For a decade, a rumpled man, on the far side of middle age, ambled to work alone, continually on the precipice of personal bankruptcy, and advocating a policy no one else endorsed. In his younger years, during WWI, Winston Spencer Churchill, as First Lord of Admiralty advocated the Dardanelles Campaign which was a plan to send the British fleet though the straits of Dardanelles and bombard Constantinople bringing about the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The operation failed in a spectacular manner but Churchill doubled down, calling for a landing of allied troops on the Gallipoli peninsula. 132,000 British, Australian and New Zealand troops were injured killed before the operation ended in failure and retreat. The British people never let Churchill forget his failure in WWI. In the 1930s, as Germany rearmed, Churchill and mostly Churchill alone stood as a back bencher and warned England against the coming storm. He was ridiculed and dismissed. "Winston being Winston" was what the nicest of his critics would say. Recalling the Dardanelles campaign, no one thought Churchill could ever be trusted again to make decisions and lead England. All Churchill could achieve during those years in political wilderness was a small increase in the production of British fighter planes to protect England against an attack most were sure would never come. Those few dozen extra planes made all the difference in 1939 as England stood alone and a few hundred young English pilots held the line and beat off the Luftwaffe and saved Western Civilization.
There is a courage needed to stand alone when you know what is right despite everyone else saying you are wrong. We need this type of leadership now in our court system. Governor DeSantis may decide we cannot survive without the reopening of barbershops (Rumpole desperately needs a haircut), surf shops, and Bingo parlors. So be it. But we do not need to stream hundreds of people every day into a courthouse that will be the breeding ground for a second wave of Covid 19 that will devastate South Florida. We expect Broward to quickly capitulate and throw open the courthouse doors, science be damned. But we hope Miami's Judges have more foresight, intelligence and courage.
We need Courts and Judges, but until it is safe, we need the courthouses to remain mostly closed. We need Judges who will stand up to the Governor and not just call balls and strikes to earn conservative street cred so they can get to the 3rd DCA and beyond.
We need Judges who say "I read the NY Times and Washington Post. I read the articles written by non-political scientists and doctors who are warning about a second wave and I will not ignore science and endanger my fellow citizens."
Who amongst our judges will-like Churchill- stand alone and endure scorn and ridicule and do what is right?
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