Tuesday, January 9, 2024

#9 / What Might Be Permanent?

Pictured is Sheena Bellows, Maine's Secretary of State. Bellows took action to bar Donald J. Trump from the ballot in Maine's upcoming presidential primary election. Bellows said she was compelled to take that action by provisions in the Fourteenth Amendment, and by Maine's state law. The Colorado Supreme Court has previously taken the same action, on behalf of that state. The United States Supreme Court is going to decide. 

If you'd like to read about Bellows' action, you can click this link. That will take you to a New York Times' article that outlines the issues. I must warn you, however, that the Times' paywall may frustrate such an attempt, for any who are non-subscribers. 

I reference the article not for its news value (I presume that those reading this blog posting will already have heard about Bellows' action in some other way). I reference the article to reprint the response that Bellows provided when she was challenged as having demonstrated her personal and partisan priorities in taking the action she did. Bellows was previously a State Senator, and had a reputation of working across party lines, and she denied her recent action was inspired by partisanship. Not at all, said Bellows: 

There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent principles. That is a philosophy that I try to live my life by.

Not a bad philosophy, it seems to me!

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