Clear The Bench Colorado honors our Veterans on Memorial Day
Clear The Bench Colorado salutes those who have contributed most to establishing, and preserving, our freedoms as Americans: on this Memorial Day, we honor those who serve (or have served) in our nation’s armed forces, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As a military veteran and proud “Citizen Soldier” I strongly believe in the importance of saluting the service of all who have honorably worn the uniform.
In honor of “Band of Brothers” Dick Winters – who died this year, 2 January 2011 at age 92 – and of Airborne Soldiers past and present – CBTC shares the above video tribute.
What does all of 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.
Our Colorado Supreme Court justices also swear an oath 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 oath of office does not state that ”I will support only those parts of the Constitution I like or with which I personally agree or empathize.”
Unfortunately, the Colorado Supreme 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.” Several of the current justices 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…
Clear The Bench Colorado will, with your support, continue to promote transparency and accountability in the Colorado judiciary, informing the public to increase awareness of the substantial public policy implications of an unrestrained activism and political agendas in the courts. We will continue to work to educate voters and provide information of relevance related to the judicial branch, and to provide useful and substantive evaluations of judicial performance.
Ultimately, though – it’s worth the effort.