Judges protecting the rights of the minority

June 16, 2004

Dear Editor:

I am very proud at times to be an American citizen. I believe all that our Founding Fathers set out to do. They wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to protect our rights as citizens. These rights are not limited to or contingent upon practicing some certain religion. On the contrary, they set up these documents so that America is a free society where the minority is protected.

The United States is a republic and not a traditional democracy. A republic is a state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote and this power is exercised by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by them and responsible to them - all of them. Furthermore, no matter what class you are, what religion you practice, or whom you decide to love, you are given a vote. Yes, the majority vote wins. The Constitution, however, ensures that the rights of the minority are protected.


Our judges in this country have been called rogues and out of line with what America wants. Some feel the judiciary has exercised too much power as of late relating to same-sex marriage laws. What I see are courageous Americans who are doing their job to make sure the Constitution is upheld - regardless of their personal beliefs. They are protecting the rights of the minority.

Does this infringe on the rights of some? Absolutely not! Most are outraged because it violates their religious sensibilities. Big deal! The First Amendment guarantees that there is no state religion. So those arguments cannot be made in our republic where our Constitution holds the ultimate power of protection.

If we have such a rogue system of judges then why was it okay for those on the right wing to have our current president elected not by the people but by those same judges they are lamenting about now - something to contemplate the next time one throws out "rogue judges are making laws in this country." What they are doing is their job - the job our elected officials appointed them to do.

I want to say thank-you to our judges. Many have gone against their own personal beliefs to uphold the Constitution. A document that has served us well in this country for over 200 years so that we may establish that "more perfect union." So that we may "establish justice" and the may "promote the general welfare." All these are words to live by in our dear Republic of the United States.

E. Shane Talbott


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