The absolute, undeniable right thing
As the Left casts about for something – anything – to hammer Gov. Sean Parnell with as the election season gets under way, the state’s challenging the Minto Tribal Court’s jurisdiction in a parental rights case involving Edward Parks, convicted in the brutal beating of his girlfriend and mother of his children, must seem a tempting target.
Parks, by the recent record, anyway, is not a nice guy and certainly is not a poster boy for state intervention in his case. But the issues involved have little to nothing to do with him as a person.
The question being taken before the Alaska Supreme Court is whether a tribal court has jurisdiction over him and whether he was denied his civil rights when a tribal court he had nothing to do with denied his attorney the chance to speak in his behalf in the parental rights case. The court’s ruling placed his daughter in the care of her mother’s relatives.
The Left argues the court was right because Parks is not a nice man; that he had a history of beating and injuring his wife; that he should not even have been a parent. We wonder if that reasoning – that jurisdictional overreach and denial of civil rights based on lousy personal attributes – would be hailed if it were applied in a state or federal court simply because the defendant was not somebody you would take home to meet your family. The American Civil Liberties Union, en masse, would have a stroke.
As the Left whines and drags its hair shirt out of the closet, let us keep in mind that the same evil state trying to determine whether an Alaska citizen’s rights were violated is the same evil state that hauled Parks into court in the first place.
Some, the Anchorage Daily News among them, argues that is all is very complicated; that the state simply is out to fight tribal authority; that justice was done and a child saved; that the state should “respect” the tribal court’s decision. Mind you, the questionable decision was reached, we are forced to note, in possible violation of the Constitution and the law, but they would overlook those facts. The ends, as always with the Left, justify the means.
We are left to wonder how the state’s detractors in this instance would feel if, in a case lodged against them, their constitutional rights were overlooked and the law ignored. Then, you would really hear whining.
Despite what you will hear to the contrary from the usual suspects, the state of Alaska did the right thing – perhaps even more so because it was so very unpalatable.