POSTED ON JULY 3, 2013:
Love Letters, Hate Mail
I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
I am a native Tulsan and a Native American, and I am very much interested in our history -- our real history, not the "revisionist" history promulgated by a group like the Coalition for Social Justice. I am strongly opposed to the renaming of any of our parks, buildings, and areas for the sake of what is being shoved down our throats as "political correctness."
The true name of this guise, historical revisionism, is erasing history to suit a few people who agitate and make noise. Historical revisionism has a long and ugly record: The Nanking massacre, Stalin's Soviet Union, and Holocaust denial are all examples of historical revisionism. Revisionism can be large -- as in these examples -- or small, as in pretending that the longest-serving senator in American history, the late Robert Byrd, a proud Democrat, did not recruit 150 friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan(Byrd, by the way, was unanimously elected to the Ku Klux Klan's top position, Exalted Cyclops).
And historical revisionism can be as small -- and as insidious -- as re-naming an area like the Brady District.
The idea that anyone would even entertain listening to a group such as the Coalition for Social Justice is offensive. No thoughtful, intelligent, patriotic American would give this group an audience. We are being hood-winked by a group that wants to change America, and not in a good way. They are intent on making enough noise on a given issue to make officials think that they represent the majority of us. It is the responsibility of the right-thinking majority to make sure that our government officials understand how we feel. We must make our feelings known.
The Brady District should remain the Brady District. That is history, good or bad. I don't believe for one minute that tourists coming to our fair city will avoid the area because Brady wasn't a perfect man -- any more than Democrats ceased to re-elect Robert Byrd because he was a Ku Klux Klan organizer. CSJ and other radical groups exist for one reason only: to cause unrest! I for one am not buying that they have any business telling Tulsa what our citizens can name areas in our city.
CSJ should crawl back into the narcissistic holes whence they emerged. And their fans should be aware that the public is waking up: witness the 60 percent spike in sales of George Orwell's 1984 since the revelations of NSA spying on American citizens. 1984, by the way, is a classic cautionary tale of historical revisionism.
-- Julie Bryant
Justice For Sale
The granddaddy of Oklahoma scandals involved the State Supreme Court, where justice was for sale.
Lawyer Harlan Grimes called the Supreme Court corruption to the public's attention and named the case in which bribery had occurred. The Oklahoma Bar disbarred him for breaking their code of silence.
While serving a 1964 federal sentence for income tax evasion, Justice N.S. Corn, 80, confessed he had accepted a series of bribes.
In 1967, the State Constitution was amended to order selection of appellate judges on a non-partisan retention ballot and established a Judicial Nomination Commission to forward three candidates to the Governor who makes the selection.
In effect, it is a lifetime appointment because no Oklahoma justice or judge has been defeated through the state-wide "yes-no," low-profile retention voting.
The State House of Representatives is conducting an interim study on term limits for appellate judges, including the State Supreme Court.
It is long overdue.
Because power corrupts, we limit governors and presidents to two four-year terms and state legislators to 12 years.
We should limit judges and justices to terms of eight years because they get "black robe fever" after hearing lawyers say over and over, "Your Honor," and they mount the high bench above the rest of us in the common herd and the bailiff announces, "All rise, the Honorable...presiding." If eight years is enough for governors and presidents, it should be about right for bench warmers.
-- Virginia "Blue Jeans" Jenner
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