Like a Boat without a rudder
«A federal judge hearing a constitutional challenge to a Kansas law requiring doctors, teachers and others to report underage sex between consenting youths said the state presented no credible evidence that underage sex is always harmful.U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten stopped short of issuing a decision from the bench, but he repeatedly interrupted Thursday’s closing arguments by Assistant Attorney General Steve Alexander to challenge his assertions.“Motives are irrelevant – I want to deal with facts,” Marten said. “Where is the clear, credible evidence that underage sex is always injurious? If you tell me because it is illegal – I reject that,” Marten said»
AP Wire | 02/09/2006 | Judge: No credible evidence underage sex always harmful:
Commentary: Of course if an elected trial judge were to utter such nonsense, the line would begin forming to oppose his re-election. However, Judge Marten – clutching his federal commission – could care less about public opinion. In fact there are only 435 “natural enemies” of the Judge Martens of America. And if hizhonor reads the paper Monday morning and finds that no impeachment inquiry has been initiated against him, then in the grand scheme of things, he has been officially vindicated and every member of the House of Representatives has, by his/her silence, become complicit in issuing Judge Marten a 🙂 of continued “good behaviour.”
That is because impeachment must begin in the House of Representatives. See Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. It’s that simple (and hard). Remember James Madison’s words, “In republican governments, the legislative authority necessarily predominates.” Federalist #51.
And if “we the people” don’t take the time to contact our congressman’s office to respectfully insist that that such behaviour is not “good” and deserves impeachment, we become “principals” by “aiding and abetting” the judge’s misfeasance. For in a self-governing nation, there are no innocent bystanders; only those guilty of bystanding!
Judge Darrell White (Retired)