Circumstances have required me to stay close to home for the past couple of weeks, which has resulted in more time at the computer than normal--or healthy, I think.
This in turn has caused me to reflect--always dangerous.
I recently wrote a piece saying I thought Justice Brian Zahra was a good man-but criticized one of his campaign ads. I also wrote a piece on Richard Bernstein's run for the Supreme Court. In that post, I said I'd vote for him, and that I agreed with him. I also said I was not a fan of the "press release" practice of law he often employs.
I also wrote a piece criticizing a recent Court of Appeals decision on the "Open and Obvious" doctrine, wherein a close personal friend of mine was part of the majority.
I am fiscally conservative, pro-life and pro-family values. I voted Republican for decades. No more. My values haven't changed, but I find myself appalled at what comes out of the mouths of many Republican politicians, and I am afraid of where they want to take my state and country. (By the way, unlike many devotees, I have actually read books by Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter. I have even paid money to watch Rush Limbaugh perform on stage.)
Because I am pro-life and don't believe the government can solve every problem, I am not a card carrying Democrat either.
I am not trusted by some because I don't think Bush was worse than Hitler, and by others because I don't think the same of Obama.
Insurance companies aren't always wrong, but "Rule of Law" judges can and do legislate from the bench. I don't like billboard law firms, but I don't think insurance companies should treat their premium paying customers like the enemy.
Currently, most groups, and political parties seem to require unwavering adherence to a group orthodoxy, that often includes a lot of bad stuff. Point that out and you become the enemy.
So, bereft of a party I can call my own, I am forming my own. It will be called the Zecca Party, in honor of the early French film maker, Ferdinand Zecca. When I saw the picture shown above, I was hooked. It shows Mr. Zecca himself in his 1906 film "Conquering the Skies".
The picture shows my position in the political and legal world to a nicety: an old gasbag, on top of an old gas bag, pedaling alone against the prevailing winds.
I wonder if my Zecca Party affiliation is enough to get me on the non-partisan ballot for Michigan Supreme Court?