James Lambert
Disregarding the will of the people
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By James Lambert
August 9, 2010

I can't think of any other time in our 200+ year history that a single judge (in two separate states) has overturned the votes of millions of people. Several weeks prior to the judicial decision against Proposition 8 in California, another judge (this time in Arizona) threw out a very popular state law (AB 1070) that was slated to protect that state's borders from illegal immigration chaos.

It is unfathomable for one single unelected judge to completely disregard two different pluralities of millions of California voters. In 2000 the voters in CA. (by a majority of 62%) affirmed traditional marriage. It was again legally challenged and in 2008 California voters, confirmed traditional marriage, for the second time. The second go round the margin was narrower, but marriage between one man and one woman won the plurality of 53% of the vote. Now a single judge has made his decision to effectively void the will (and the vote) of the people.

Another popular legislative initiative (AB 1070), introduced and passed in Arizona, was also recently thrown out in the courts again by one judge. What is so incredibly ironic about this decision from Judge Sharon Butler is that the AZ law already mirrors federal immigration policy which, for the most part, is not being enforced by the feds in that state.

Despite the fact that the Arizona law simply mirrors federal law, bureaucrats and representatives from President Obama's Justice Department continue to target Arizona, rejecting the will of the vast majority of people from the state. The people of Arizona (70+% in recent polls) want their borders secured and protected. They are terribly concerned about the flood of illegal immigrants who are taxing their state financially as well as taking away much needed jobs.

Unfortunately, the issue of illegal immigration will continue to be an ongoing problem in not only Arizona but other states as well.

In California, the San Diego Minutemen (www.sandiegominutemen.com ) have continued to be strong advocates for border enforcement. In an exclusive interview for the cable television show, Night Lights, SDMM President Jeff Schwilk addresses some of the concerns his organization has in the coming years.

SDMM Interview: (click below to watch)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpT-YvBdtQ4&feature=channel_page

Judges are not elected officials and are not accountable to the people. The role of the judge is to interpret law, not act as an advocate for a particular law or viewpoint he personally happens to have. By disenfranchising the public with these rulings, the American people are brought under the rule of tyranny.

© James Lambert

 

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James Lambert

James Lambert has a broad business background. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon), Lambert pursued a career in banking by working in various management capacities for Crocker Bank, San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and First Interstate Bank (between 1973 and 1995). By 1990 Lambert received his Master in Business Administration from National University (San Diego). For 3 years, Lambert also taught Finance at Mira Costa Community College... (more)

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