The Parable of the
(By Ron Branson - 9/2/06)
Once upon a time people believed
the world was flat and anyone who dared challenge 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 then establishment, i.e., "How dare anyone advocate that the
world was anything but flat!"
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 with color
emphasis added, "The first
trend—assailing individual judges for their
rulings—is most visible in
America’s 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 they use, 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, just 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
The Parable of the
Mister 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
Now comes the "complicated"
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
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 so that they can now sue Mr. Jones for his decision to
turn left because, as they put it, "They didn't like Mr.
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 concede to the fact that people make decisions
every day to turn left without committing a violation.
How to Spot These Flat
substitute the word "violation" with the word "decisions,"
because "violation" is too specific and articulable, i.e., a
judge's "deliberate violation of the
Constitution." Everyone understands the engagement.
However, "decisions" are nebulous, vague, undefinable --and no
one under heaven has any way of knowing what it is
they are talking about.
These cultist agree that judges
must swear by an oath to obey the Constitution, but these
cultist revise the issue to argue that notwithstanding this
fact, they still just can't allow these willfully
disobedient judges to be held accountable to their solemn oaths
sworn before God to obey the Constitution, which raises the
question, why take a judicial oath at all if that oath can be
willfully ignored? And further, why do we have that mandated
clause in our Constitution anyway if it can be ignored?
These cultist also 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 muddy the
water and make the word "judge" totally confusing to the reader.
Thus comes into play the Legal Maxim of Law "Fraud lurks in
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 by a judge, but
rather in terms of tens of thousands of decisions made by
hundreds of "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:
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 is smarter |
| than all the S.D. Gov't
Every time you turn left in your
car, remember "The Parable of the Left-Hand Turn,"
and how foolish your government is that it cannot be honest
enough to acknowledge the obvious truth.
"When a man who is
honestly mistaken is shown the truth, he will either cease to be
mistaken or cease to be honest."
Lastly, as you go to the polls
November 7th, remember the Flat Earth Cult's propaganda and
agenda to hornswoggle the voters of South Dakota with their lies
and non-sense on the ballot. Be sure
to tell everyone to:
Vote YES on Amendment