Lady Justice. . . should be blind. (Words from my Father.)

Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has been depicted wearing a blindfold, a sign of objectivity. Justice delivered without partiality... poor, rich, with or without fame or power.  Justice is blind... and honest.

In 1787 when leaders gathered to write the Constitution, they wanted a strong and fair national government.  They believed they could do this by having three separate branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. 

This separation is described in the first three articles, or sections, of the Constitution.

The President is the head of the executive branch. The President is elected by the "entire country" and serves a four-year term. The President approves and carries out laws passed by the legislative branch. 

The legislative branch's most important duty is to make laws.  Laws are written, discussed and voted on in Congress.

The judicial branch oversees the court system and explains the meaning of the Constitution and laws passed by Congress. The Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch.  Unlike a criminal court, the Supreme Court rules whether something is constitutional or unconstitutional — whether or not it is permitted under the Constitution.

The current battle opposing the Presidents constitutional "obligation and duty" to nominate a new Supreme Court justice is immoral.

Obstructionism in one branch stymies the other two, a three legged stool can support much, remove one leg and the stool is worthless.

Taxes are paid to support the elected government, if the government ceases to perform its duty then chaos soon follows. 

Do not underestimate the power of the people, abuse of power takes many forms and the Republican Party has overstepped.

Old saying, "I have the right to wildly swing my arms, until they touch your nose".

The obstructionism of the Republicans has touched "our" noses.

It is time they allow our President to do his job.

These are words from my Father, I hope they mean as much to you as they do to me.  - Daniel Dart



PS.  Here are a few landmark rulings that everyone should know, good and bad.

1803 Marbury v. Madison— Was the first time a law passed by Congress was declared unconstitutional. 

1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford—Declared that a slave was not a citizen, and that Congress could not outlaw slavery in U.S. territories.

1896 Plessy v. Ferguson—Said that racial segregation was legal.  

1954 Brown v. Board of Education—Made racial segregation in schools illegal. 

1966 Miranda v. Arizona —Stated that criminal suspects must be informed of their rights before being questioned by the police. 

1973 Roe v. Wade—Made abortion legal. 

2003 Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger—Ruled that colleges can, under certain conditions, consider race and ethnicity in admissions.

2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission The Supreme Court ruled, 5–4, that the government cannot restrict the spending of corporations on political campaigns, maintaining that it's their First Amendment right to support candidates as they choose.

2013 Shelby County v. Holder The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which established a formula for Congress to use when determining if a state or voting jurisdiction requires prior approval before changing its voting laws.