Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Ultimately, the debate surrounding the appointment or election of judges involves balancing the principles of democracy, independence of the judiciary, and the need for qualified and impartial judges.
Different legal systems and societies may adopt different methods based on their specific values and goals.
Yet what is the fairest, most honest and for the people in a democracy that constantly sermonizes "A Just Society"?
Keeping in mind that A "Just Society" is a term frequently used by politicians and their respective political party affiliates to describe an ideal state of affairs where fairness, equality, and social justice are prioritized and upheld.
Thus the specific interpretation of a Just Society may vary depending on the political ideology and the context in which it is discussed.
For example, in Canada’s supreme court judges are appointed by the political party in power at any given time and thus in reality are beholding NOT to the electorate yet rather to the political party that appointed them.
So, it is conceivable that some become political activist judges on behalf of a political party’s ideology and NOT the law or the constitution.
When laws are changed, many diverse, and sometimes unexpected, interests are affected.
Those who are responsible for the change must be alive to these ramifications. Since the interests in question are best understood and explained by those who are affected or would be affected themselves.
Thus, in my view, would it not be desirable that courts involved in the reform of the law permit the representatives of affected interests to participate in the litigation.
For example, most Canadian courts, at least those of civil jurisdiction, are empowered to permit such participation, whether as a party, intervenor, or amicus curiae. For the most part, however, the procedural rules that grant this power do so in discretionary terms.
There are many examples, especially in the constitutional context, of the generous exercise of this discretion. There have been, on the other hand, some disturbing recent instances of courts refusing to allow important interests to be represented in cases involving novel matters.
Judges are not, for the most part, the initiators of legal ideas. Unless of course, they espouse the ideologies of the political masters that appointed them as Judges! Most judicial innovations are conceived in barristers' craniums (often after intercourse with academic publications).
Procedural practices which deprive the courts of exposure to the ideas of counsel representing all significant points of view with respect to a proposed legal change create a risk of ill-advised reform.
Would it not then be prudent to minimize this risk, by ensuring that the rules of standing should ALWAYS be generous, both as to their terms and as to their application of the laws, not ideologies or opinions.
Directly electing federal and state judges has both pros and cons.
Here are some points to consider:
Accountability to the public: Elected judges are directly accountable to the voters. This can promote transparency and responsiveness to public interests since judges may be more inclined to rule in accordance with the will of the people to maintain their positions.
Representation and diversity: Direct elections may lead to more diverse benches, as candidates from different backgrounds and perspectives can campaign for judgeships. This could improve the representation of the broader population within the judiciary.
Reduced political bias: Since judges are not appointed by politicians, there may be a lower risk of political bias influencing the selection process. This could potentially lead to fairer decisions and reduced partisanship in the judiciary.
Greater public engagement: Judicial elections can increase public engagement with the legal system, as voters become more invested in understanding the qualifications and positions of the candidates.
Checks on judicial power: Elected judges may be less insulated from public scrutiny, which could serve as a check on the judiciary's power, preventing potential abuses.
Competence and qualifications: Judicial elections may prioritize popularity over qualifications, leading to less experienced or unqualified candidates winning elections. This could result in less competent judges on the bench.
Influence of money and special interests: Judicial campaigns can be expensive, and candidates may rely on donations from individuals or groups with vested interests in the legal system. This may raise concerns about undue influence and corruption.
The politicization of the judiciary: Elections can lead to judicial candidates making campaign promises or catering to popular opinions, which could compromise the impartiality and independence of the judiciary.
Short-term focus: Elected judges may be inclined to make decisions to please their base and secure re-election, potentially sacrificing long-term justice and the protection of minority rights.
Lack of public awareness: Many voters may not be well-informed about judicial candidates and their qualifications, leading to decisions based on name recognition or other superficial factors.
Implications for unpopular decisions: Judges might be reluctant to make unpopular but necessary decisions if they fear losing their position in the next election.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Individual freedom and Security are not so much the objective security of a Country's Constitution, or even the justice system but rather a sense of confidence in our ability to take care of ourselves.
While constitutions and justice systems play crucial roles in safeguarding rights and maintaining order, as prescripted by governments and then interpreted by the courts, the true sense of confidence in one's ability to take care of oneself and feel secure often goes beyond legal frameworks alone.
The concept of individual freedom involves the absence of coercion or undue constraints on personal choices and actions. When people feel free to make decisions that align with their values and beliefs without fear of oppression or discrimination, they have and thus experience a greater sense of freedom.
On the other hand, security encompasses protection from harm, both physical and psychological. It is not just limited to protection from external threats, such as crime or invasion, but also extends to economic security, social security, and a sense of overall well-being.
The sense of confidence in taking care of oneself is a crucial aspect of freedom and security. It goes beyond relying solely on the formal institutions and systems established by the constitution or justice system of governments be they a Democracy, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Totalitarian, Theocracy, Aristocracy or Dictatorship.
All peoples of the world, as individuals, have lives, relationships, families, and the inherent right to reject or accept social trends and have that right and freedom to free speech and make choices without being bullied, coerced, intimidated, or cancelled or censored by either side of an issue?
Nor censored and silenced by social media or mainstream media outlets of any kind.
As a true democracy doesn’t need fact-blockers or politically biased fact-checkers, no matter if they are from the government, agencies of the government or private corporations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. We need more freedom to speak and discuss opinions on all sides of any issue, not less.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo are the next few Teck corporations that require new owners who support open and free dialogue NOT censorship based on a particular political ideology.
Every individual has the right to define oneself and should others agree with your self-definition or not is another matter entirely.
Unfortunately, it seems obvious that the goal of the mainstream gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender community is to force its ideals onto all citizens in their attempt to reduce individual rights by creating a society that must conform to only one viewpoint?
And when one does not conform you are instantly labelled a homophobic or a Trans phobia person!
Also, we have permitted non-elected bureaucrats and technocrats to be appointed
into positions of setting policy based, on their reasons and speech, without
any directly elected accountability or authority from the citizens at large.
Their policies have revolved around deciding for us the cradle-to-grave decisions that once were democratically reserved solely for families and individuals, NOT the ideologies of only one political party.
Throughout the world, we witness progressive liberal socialists deeply involved emotionally in attacks on truth, reality, free speech, banking, and property rights while ignoring the laws of the land, through the weaponization of the legal systems, the courts etc. in my opinion.
“Freedom” means the opportunity to go through life, with real goals not the artificial goals of surrogate activities, like the media, and without interference, manipulation, or supervision from anyone, especially from any large organization or government.
Freedom means being in control (either as an individual or as a member of a SMALL group) of the life-and-death issues of one’s existence; food, clothing, shelter, and defence against whatever threats, real or conceived there may be in one’s environment.
Freedom means having power; not the power to control, or mandate other people but the power to control the circumstances of one’s own life.
One does not have judicial freedom if anyone else (especially the government or a large organization or media) has power over one, no matter how benevolently, tolerantly, and permissively that power may be exercised.
It is important not to confuse freedom or justice with mere permissiveness and inducement by uncontrolled media reporters or journalists. As Constitutional rights are useful up to a point, yet they do not serve to guarantee much more than what might be called the bourgeois conception of judicial freedom.
Freedom of the press is of very little use to the average citizen as an individual. The mass media are mostly under the control of large organizations that are integrated into the system. Anyone who has a little money can have something printed or can distribute it on the Internet or in some such way, but what he/she has to say will be swamped by the vast volume of material put out by the media or have it un-ceremonially cancelled by the social media Teck giants, hence it will have no practical effect.
To make an impression on society with words is therefore almost impossible for most individuals and small groups in today's so-called democracies worldwide.
Freedom without the individual being in a legal position to protect oneself, then there is no security for the individual or the security of a family.
Politicians say, "Public safety is our top priority.”
Yet, why is it that they do not enforce all the laws and bylaws currently on the books?
Further, why do they not demand that prosecutors, judges, the laws, and sentencing be used to protect public safety as a top priority and for the victims and innocent citizens who pay the price for crimes committed by criminal elements within society?
To solve the problem of crime the laws must be enforced, prosecutors must demand the maximum sentencing and judges must sentence all criminals, regardless of age, based on the laws for crimes of adults under the criminal code NOT under The Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Further, our laws must be updated relating to sentencing i.e., crimes committee on public transit of any kind must be considered as a domestic terrorist act and upon conviction of the first offence, with or without a weapon, the minimum sentence must be one of 15 years without parole of any kind and the first ten years of the sentence must be served in a jail NOT any other institution like a halfway house etc.
And prosecutors or judges all of whom are not elected officials who do not adhere to these new regulations must be FIRED and prohibited from ever holding or working for any government position or within any government agency for life. Plus receive a fine, a minimum fine of $1 MILLION dollars for not protecting the victims and innocent citizens worldwide.A great read @ https://www.mises.at/static/literatur/Buch/hayek-the-constitution-of-liberty.pdf https://iea.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/files/Hayek%27s%20Constitution%20of%20Liberty.pdf
Sunday, July 23, 2023
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released an unclassified FBI-generated record describing an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a Ukrainian business executive. Grassley acquired the record, an FD-1023, via legally protected disclosures by Justice Department whistleblowers.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
The issue of homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse is a complex and ever-increasing problem affecting various regions of Ontario, including the cities within the Eastern Regions. While individual cities and regions have attempted to address the issue, they have not been successful in finding a long-lasting solution. In this regard, a collective effort under a unified Regional Homelessness Authority (RHA) and Plan is the way forward.
The RHA should be designed to unify and coordinate the existing funding, policies, and programs of the regions and cities within the Eastern Regions. It should combine the goals, funding, and resources of the existing networks for permanent housing, health care, child welfare, mental health, education, and employment through collaboration and sufficient resources from service providers, low-barrier shelters, shelter programs, and temporary housing services. By doing so, the RHA can effectively and economically solve these complex problems.
It is also important for the RHA to engage and collaborate with systems and partners outside of existing homelessness financing, plans, and systems response. This includes regional local industries, developers, and employers to assist in solving these complex problems and to show these communities that homelessness is solvable together as opposed to a fragmentation of the homeless, mental health, and substance abuse systems currently in place.
To accomplish such goals, the RHA must have accurate, reliable accounting data on the number of people experiencing homelessness in the regions and cities within the regions and what services and support might be most helpful for them. The RHA should be aware that statistics worldwide suggest that approximately 26% of homeless individuals have a severe mental illness, 34% have a substance use disorder, leaving perhaps 40% who have simply decided to drop out of society to live off the handouts from others by seeking this itinerant way of life at the direct expense of Cities and Municipal governments and their electorate.
The RHA should also understand the various types and scales of emergency, temporary, shelter/barrier-shelters, and permanent housing solutions necessary to meet the needs of people who are honestly and truly experiencing homelessness. Therefore, the RHA must resource and scale on evidence-based policies, programs, and practices that will increase the permanent capacity and effectiveness of the existing and non-existing overall service systems already in place or contemplated.
Once the RHA has accurate, reliable accounting data on the number of people experiencing homelessness, it should prioritize the individuals' most impactful needs and requirements first. The RHA should then connect these individuals to supportive services to address medical, mental health, substance use, employment, and education needs in an effort toward individualized self-sufficiency and reintegration into the community.
The RHA must be conscious of the fact that continued handouts from well-intended government programs and citizens that endlessly give handouts of tents, food, clothing etc. have proven over the past decade not to be the solution to solving this problem of homelessness for the numerous individuals seeking an itinerant way of life removed from society and its rules, regulations, and laws.
The RHA must be conscious of the fact that continued handouts from well-intended government programs and citizens that endlessly give handouts of tents, food, clothing etc. have proven over the past decade not to be the solution to solving this problem of homelessness for the numerous individuals seeking an itinerant way of life removed from society and its rules, regulations and laws.
Finally, the jurisdiction of the RHA must not be limited to existing low-barrier shelters, shelter programs, temporary/permanent housing, or housing services. To dramatically reduce homelessness combined with drug addiction and mental illness low barrier shelters, shelter programs, and temporary housing services. The new RHA must work with and include a network of builders, developers, local industries, permanent housing, health care, child welfare, mental health, education, and employment through collaboration from and with federal and provincial governments and sufficient resources from, and for all such service providers by improving the behavioural health systems through restructuring the existing service systems to improve capacity, supports, and efficiencies on a factual evidence-based approach.
In conclusion, the formation of a Regional Homelessness Authority and Plan, with a unified regional approach that includes the cities within the Eastern Regions, is the best way to tackle the ever-increasing homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse problems affecting these regions. Through this unified approach, it will be possible to combine the resources and collaborate with the existing networks for permanent housing, health care, child welfare, mental health, education, and employment to solve these complex problems effectively and economically.
Monday, January 2, 2023
· Socialist pyramid scams (Schemes) are a utopian fraud on voters promising easy money, forgiving loans, by less work or no work
· Socialist pyramid schemes (Scams) depend on other people’s money and then taxation, more taxation and plus more taxation
· Socialist pyramid schemes (SPS) represent a structure of price, labour, property, and corporate controls on society
· SPS offers easy money and income through the redistribution of wealth and nationalization of industry and corporations
· SPS funnels earnings, profits and property from the richest nonparticipants and corporations on the upper levels of society to governments to be transferred and distributed to the lower and lowest levels of participants and society.
· It is a felony in the U.S. to recruit participants into pyramid schemes, yet academia throughout the world preaches the theory of the socialist pyramid schemes (Scams) yet never the failures and disaster results of socialism are preached.
· Yet, SPS requires the buy-in and support through voter participation and propagandized by media, academia and the courts that remain unchallenged by politicians and their legal system
· All SPS rely on individuals' and corporations’ income for redistribution of wealth, property and profits from participants and nonparticipants alike.
· Like all socialist pyramid scams (SPS) once all corporations and industry have been confiscated and nationalized by the government the scams death by ecocide has been accomplished as detailed throughout history
History, it seems, once passed remains forgotten by the voters, that is until once again we are fooled by the liberal socialist progressive's rebranding of the socialist pyramid scams for political power purposes
The conception of many was that socialism in North America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 32 years ago in 1991.
We all must be reminded of the words of T. S. Eliot who stated, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.”
Socialism in whatever name or form that academia, politicians, and the media continue to support and propagandize for the masses and their comrades by such rebranding we all must continually be reminded that “There is no sense in which socialism can be made compatible with democracy anywhere in the world as socialism eat democracy and is swiftly transmuted into tyranny.”
At best, socialism “stamps out individualism, places civil society into a straitjacket of uniform size and turns representative government into an illusion.”
Throughout Canada; North and South America and indeed the world; after more than 6,000 years of civilization the rights to free speech, the rights to free conscience, and the rights to freedom of religion along with the right to bear arms and the right to a jury trial are continually under attack by liberal socialist progressive politicians