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REJECTING NIGRO: It is a revolution

| Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005

Once offered Voltaire, the French writer and historian: "The public is a ferocious beast -- one must either chain it up or flee from it."

Unable to forge a chain with links strong enough to restrain a pay-jacking-angered public whose most immediate electoral outlet was two Pennsylvania Supreme Court retention races, Justice Russell Nigro was ordered to flee in Tuesday's election. Justice Sandra Schultz Newman was spared. Barely.

And if the leaders of this commonwealth previously had any doubts that "The Revolution" they inspired was all talk radio, editorial page malarkey and no action, well, rest assured they're now desperately looking for ways to reinforce the walls of Fort Susquehanna.

But once a revolution begins, there is no stopping it until the heads are on pikes, metaphorically speaking, of course. Not even an outright repeal of the pay raise can stop this revolution.

Mr. Justice Nigro's rejection should be considered the first battle victory in a yearlong war to rid Pennsylvania government of its highwaymen, Democrat and Republican.

That goes for Gov. Ed Rendell; it goes for every member of the state Legislature who initially voted for the unconstitutional pay raise, those who unconstitutionally accepted the raises early in "unvouchered expenses" and those who voted against the pay raise but took it anyway.

Let the revolution proceed.

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