Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

What does Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have in common with Gloucester County, Virginia?

Politicians and judges who try their mightiest to keep citizens from influencing government.

In Wilkes-Barre, a judge ruled that Denise Carey would have to pay the court costs for the money spent by the city to trounce her attempt to put a local issue to a vote.

In Gloucester, a group of citizens got angry at four newly elected members of the county’s Board of Supervisors. The four had participated in a closed meeting. So some folks worked to get a Grand Jury, which indicted the supervisors, and then they petitioned to recall them.

The judge who got the case was neither respectful nor amused. He threw out the indictments — and, citing a minor technicality, the petitions too.

He then ruled that the citizen activist group owed $80,000, to cover a majority of the supervisors’ legal bills.

As I told you a few weeks ago, the Wilkes-Barre case had a good ending, with higher courts reversing the judge’s decision.

In Gloucester County, the ACLU is coming to the aid of the group, and the state legislature is considering a law preventing judges in future cases from punishing citizens exercising their rights.

Great — but wouldn’t it be better if politicians and judges respected citizen rights in the first place?

That would be Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. Timothy James Maki says:


  2. Joe Chapala says:

    Politicians and judges will not respect citizen rights unless there are consequences to their actions. The internet is becoming a bully pulpit for the common man and woman. These people can’t be allowed to exist in a cocoon of secrecy and non-transparency.

    I saw a news story today about a frustrated homeowner that had a number of foreclosures in his neighborhood that were allowed to deteriorate. He created a website, that allows concerned neighbors report publicly on lenders that are not doing their part to be good stewards in the communities that they have REO’s.

    Joe Chapala
    Casa Preciosa Ajijic, Mexico

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