The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

October 20, 2012

On Nov. 6, turn the ballot over, vote no

OTTUMWA — On April 3, 2009, Iowans witnessed blatant judicial activism by the Iowa Supreme Court. The court legislated from the bench, they governed from the bench and they even attempted to amend our constitution from the bench as they declared Iowa a “same-sex” marriage state. This is not their role. The Legislature makes the law. The governor executes the law. And only “we the people” can amend our constitution. So in 2010, over 525,000 Iowans voted to remove three activist Supreme Court judges from the bench.

If the Iowa Supreme Court will do this to marriage, every one of our freedoms, including gun rights and private property, is in danger of being usurped by activist judges who are nonelected officials. Some say Judge Wiggins is being unfairly targeted, but in reality he is not. Iowans are simply using a retention process to remove an activist judge. Wiggins made himself a target when he went outside his constitutional boundaries and forced same-sex marriage onto Iowans.

Others contend that courts should be free from political and financial influence. I agree. That’s why so many Iowans are stunned by their special interest group-influenced decision to force same-sex marriage onto the state of Iowa, while the people of Iowa have no say in the matter whatsoever.

Still others say, “You can’t throw out a judge for one opinion.” Every Iowan I have talked to disagrees. The implications of one opinion can be devastating. One opinion has killed 60 million babies, and one opinion has changed the definition of marriage in the state of Iowa.

Iowa has had a process in place since 1962 whereby Iowans can vote whether or not to retain our judges. On Nov. 6, turn your ballot over and vote “NO” on the Retention of Iowa Supreme Court Judge David Wiggins.

Randy Davis


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