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- The Parable of the Left-Hand Turn(By Ron Branson - 9/2/06)Once upon a time people believed the world was flat and that anyone who dared challenged that "fact" was considered a heretic. Any opposer would be derided, spat upon, and run out of town. This flat earth advocacy was held with a tenacious cult fervor and was the official position of the establishment, i.e., "How dare anyone advocate that the world was anything other than flat!" For the curious, one would be amused by typing "Flat Earth Society" in their search engine.For purposes of this Left-Hand Turn parable, we direct your attention to The Flat Earth Cult, and explain what they are, what they believe, and how to spot them.These Flat Earth Cult members have a very difficult time comprehending basic common sense that can be easily understood by a child. They vociferously advocate that they know truth, while all the time they do not know what it is they are talking about. These cult members are generally well educated, professional, often lawyers, and financially secure, but have the common sense of a dumb ostrich who sticks his head in the ground and thinks he cannot be seen since he cannot see you.Here is an example of two educated lawyers, Aziz Huq and James Sample, both devoid of common sense, how they think regarding the specific violations established in the second paragraph of Amendment E. In the August 30, 2006 ThomasPaine.com article entitled, "The Warrant's Out On Judges," we quote, "The first trendassailing individual judges for their rulingsis most visible in Americas state courts. Take by way of example a ballot initiative campaign in South Dakota known as JAIL4Judges which would remove judges immunity from prosecution based on the substance of their decisions."Note the terms used, to wit, assailing judges for their "rulings," and based on their "decisions."Paragraph 2 of Amendment E on the ballot, which pertains to immunity, actually states, "No immunity shall extend to any judge of this State for any deliberate violation of law, fraud or conspiracy, intentional violation of due process of law, deliberate disregard of material facts, judicial acts without jurisdiction , blocking of a lawful conclusion of a case, or any deliberate violation of the Constitutions of South Dakota or the United States, notwithstanding Common Law, or any other contrary statute." Nowhere in that paragraph can there be found the words "rulings" or "decisions," nor is there any suggestion therein that either or both of those terms have anything to do with assailing judges. Yet the premise of their contention is based upon the implied application of those words.Their conclusion results from their inability to apply common sense to textual criticism. They, like South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, claim JAIL4Judges (Amendment E) is about going after judges for making decisions. However, a reading of the J.A.I.L. Amendment plainly shows that it is not about judges' "decisions" at all, but about seven specific and deliberate violations of law committed by judges.The Parable of the Left-Hand TurnMister Jones was driving down Broadway Boulevard showing off his new convertible. He soon approached the intersection of Broadway and Main. That intersection was clearly posted "No Left Turn." Despite the posted sign, Mr. Jones went ahead and completed a left-hand turn. Moments later a police officer pursued him with red lights flashing and pulled him over, resulting in the issuance of a citation.Now comes the "complicated" question:Did the police officer cite Mr. Jones for exercising his decision to turn left? or, for violating the posted No-Left-Turn sign?For the normal person, this question is elementary and easily resolved; for they are capable of applying common sense and can figure out that Mr. Jones violated the posted sign. However, for members of the Flat Earth Cult (primarily government officials, including lawyers and judges), this question presents a real dilemma; for they are unable, under any circumstances, to acknowledge the simple fact that violations exist. So, obviously, the cultists' only answer to that question can be that Mr. Jones was cited for his "decision" to turn left.After Mr. Jones received the violation ticket, he proceeded four blocks up Main Street to his home located on the left where he exercised another "decision" to turn left --this time into his own driveway. However, due to oncoming traffic he had to wait for a clearing. His having to wait for a left-hand turn caused an accumulation of cars behind him.Despite the fact that the drivers waiting behind Mr. Jones did not "like his decision" to turn left, there was nothing they could do about it. However,now these Flat Earth cultists have come up with an "ingenious" new argument; and that is, if Amendment E passes, it will open up the floodgates of litigation for all these drivers who had to wait behind Mr. Jones since they can now sue Mr. Jones for his decision to turn left because, as they say, "They didn't like his decision."You see, in the mind of these Flat Earth Cult members, left-hand turns are inherently evil, and thus everyone who makes a decision to turn left is suable. And since these Flat Earth Cult members are totally blind, devoid of common sense, and absolutely unable to acknowledge the existence of a violation, (i.e., no judge would ever willfully violate the law) they cannot accept the fact that people make decisions every day to turn left without committing a violation.How to Spot These Flat Earth CultistsThey always substitute the word "violation" with the word "decisions," because "violation" is too specific and articulable. Everyone understandsexactly what we are talking about. However, "decisions" are nebulous, vague, and undefinable --no one has any way of knowing what we aretalking about.They handle the term "Judge" in the same manner. We all know what a judge is who sits on the bench. So the objective of this cult is to make the word "judge" totally confusing to the reader. Thus comes into play theLegal Maxim of Law "Fraud lurks in generalities.""Violations" are specific, articulable, and limited. "Decisions" are non-specific and are made by the tens of thousands. Hence, these Flat Earth cultists never talk in terms of a violation of a judge, but rather in terms of tens of thousands of decisions made by "decision-makers" which are composed of an unending list of government agencies such as school boards, township boards, parole boards, water boards, medical boards, zoning boards, mental health boards, professional licensing boards, city councilmen, city commissioners, county commissioners, and hundreds more, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, etcetera, etcetera, --all of these bureaucrats enjoying judicial immunity for their "decisions." One can go down the inexhaustible alphabet-soup bureaucratic departments of government agencies until they get sick of hearing of them. These are the decision-maker "judges" about which these Flat Earth cultists are talking about. Again, the Legal Maxim: "Fraud lurks in generalities."Mothers, while we acknowledge that this is too complicated for State Attorney General Larry Long, who wrote the explanation of Amendment E for the November 7th ballot, ask your child if they can understand the difference between a left-hand turn "violation," and a "decision" to turn left. If your child can grasp this concept, then you may place a bumper-sticker on your car that says,My child outsmartsall S.D. GovernmentEverywhere you go, and every time you turn left, remember "The Parable of the Left-Hand Turn." And lastly, as you go to the polls November 7th, resist the Flat Earth Cult's objective to hornswoggle the voters of South Dakota with their ballot non-sense, and vote YES on Amendment E!-Ron Branson
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