Safeguard our Democratic process by revising Constitution with caution
One of the first things you learn in any American history class is the fundamental importance of our nation’s constitution. This founding document has laid the groundwork for how the United States operates to this day, from the rights to which we are entitled as citizens to the role of government in our lives. My career path took me to positions as a Florida Supreme Court justice and a federal appeals court chief judge, and I simply could not have gotten there without the rights enshrined in the constitution.
Equally important, is Florida’s state constitution.The Florida Constitution operates similarly to our nation’s constitution, outlining the structure of our government and our freedoms. But the Florida Constitution has one very significant difference: Every 20 years, a 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is convened to conduct a thorough review of the state charter to determine what changes may be best for our state.
Starting in February, the commission will travel the state, holding public hearings to gather input from the Florida residents about changes to our constitution. Awareness about this, participation and voting are key to protecting our democratic process.
The commission is composed of individuals appointed by the Governor, the House Speaker, the Senate President, and the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, along with the Florida Attorney General. Members can develop their own proposals and have reviewed hundreds of ideas submitted by Floridians suggesting changes they would like to see made, from the use of tax dollars to gun rights. The commission’s proposed amendments go directly to a statewide ballot next November. This is a significant amount of power placed in the hands of small group of Floridians, and their decisions and actions can make a substantive impact on the state in which we all live.
The Florida Constitution can be amended in more ways than any other state’s constitution, which is a double-edged sword. It means that necessary changes can be made as needed, but it also means it can be comparatively easy for provisions to be added to the constitution that do not truly belong there.
With our constitution wide open in the revision process, it is vital that each amendment be considered with caution. As a long-time judge, I see the separation and balance of powers as the most essential part of our democratic form of government.Without it, one branch of government could attempt to run roughshod over the other two, destroying the balance that our nation holds so dear. PLEASE TURN TO SAFEGUARD/5A
A few weeks ago, someone sent me a piece by vlogger Candace Owens in which she says “The Left uses‘racism’to control black voters." She was right on.Ironically,a few days later,the left and the mainstream media went wild calling President Trump a racist because he supposedly called Haiti and some African countries “S**t hole” countries.
Funny how for the past six decades, Democrats have called Republicans racists so black folk would remain loyal to them and stay on the Democratic Plantation. They can’t keep us “in chains” anymore, but they have “chained our minds."
It was bad enough with Bush 41 and Bush 43, but it is worse with Trump - “POTUS 45”. He used the term “Son-of-a-B***h” when talking about the football players who were refusing to honor the flag and stand for the National Anthem and the Left accused him of racism and talking about their mothers. Everybody knows that “Son-of-a-B***h” is a term used by white men while “mother f**ker” is a term used by black men. And neither term has anything to do with race.
But while black folk are being blinded by “FAKE” determinations of racism, Democrats are replacing them with illegal aliens (or immigrants, mostly Hispanic) that President Obama flooded the Southwest with through his Executive Order in June, 2012, creating DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
Mind you, most constitutionalists agree that Obama’s action in creating DACA was illegal and unconstitutional. He used an illegal act to help illegals. How about that! These illegals, otherwise known as“Dreamers”from the Senate Bill, The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), have become the liberals' new “Negroes."
You see, liberals used to only use us Black Folks to beat up on Republicans while calling them racists. Now it’s the illegal immigrants, particularly the “Dreamers”, who are being used to beat up on Republicans.
Democrats in the Senate, led by Senator Chuck Schumer, even temporarily shut down the government over DACA. They chose to