President and to consent or deny the appointment by majority vote. There is no clause, no provision, within the Constitution that permits the filibuster of judicial nominees. And the Senate has no authority to make up its own rule to do so.

An honorable man who finds that he can no longer, in good conscience, keep his oath as a Senator would and should resign from the Senate. Senator Corzine has not resigned. What pledges or promises can he now make to the people of the State of New Jersey that the people of New Jersey can trust him to fulfill when he already openly breaks his word as a United States Senator? The oath of office for the Governor of the Sate of New Jersey cannot bind him to his word more securely than the Oath of a Senator of the United States.

The Senator will tell you that the problem in the Senate is about protecting Roe v. Wade. This is not true. Years before the Roe decision, the Supreme Court issued a decision known as Griswold v. Connecticut. It was about contraceptives. The Court decided to invent a federal right to privacy so it could pursue a social agenda to legalize contraceptives in all the States.

When the Supreme Court decided Griswold, it took away the voting rights of all the voters in every state in our nation. There is no guarantee in the Constitution that state legislatures will not make dumb laws. God knows, some state legislatures are better at this than others. If a law, however, does not contradict the State Constitution or the Constitution of the United States, it is up to the voters whether to accept the law or get rid of it by voting for representatives who will change the law. This is why our form of government is called a Democracy. We the people rule the government. The government must not rule us.

Before Griswold, contraceptives were legal in some States. Before Roe, abortions were also legal in some States. Both could have become legal in other states by the will of the people of those states. Unfortunately, there are those who believe that a privileged few have the right to make laws for everyone whether the majority of Americans agree or not. These privileged few don't really believe in Democracy. Among the things that they do believe is the right to select judges who will make laws that our legislatures would never pass.

This year, five so-called "mainstream" justices of the Supreme Court of the United States decided to create another new law by giving their own new definition to words that are more than 200 years old. In Kelo v. New London, these privileged few justices decided that the words "public use" can now mean whatever local or state government officials want them to mean. If you own property anywhere in the United States, your property rights, first and foremost, belong to local and state officials who can use "eminent domain" to take your property for any use they decide is in the public interest. And if you rent or lease from a property owner, local or state officials can take your home or business away from you whenever they seize the property.

If Senator Corzine truly believed in Democracy and the rights of voters to control their government, then why didn't he demand former Governor McGreevey's resignation take effect last year in time for the people of New Jersey to vote for a new governor?

tom joseph

Location: Buffalo, New York

Warning: a thinking democrat! Defined as an objective advocate of democracy. Years ago, a close friend claimed he had finally figured me out. He said I was sometimes liberal and sometimes conservative, but that he hadn't been able to discover what it was that pushed me from one to the other. His answer to his own dilemma was, "You are an objective driven idealistic pragmatist." My answer to his conclusion was and still is, "maybe, maybe not." I have a degree in Education and have worked in the following fields: Banking, Consulting, Management, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Sales, Social Work, Transportation, or best summarized as anything that's a good challenge.

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