I believe a successfully run country must have rules to follow and an impartial group of people to help interpret them. There should be no politics involved in the interpretation of these rules. These judges of what is right and wrong should look at each case and decide how it fits into the basic tenets of our constitutional laws. This has to be one of the most difficult tasks that our government requires of someone. To put one's own beliefs aside and search for the truth in a centuries old document takes a strength and wisdom that few of us possess.
That is why it is frightening to hear a candidate say that he/she will nominate a judge who is strongly pro-life or strongly pro-choice, or one who is strongly pro/anti anything. I realize that candidates want to win, and pandering to the far right or left by focusing on these button-pushing topics seems a smart political move when discussing our Supreme Court, but in my eyes it is completely against what our forefathers had in mind in 1789, when the court was first established. This high court plays the definitive role in resolving the definitive issues of its time, and its judges should never be appointed according to their strongly held political or moral views. Though they must by morally strong, they can not be strongly morally biased on issues if they can not put those biases aside when making their decisions.
It is also the job of our Congress to make sure that they quickly replace any judge who has died or retired. The Supreme Court is way too important to be held hostage by any one group in our country. Until democrats and republicans and independents can stop acting like neighborhood gangs fighting each other for control of their block, our country will continue to lose the power we need to maintain our place in the world.
Meanwhile, Arthur and I decided to take a mini vacation last week, and went to Savannah, Georgia, to immerse ourselves in a little southern hospitality. We visited one of my favorite bookstores, E. Shaver's, and I loved the sign that they had standing in front of the window. Make sure you read all ten items, because they really must have read my mind when they made the sign.
I read a fascinating book this week, narrated by Music. Mitch Albom continues to give us books that are so different than any other author's writings, and each one touches the reader's heart in a special way. In The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, we are introduced to a young man who is blessed with talent and magical guitar strings. The story starts at his funeral, where his life is recounted by a personified Music. Frankie's life was made rich with talented musicians he met along the way, but as we read, we realize that he bestowed even greater gifts on them. This is definitely a worthwhile book to read and gift to a friend.
I also read a good mystery this week. Shelley Costa's book, A Killer's Guide to Good Works (A Val Cameron Mystery Book 2), is a fun mystery with a little bit of Dan Brown mixed in with a little bit of cozy mystery style writing. Val Cameron is a strong protagonist, and the story is a bit more intense than your average light mystery. I actually read it in several sittings (yes...they were long sittings) over a two day period, and found myself being pulled back to it as I went along.
As always, full reviews of these books will follow this blog.