Clear The Bench Colorado movement to restore accountability to Colorado Supreme Court gains momentum, resounding response
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln
Clear The Bench Colorado has succeeded – through sheer drive and determination (and the support of growing numbers of concerned Colorado citizens) – in raising awareness of the critically important issue of the right of Colorado voters to render their verdict on the performance of our Colorado Supreme Court justices in regularly scheduled judicial retention elections this November. Coloradoans have a unique and historic opportunity to reject the continued occupation of the Colorado Supreme Court by jurists who do NOT follow the law – the Colorado Constitution, as written. Failure to act upon this opportunity would result in another 10-year term of office for a majority of state Supreme Court justices who have repeatedly demonstrated their contempt for the very Constitution they are sworn to uphold – and dangerously undermine the rule of law in Colorado.
Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold has traveled the state, speaking to numerous grassroots groups and interested organizations to raise awareness of the issues at stake – beginning with the massive (7000+) crowd at the first Tax Day Tea Party rally at the Denver Capitol and continuing through several events throughout the Spring (examples here, and here), Summer (examples here, here, and here) Fall (examples here, here, here, here, and here) and Winter (examples here, and here) of 2009, and continuing into 2010, most prominently at the Tax Day Tea Party rallies on April 15th.
Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold also testified in opposition to several unconstitutional tax increase bills (the “Dirty Dozen” tax increases) which exploited an apparent loophole created by the Colorado Supreme Court’s anti-constitutional “Mill Levy Tax Freeze” ruling last year, and most recently testified in opposition to a legislative attempt to remove from state law several factors designed to ensure fair and impartial review by courts of legislative district boundaries (the “Mary-mandering” bill advancing the use of the courts to advance a particular political agenda and deliberately modify legislative boundaries for electoral purposes).
The growing momentum of Clear The Bench Colorado has recently inspired attacks from the left-wing lawsuit/complaint machine “Colorado Ethics Watch” (CEW, pronounced “sue” – it’s what they do) widely discredited as a “cheap political stunt” by news coverage and described as “disingenuous” by the professional nonpartisan staff of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
In fact, the defenders of the status-quo anti-constitutional incumbents on the Colorado Supreme Court are SO concerned about the potential loss of their “friends on the court” –
Despite all of these major, newsworthy developments – and despite extensive coverage by such diverse news organizations as Westword, Law Week Colorado, and the Colorado Statesman, Colorado’s largest newspaper (the Denver Post) continues to pretend that the issue of retention votes on Colorado Supreme Court justices does not exist. In fact, since the Post’s courts and legal affairs beat reporter Felisa Cardona’s article (“Four Colorado Supreme Court justices face a tough vote in elections“) appeared on the Post’s front page over 3 months ago (February 15th), the Post has not published one bit of news or comment on this extremely important issue. The news blackout seems to coincide with the lease taken out by the Colorado Supreme Court for space in the Denver Post building – apparently the Denver Post doesn’t want to do anything to upset its most recent tenant (and major billpayer) – that same Colorado Supreme Court. ( “Move along, move along – no conflict of interest to see here.”)
The Colorado Supreme Court – and particularly, the Chief Justice – exercises enormous power (”clout”) over the lives of Colorado citizens. The current majority has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not exercise this power with restraint or consideration for your constitutional rights – ruling consistently against individual protections and in favor of expanded government power. Upholding tax increases (such as the “Mill Levy Tax Freeze” property tax increase, or the “Dirty Dozen” new tax laws) imposed without the required vote of the people, enabling taxes to be collected under the guise of “fees” (such as the Colorado Car Tax), expanding eminent domain abuse to seize people’s property, and grabbing the (legislative) power to draw up voting districts (aided by the recent “Mary-mandering” bill) – this court is acting like rulers, with you as the subjects; re-writing the laws, instead of upholding them.
Be a citizen, not a subject – exercise your right to vote “NO” this November on the four ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s “Mullarkey Majority”- (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your home or business against seizure via eminent domain abuse, your right to be fairly represented in the legislature and Congress, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering under rule by activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!) and your contributions – and vote “NO” on giving these unjust justices another 10-year term!