With all the Obama administration is doing via the Justice Department to effect our laws and overstep state laws, it seems an important issue to ask our judicial candidates.
I would like to hear from them – and will ask at our next Midtown Republican Club meeting that will feature Civil Court judges in particular – on several topics.
How do they feel about the recent Obama ruling to overhaul the clemency process for certain drug offenders? Is it overdue or will it lead to more crime when these people are back on the street? I reference Rudy Giuliani’s tactic in New York City when he was mayor. His broken windows strategy, as described in Wikipedia “is a criminological theory of the norm-setting and signalling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.” It seemed to work. Isn’t this Obama plan going to have the opposite effect? Is it just a way to get more votes for Democrats?
Also, what about the legalization of marijuana? Do our judicial candidates feel it is a good thing or that it will encourage crime? What can we learn from the Colorado experiment?
I would also like to know what they think about voter fraud here? Was the 2010 election flawed as the Democrats keep saying? As a poll worker on the day, I find it difficult to believe there was any fraud. Some glitches, yes. When then DA Bill Gibbons walked in my precinct he was flagged as someone who had already voted, as I recall. The officer of elections immediately contacted the Election Commission to straighten this out. Had it been a Republican plot, surely no one would have targeted him, hm? Do they have any concerns about this?
What is the most important thing the city of Memphis can do to cut down on crime? More money? Stricter or lesser sentencing? Family counseling? Education? Or something else?
I am sure our members will have more questions at our May 13th meeting at Cafe Eclectic beginning at 6 p.m. But any current judge or candidate who wants to reply or give their thoughts on this is free to do so. If I hear from any I will reprint what they say.
These issues are too important for our future to be glossed over by media types who already know who they want elected. Memphians need to find out where these people stand because what they do impacts our daily lives.