Oh, when I die, bury me
In my high top Stetson hat;
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
God'll know I died standin' pat.
Changes are afoot for 2017, and in keeping with the times we are gearing up for radical change.
I've never seen my friends, colleagues, judges, lawyers, educators and activists more engaged, focused and directed for positive change since the 2008 Obama election.
Except the energy this time arises from the ashes of a crushing loss.
I cringed the other day at the prospect of a Donald J. Trump elementary school in our mutually-shared possible future.
Yet sadly the prospects are real.
And we are surrounded by easily manipulated or distracted friends, FB contacts, coworkers and well-meaning colleagues who buy clever propaganda, stoked by fears, paranoia, anger, and loss of power or potency.
Businesses, leaders, and global power players regularly lie, cheat, and steal their way to victory, and are rarely if ever caught and punished.
To my many judicial readers, consider your new buddies, they want to put strict ideologues on the bench, starting at the top:
The top priority for conservatives, Mr. Malcolm said, is to avoid another disappointment like Justice David H. Souter, who was appointed by President George Bush in 1990 but whose voting record turned out to be decidedly liberal.
Mr. Malcolm said his own first choice for the current vacancy was Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta. “If you are concerned about not wanting another David Souter,” Mr. Malcolm said, “he has a real titanium spine in terms of doing the right thing.”
Judge Pryor has called Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision establishing a right to abortion, “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history,” a comment he stood by at his confirmation hearing. He once ended a speech with a prayer: “Please, God, no more Souters.”Wrong, Judge.
Now, more than ever, we desperately need more Souters.