Congratulations to Sara Parker
on her appointment by Governor Easley to the Chief Justice position on the NC Supreme Court. Rachel is now seeking the Associate Justice seat currently held by Mark Martin.
My Judicial Views or the Name of My Dog?
Which Is More Important?
Rachel with her dog Max in their blockbuster commercial that aired during the 2004 election
in various NC markets. Click on the above photo to view Rachel's new TV Commercial.
January 12, 2006
Dear Friends & Voters:
Since the hearings of Judge Alito have commenced I thought that I would briefly make mention of him. I never met him and like Chief Justice Roberts, can say neither good nor bad of him. Again, the usual suspects in Washington, D.C. are each playing to their special interests. To those on the left, he will take away abortion rights. To those on the right, he will end abortion. Again, neither side is asking the right questions.
I do not believe the Court will end abortion, but one never knows. It ended private property rights with the decision in Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut, so my guess is just that - a guess. However, a columnist at Lew Rockwell's site wrote a very good article about it. Here is the link to the article for those who are interested:
Here is a quote that was written by an attorney, J. H. Huebert:
Instead, the evidence shows Alito to be exactly the sort of judge we would expect George W. Bush to appoint: in the words of his Princeton classmate Judge Andrew Napolitano, "a big government conservative who will almost always side with the government against the individual, and the federal government against the state." There will be a lot of fighting in Washington over Alito, and it will probably involve . . . Senators saying a lot of infuriatingly stupid things about the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court. But, whatever they may say, let's resist the temptation to join the fray - Judge Alito is not even close to being worthy of our efforts. I don't know if Alito will be confirmed - but given his lifelong commitment to the federal government, I suspect he will. I am certain, however, that regardless of who wins the political battle, liberty will lose.
I think he sums it up excellently.
In my last writing, I had posed a number of questions to Justice Martin. To a great number of voters, it may be important for them to know just where a candidate stands on the War in Iraq. Regardless of the Iraq war or CAFTA or the Patriot Act, questions 4-10 are relevant and important considerations to everyone. I invite Judge Duke and the other judicial candidates to answer the same questions, not to me, but to the voters.
I cannot talk about abortion, because that case can conceivably come before me and I do not want to have to recuse myself. Such is the case with many other issues that affect our daily lives. But I can tell the voters how I would decide a case if elected and I can tell you where I stand on other matters, like the war in Iraq, CAFTA, the Patriot Act or our civil liberties as outlined in the Bill of Rights so that you can make up your own mind about me.
It is up to Justice Martin, Judge Duke or the other candidates to tell you their positions on the issues. If they don't, I think that fact is telling, but you can draw whatever conclusion you choose. Most voters simply do not have the time to read a candidate's decisions or do not know where to look. As a public service to those who are interested, here is one link to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions in our state:
The voters can go there to read recent opinions by any of the appellate court candidates. The cases are there dating back to 1997 for the North Carolina Supreme Court and 1996 for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Decisions are catalogued by month; the reader will have to search for decisions authored by a particular judge or justice.
With that out of the way, I turn now to the thrust of this article. As you know, I set up a PAC last year; its called the Madame Justice PAC. The purpose of the PAC was to find and fund good candidates who are committed to responsible government and who are against the war in Iraq. I told you that I would find good candidates. I have.
There is Ty Harrell, running for the 41st House District seat. There is Ed Ridpath, running for House District 37. There is Heath Shuler, a candidate for a Congressional House seat in the 11th district. I have not met Mr. Shuler, but there is no question that Charles Taylor needs to go and Mr. Shuler appears to be the man for the job. There is Mark Perry, an attorney running for the Clerk of Court seat in Wake County. From experience, I can tell you that the Clerk's office is mismanaged. We need someone who will get things back on track.
And there is Julia Wolf Hejazi, who is running for the district attorney position in Greensboro. As some of you may know, Julia was a district attorney over there. The district attorney who was there was appointed judge so he departed. The governor chose to fill that vacancy with someone other than Julia who has no experience at all with the district attorney's job. His first act in office? To fire Julia. Not very smart, in my opinion.
Julia Wolf Hejazi is running for District Attorney in Guilford County.
So we have Congressional representatives, state representatives, a court clerk and a district attorney. All are good candidates. With the exception of Julia, they have not served in government before. Instead, they are ordinary people like me, who realized that there is a void of leadership in our government or our judicial system and they believe that they have something to offer to change the path that we are on.
Unfortunately, these candidates need your help. I have pledged to devote money from the PAC to these individuals. The PAC allows persons to donate more than the election laws.
This government as we know it may be non-existent soon. Can you believe that Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's Attorney General, has discussed suspending the election? It has happened and what was once unthinkable is now in the realm of the possible and probable. The time to act is now.
Thomas Paine urged the American colonists to fight. The Americans were fighting the mightiest army on the Earth at that time. They struggled and sacrificed and endured many hardships and brutalities. The Americans eventually won the day by their sacrifice.
I am not asking you to endure the level of suffering that the American colonists endured. But I am asking you to make some level of sacrifice. If you can afford to give, give generously. Even if you can only afford to give a small amount, give what you can when you can. Your sacrifice is deeply appreciated. If you live somewhere else, you can still donate to the PAC. If you live in Canada or outside the US, do you have any friends or relatives in North Carolina? Tell them about me and about these candidates. If you really cannot afford to donate, I do understand and do not think less of you. But perhaps you can help in some other way? These candidates need people to do things. Again, if you live elsewhere, find candidates in your area who need your support as well. Paul Hackett of Ohio comes to mind, and I am sure that there are others too. Run for office yourself or get appointed to a board or commission. Many seats are yours for the asking. Get involved to save what is left of our country before its too late. And these candidates are counting on you. Don't let them down.
As for me, here is a sample of what I have endured:
"Moronic, paranoid ravings." - Jack Marin
"You really have lost your mind." -Steve Russell
"After reading the Madame Justice newsletter in my email account, I realize she deserve the tumor that made her look retard in the pictures." - Paul Joseph
"It is my sincere prayer that you fail in your efforts!!! I doubt that you are native to North Carolina. . . . My family has been here since 1788" - Charlotte Allen
"You have officially lost my vote and the votes of my family. You originally sent me spam. . . . If I get one more unsolicited email from you I will file suit."- Eric Smith
Are YOU a stupid democrack? Why are democracks SOoo racist, and NON inclusive under the guise of being so?...Demokkkrats have completely voided NC of any ethics and respectiblity! WHY would anyone support any democrack in NC these days??? STRIVE to be SMARTER than a DEMOCRAKKK!!! - Fisher Caudle
The attacks are much on the same line. I am "nuts," "crazy" or some other synonym meaning the same thing. Is it nuts to want to fulfill a lifelong dream? We all have idiosyncrasies, but I assure you, I am fully oriented to and aware of who I am and my surroundings and that I am perfectly sane.
As for my brain tumor, anyone who has been through a serious illness knows what it is like. They would not be so foolish as to wish it on others, even on their enemies or those of a different political persuasion. And anyone who has had this disease, an acoustic neuroma, knows that it is a tumor growing on the auditory nerve. The tumor grows in the brain, but is not of the brain tissue itself. Brain function is not affected by its removal. I can do nothing about my appearance; the right side of my face is paralyzed, although there is movement in my cheek muscle and I hope it will completely recover in time.
No, I am not a native to North Carolina. So isn't Ed Ridpath. Heath Shuler was here and left before returning. Does that make him a native? According to them, only those who are born here can be qualified for office. It does not matter that your job transferred you here or you choose to live and pay taxes here. Since you cannot run for office and have a say in how you are governed, I guess you should not vote either, because you aren't from here.
My first thoughts are not to threaten to sue someone. Like everyone else, I am treated to a daily dose of spam. The solution is to either buy or get a free program that will filter out true spam (campaign literature does not meet the definition of spam that I can see) or failing that, to simply hit the "delete" button.
It is people like these who are the true racists. I was at their convention. I saw how they voted. It is they who refused to elect someone different to lead them in a new direction because of his race.
The Democrats I know are not racists and I explained my views in my last post. I don't know how someone can accuse me both of being a racist against those who are Caucasian and a member of the KKK at the same time. I am not biased against anyone because of race and I try to judge people on their character.
I have judged the above individuals to be what they are - arrogant, foolish, unintelligent, lazy racists and elitists.
Help me fight these bastards.
Rachel Lea Hunter
Candidate for NC Supreme Court Associate Justice
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Congratulations to Patricia "Pat" Timmons-Goodson on her appointment to the NC Supreme
Court. She has taken the seat formerly held by now Chief Justice Sara Parker.