Sep 28 2012
Today is my final post as Deputy Director of PMC and PMCAction. For the last ten years, I have worked with terrific leaders and partners to enable the public to decide whether there is a better way to choose appellate court judges. I am convinced that Merit Selection is that better way and that, given the opportunity to vote on the question, the people of Pennsylvania would agree. To date, our leaders in Harrisburg have not given the people the right to decide the question.
Change is slow, especially constitutional change. That is appropriate; it should be difficult to amend the constitution. Change should only occur after dialogue, debate and education, followed by a public referendum. The trouble here is that those who oppose change fear the dialogue, debate and ultimate vote.
It is easy to do nothing and complain about the rising costs, increasing partisanship and growing divisiveness of judicial elections. It is easy to sit back and opine that contributions to judicial campaigns must affect judicial decisions without working to change the system. It is easy to decry the decreasing public confidence that our courts are places
of fairness and impartiality where all can come for justice.
What is hard is to act. To work every day to educate, publish the facts, and make a case for change. This is the hard work that PMC,PMCAction and the Reform Coalition are engaged in. We are committed to continuing that work until the leaders in Harrisburg give the public the chance to decide for themselves whether there is a better way to choose our appellate court judges.
Although I am leaving PMC and PMCAction, I am not leaving the growing group of Pennsylvanians who want change. I will continue to support the work of the Reform Coalition, and I look forward to the day when this blog is advertising an upcoming public referendum on amending the
constitution to change the way we choose judges. That day will come.