The things I want, and how I will achieve what I want, are NOT meant to change our governmental framework, but to have the right people in their proper roles so government functions as intended.
Said another way, the “framework” upon which we are assured our public servants perform their governmental functions in a truthful and honorable way is to insure we have three independent branches of government. Each branch of government is suppose to be a “check and balance” between the others. Once we allow one branch to invade the other it creates the very breeding ground of corruption and crises upon crises we face election after election.
I understand the definition of “servant”, the definition of “public”, the meaning of “governments’ just powers”. And I understand the meaning of “to protect and maintain individual rights.” I also know people are increasingly angry with our currently employed “public servants” who have no idea their sole purpose is “to protect and maintain individual rights.” And I have learned that as you peel back the layers of our corrupt government, at the core of the rotten onion you find lawyers. I believe very strongly that once the “legal profession” is “regulated” by citizens and not by other lawyers, the ‘government enterprise’ will begin to heal itself – RAPIDLY!
I also believe that lawyers should not be allowed to run for legislative office. All lawyers belong to a state agency, the WA State Bar, and are regulated by the WA Supreme Court. To allow lawyers to also serve in the WA State Legislature presents a “separation of powers” issue and needs to be resolved by expelling lawyers from the legislature.
This “mingling” of the judicial branch with the legislative branch has profound implications when you realize that the “legislative” branch is the “ONLY” branch that can impeach a judge. This is established by Article 5 of our State constitution. In other words, if lawyers are part of the only branch that can impeach a judge – the legislative branch, what would be their inclination in taking such an “oversight” action if either the lawyer/legislator or his law firm may face this judge or one of the judge’s colleagues in the course of their legal work? How can you trust either branch if this conflict is inherent in having lawyers hold legislative office with the power to impeach a judge?
Another example. Suppose you hire a lawyer who is NOT also a legislator. Your opponent to your lawsuit hires the law firm with one of more of their lawyers also holding seats int the legislature. Who do you think the “judge” will favor?
Besides, the legal profession ranks so low with people when asked about “honest/ethics in professions” to allow them to also infiltrate our legislative branch is simply foolhardy. See Gallup Poll