Scott Tibbs
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September 24th, 2005

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Should we abolish jury trials?

In an utterly stupid criticism of my letter regarding a School Board member's inexcusable behavior earlier this week, the Left is ranting hysterically about how I was not at the school board meeting.

All right, let's take this argument to its logical conclusion. First, we need to abolish jury trials, and maybe the entire court system. After all, no one can make an informed decision as a juror if he or she did not personally witness the events being disputed in court. The next thing to do would be to make sure newspaper reporters do not report on anything they did not personally witness. This means reporters cannot interview sources about what is happening, what has happened, or what will happen.

Of course, no sane person would propose something like that. So why the whining and crying about my letter?

The simple fact is that the local Left hates it when I expose them for what they are. Since they cannot deal with what I write directly, they must personally attack and demonize me. This has become a pattern with the Left, and is a classic ad hominem logical fallacy. If you cannot refute the argument or the facts, attack the messenger.

No, I did not attend the School Board meeting earlier this week, so I did not personally witness School Board president Sue Wanzer ripping up materials presented to her by constituents. I did, however, speak with people who were there to confirm what happened. That happens every single day in newspapers, news programs on radio and television, and news web sites all over the world, but the local Left does not accept it when such investigative journalism comes from

I have confirmed the events of Tuesday night with four different people who attended the meeting. Deuteronomy 19:15 says "at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established." If that is good enough for the Creator of the universe, that is good enough for this blog.

Here is the bottom line: School Board president Sue Wanzer broke the trust voters placed in her in the 2000 and 2004 elections and showed extreme disrespect and disdain for both her constituents and the First Amendment. No matter how much hate and venom is directed at me from Monroe County Leftists, they cannot hide who they really are. Whether the local Left likes it or not, they do not have a monopoly over discussion of news and issues in Monroe County.