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The Senator Has a Problem with Democracy

Dear Source:
Your Excellency, it is indeed a pleasure that you’ve decided to practice politics instead of law. The heroic effort to demolish our justice system and abolish the 4th Amendment is futile. Democracy prevails in the USVI.
Making inflammatory statements on the Senate floor, masquerading an early campaign speech as a crime fighting proposal, exploiting the fears of citizens to gain political support; maligning your critics, blocking the repeal of Act 6905, proposing that Licensing & Consumer regulate freedom of speech; desperately trying to eliminate Free Speech and causing the owners of the radio station and the talk show’s host monetary damages; vigorously fighting to get the V.I. Supreme Court built in a location contrary to the Revised Organic Act and violating the former governor’s civil rights in the matter; acting callously in regard to the nomination, confirmation and investiture process of three judges for the V.I. Supreme Court ; and most recently, voraciously challenging Judge Kendall are all indications that you have a problem with justice and democracy.
Your Honor, you may fool some with your rhetoric and propaganda, but there are many civic-minded citizens capable of discerning the truths from mere assertions. We are not all politically astute like you are, but some of us are capable of recognizing idiosyncrasies, grandstands, and plain stupidities.
Honorable Senator, you never cease to amaze us. A letter entitled “Thin line between Clever & Stupidity”, which appears in the archives of the St. Thomas Source, states: “In an astonishing use of Life imitating art, the Julio Brady confirmation hearing held by Rules Committee Chairman…proved this true.” Many of us remain astonished by your brilliant performance as a legislator.
The crime fighting proposal offered to the public has been reviewed. The verdict is not a surprise. In an informal poll conducted by the Silent Majority, 83% of those polled have concluded your idea to suspend the 4th Amendment is asinine. Your most recent legal defeat speaks volumes. Why is your silence on this last battle so deafening?
Fortunately, we hear your plea for help. Many have suggested that a course in anger management and civic lessons are in order. The paranoiacs like yourself think it is rather harsh for the KKK to call you monkey, liar, and thief and other horrible names (I pray for the FBI to remove the KKK from the territory). The protesters of Act 6905, though, are angry that you have called them terrorists. Personally, my message is we should all try to live in harmony in paradise. In order to form a more perfect paradise, let’s establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for equality and promote respect, love and civil liberties for all.
Verdel L. Petersen
Kingshill, St. Croix

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