I thought you might be open to some
humor for today. I personally know Bill Thornton. He believes we should set up
our own self-made judicial system, while not recognizing or submitting to the
current judicial system. His proposal is that we should accomplish this through
what he defines as "common law courts."
When another person whom I know, now
deceased, was asked where they may locate the court of common law, the response
was, "Well, it's in Van Nuys somewhere. I understand the hinges are rusted and
it has cobwebs over the door." (Van Nuys is the civic center in the
San Fernando Valley in which he was teaching a class on Common Law - for a fee,
According to Thornton, I am
deceiving and misleading everyone of you into following "my plan." Should I/we
succeed, I/we will accomplish the ultimate destruction of our country, of which
our supposed "enemies" actually hope I/we accomplish. My comment is, "I was
wondering why all the judges, legislators and prosecuting attorneys are rushing
to us with their personal money in hand to give to us so as to assure the
passage of JAIL. Maybe that's why billions of dollars are coming our
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 1:01 AM
Subject: jail4judges initiative and the trashing of the American
To: Ron Branson
Re: Jail for Judges
Initiative and the trashing of the American Republic. As the old Chinese
saying goes, be careful what you wish for, lest you actually get it.
I have been telling you that our
system already has the mechanisms built into it for correcting rogue judges. For
some reason you have not bothered to avail yourself of the information. I
wonder why. I guess you feel you know all that needs to be known about our
system. I can't say for sure.
What I see is your brash willingness to trash
one of the critical protections of our Constitution: The common law.
And you are convincing a lot of people who have misplaced their faith in you
that this is the way to go. In your angry zeal to get at the judges your way,
instead of the well thought out existing way, you are advocating short term
cures with long term destructiveness.
The American common law has everything needed
to correct rouge judges. The only requirement is that you must actually
take the time to learn it.
You have proposed in your writings that the constitutionally legislated
law created by the people through the initiative process should supersede the
common law of the people. In other words, what is now the higher,
unwritten, highly adaptable, inexpensive common law of the people is to be
completely replaced by a written, unadaptable organic law that if found to be
imperfect can only be changed by expensive, difficult, sluggish means.
Goethe once said, "There is
nothing so fearful as ignorance in action." I fear your well intentioned
ignorance. Yes, you do mean well. But you have demonstrated to me
such a lack of understanding of our system: my rights are endangered by
your well meaning proposals. You are in the process of setting a
destructive precedent that, once it takes root, will complete the conversion of
this country from a republic which legally recognizes absolute individual rights
and protections through the common law, to a democracy which allows absolute
rule by the majority (in a democracy minorities only have privileges granted to
them at the will and pleasure of a condescending
majority; i.e. minorities
have no genuine rights).
Said another way, you are advocating replacing the law
of 100% of the people by a law that requires only a majority of the
people--that, sir, is a definite weakening of the system's protections from this
minority member's point of view.
If I were on the side of the state, I would
hope that your Jail for Judges initiative passes. Myopic bureaucrats will
be opposed, but the long term thinkers among the bureaucracy will see the great
destructive opportunity you are handing them and will support your
cause. It will be a great precedent and opportunity for the U.S.A.
to rejoin the countries of Europe and Latin America where the will of the state
(which represents the manipulated majority) supersedes the minority with only
cursory concern for the minority's rights.
All that will be so if your proposal to make
the common law subservient to the written law succeeds.
And for what reason? Because you won't
learn about the existing legal tools given to the people by the founding fathers
to protect our freedoms.
help for attorneys/lawyers/courts of record **
** Bill Thornton