Defending the Constitution – Why 9/11 still matters today (reprise)
At the conclusion of a tremendously busy week, during which my time has been consumed with an extraordinary number of interviews, comments, and correspondence related to Governor Ritter’s selection of Deputy Attorney General Monica Marquez to become Colorado’s next supreme court justice (replacing outgoing Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who announced in June that she would resign rather than be held accountable by voters this November) while at the same time preparing for my next military training event, my thought turned to that fateful day 9 years ago (which seems so far away, and yet so indelibly etched on my memory that it could be yesterday) when our nation was attacked – from within our borders, although the ultimate source was from abroad.
Struggling (in my somewhat exhausted state) to come up with something appropriate and fitting to write, I ended up looking back at what I’d written on this date last year.
I can’t improve upon what I wrote then – so I’m reprising my 9/11 commemoration from a year ago: it remains startlingly relevant.
Defending the Constitution – Why 9/11 still matters today
Clear The Bench Colorado joins millions of Americans across the country in somber remembrance of the 9/11 attacks on our nation.
What does this have to do with holding our Colorado Supreme Court justices accountable to the rule of law and the Colorado Constitution? Quite a lot, actually…
As a proud veteran of the U.S. military (including service in the Colorado Army National Guard), I take my oath of enlistment – “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado [emphasis added] against all enemies, foreign and domestic” – seriously; very seriously.
Many of our elected (and unelected) officials seem to have a much more cavalier attitude towards their own oath of office.
Colorado Supreme Court justices also swear an oath, similar to mine, on taking office, which begins: “I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado.”
Note that the judicial oath of office does not state “I will support only those parts of the Constitution that I like or with which I personally agree or empathize.”
Yet the Mullarkey Court has consistently ruled against the Colorado Constitution’s Article X, Section 20 (TABOR) in every case it has heard – despite the clear intent and letter of the law that “[i]ts preferred interpretation shall reasonably restrain most the growth of government.”
The Mullarkey Majority (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) are oathbreakers – and dishonor the service of the men and women of the United States military and law enforcement agencies who put their lives on the line to support and defend our Constitution. They have proven themselves unworthy of the high office they occupy, and must NOT be retained in that office following the November 2010 elections. Vote “NO” on these unjust justices!
Another important lesson of 9/11 is that individuals matter – and fighting to defend your rights, and your lives, is the only way to preserve your rights (and your life, in extremis) when under attack. The true heroes of that day were not only the firefighters but also the ordinary citizens who acted to save lives – and the brave passengers on Flight 93 who fought back against the hijackers on the 4th plane and died not as victims, but as American heroes.
We can no longer be under any illusion – as the passengers on Flight 93 discovered – that our rights and lives are NOT under attack; we are threatened by enemies both foreign and domestic. The nature of the threat (and appropriate response) is different, but the need to take action, to defend your rights – remains the same.
Freedom isn’t Free... Exercise your right to vote “NO” this November on the four (er, three remaining) ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s “Mullarkey Majority” (incumbent Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, and Nancy Rice; soon minus ringleader Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) needing 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.”