"None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election,
the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we
can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours.
The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbours together is still smaller."
by:
Thomas Babington Macaulay
(1800-1859) [Lord Macaulay] 1st Baron Macaulay, British historian
Source:
"Southey's Colloquies on Society" par. SC.62
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Magistrates are arbiters of justice...not guru's or wizards. Everything they do is questionable.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Some magistrates are down right stupid.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    (-; I like it ;-) The magistrates I am personally acquainted with are pretty much mindless parrots that do the bidding of their supposed wiser masters (not We The People) and are ideologues of tyrannous dribble.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Adoph Hitler was fairly elected by a democracy the west demanded of Germany. Enough said.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
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    Another reason for trial by jury to judge both law and fact. This is why the government of America was supposed to be 'republican' in that each State was made up of county 'republics' and each county was made up of privately owned property managed by the owners themselves. The federal government was relegated to a small square of swamp land so that they could never assume power over the sovereign States. But give them the power to print money, and BOOM the whole world is beholden to them.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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