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April 1, 2021 Letters


Jon Meacham

The March News noted the Supreme Court Historical Society’s recent “Supreme Evening” and the sublime peeving in the subjective weaving by its spotlighted speaker, historian Jon Meacham. He served up a lemon meringue harangue with “(our) democratic republic based on reason, where you need curiosity, candor, and empathy” is in the midst of an “epistemological crisis” due to denying the reality of inconvenient truths.

You teach um, Mr. Meacham. Indeed, fat cats in the high hats are canceling curiosity; “can’t” canons are cannoning candor; and the more secular the sympathies, the more ephemeral the empathies.

Mr. Meacham asked “Do you want to be Joe McCarthy, or do you want to be Margaret Chase Smith? Do you want to be Bull Connor, or do you want to be Martin Luther King or John Lewis? Do you want to be Abraham Lincoln, or do you want to be Andrew Johnson?” and added “I think the answer to all those questions is pretty clear.”

You preach um, Mr. Meacham. Indeed, just “pretty clear” for in the ugly swamps of thought rollers and action controllers, the answer that is right has been left, evidenced by their “illuminating (one way) conversation about how we solve problems.”

For it to be clear, the spoiled HAM (Hollywood Academia Media) sandwich (that our globalist mind-washing menders try to make us swallow and regurgitate) needs to disseminate a Declaration of Conscience, and biding by word must be trumped by action to successfully sack cysts like blacklists.

For it to be clear, the spoiled HAM sandwich [plenty of bread; salty, pink(o) meat; and chuckle-inducing, chucklehead-producing, really cheesy cheese] needs to stop hosing the masses with woke joke tool bull and the con of “equity” and stop denying the reality of the inconvenient truth of what realizes real (not fake) equality, as prescribed by the good doctor: treat everyone by content of character, not by color of skin.

For it to be clear, the spoiled HAM sandwich needs to stop denying the reality of the inconvenient truth that a person’s a person, no matter how small, and that the United States of America is of the people, by the people, for the people, not just the preferred people. And, so it does not perish from the earth, this nation, under God, must have a new birth of freedom.

For what I beseech um, may the upright iris synchronizing light to enable us to see outlast the uptight virus of sin, organizing might to disable you and me.

The great Americans named by Mr. Meacham helped inspire us to be who we can be by the better angels of our nature. We can have the value of real diversity and inclusion (not perversity and exclusion), real scale-and-sword justice (not hammer-and-sickle social justice), and real unity under our country’s Constitution (not devised division under a new world order).

Mr. Meacham said “if you want to know someone’s heart, you have to know what breaks it.” I think I know what was in Margaret Chase Smith’s, Martin Luther King’s, and Abraham Lincoln’s hearts, for if they were with us in our federal republic right now, I’m sure their hearts would be broken.


In the recent News, you have an article regarding Jon Meacham as the featured speaker at the Supreme Court Historical Society. I found your thinly disguised political bias rather alarming. Like so many others in your profession, you have used your position to proselytize rather than to inform.

At the outset, you identify the challenges facing us by beginning with “racial justice.” I am not aware of any poll placing “racial justice” above all other challenges. In fact, we have enshrined racial equality into our laws and continue to work toward a society governed by meritocracy and not immutable characteristics.

Equally biased was the attention given to Mr. Meacham’s opinion that the “last four to five years presented an existential crisis.” At this point, Mr. Meacham’s credibility was suspect having invoked “existential,” the most over-used adjective in the left’s playbook of hyperbole. However, I continued reading, wondering if he just might reference the Obama Administration’s role in spying on the incoming Trump Administration, or perhaps the FBI’s alteration of evidence. Of course, I was to be disappointed. You quoted Mr. Meacham heaping praise upon his good friend, President Joe Biden, whom he hopes will restore a “respectful” and “illuminating” conversation. Suffice it to say that there are more than 75 million of us who saw things very differently.

Your choice of subject matter was merely a means of denigrating outgoing President Donald J. Trump. Apart from restoring integrity into our governmental institutions, we have a long way to go in restoring balance in the media. Unfortunately, you first need the will to try.

‘Ideal Judicial Demeanor’

On January 28, the legal community and the judiciary of Florida lost one of its best. Jon Morgan was liked and respected by all members of the Conference of Florida County Court Judges. In 2005, Gov. Bush appointed him as a circuit judge in the Ninth Circuit. Judge Morgan was as respected by the Circuit Judges Conference as he was by the County Judges. He exemplified the ideal judicial demeanor and collegiality.

Judge Morgan was bright, personable, empathetic, and dedicated to his responsibilities. He had the enviable ability to listen attentively and debate a point in the quietest and most professional manner. Even before he was appointed to the bench in 1998, Judge Morgan was a founding member of the Teen Court in Osceola County and on the board of directors for the Center for Drug Free Living and Help Now. He also served as the president of the Osceola County Bar from 1987 to 1988.

Over the past several years the members of the committee have had the privilege of serving on The Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure with Judge Morgan, where his influence was just as quiet, but effective. When he spoke, no matter what side of an issue you were on, you listened and considered what he had to say.

On behalf of the members of the Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee and our chair, Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey, we extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Judge Morgan’s family. May his memory forever be a blessing.


Discipline and Decedents

I noticed that on page 13 of the February News, you reported that Sabrina Spradley was disbarred on December 2 for failing to notify clients of her suspension. Then on page 25, you noted that she died in 2019. Did anyone stop to consider whether that was why she failed to notify her clients? More to the point, doesn’t the court have better things to do with their time?

Ft. Lauderdale

Back to Court, Now

We love our esteemed judiciary in Florida, but we love real justice more and, therefore, must offer observations which may be hard for some to hear.

The Honorable Chief Justice Canady astutely observed at his annual state of the judiciary that a strong and independent judicial system is necessary to preserve our great nation. His Honor continued that the judiciary has served this function well through the era of COVID-19.

This advocate could not disagree more, but perhaps more important than an advocate’s opinion, is the opinion of the very people the system exists to serve. It has been long said that justice delayed is justice denied. As the chief justice acknowledged, “many cases will not be resolved until there is the imminent prospect of a trial.”

Our state is open for business. We can walk into a grocery store, a hardware store, a restaurant, or a theme park, but we cannot walk into a courthouse to conduct a hearing or try a case. The citizens of our state have real hurts, real harms, and real needs that can be resolved only by the courts, and they must be resolved now. These very citizens are railing against and have lost faith in their judiciary. Legal professionals all around this country are, in droves, counseling their clients to move away from the courts and toward arbitration because real justice is time sensitive.

The courts do not need resources from the Legislature to tackle the mounting backlog; they need to re-open the doors of justice now.


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