There are many advocacy groups and organizations forming and many have been around for quite some time. Two groups, The American Civil Liberties Union, and Mr. Ralph Nader's Consumer Protection Group are two of the more successful examples of what is truly needed for court and legal reform.
Far too many citizen's are content with the status quo until they personally get involved with lawyers and courts and see what is happening. It is unfortunate that these people will not be bothered when it is happening to their neighbors and fellow citizen's.
Many of the Court Reform groups related to family court, parents, mothers, fathers and children's rights advocacy consist mainly of being information brokers and referral sources only and have little intent to actually actively participate in bringing about these changes.
These groups have large staffs, huge financial resources and promote the ideas and concepts of reform. However it should be stated very clearly that should these reforms actually come about these groups will no longer have a livelihood.
It is said that there are three ways to change the law:
1) Through legislation
2) Through precedent setting court decisions
3) By force and rebellion
There is at any given time an abundance of cases available where any one case could be chosen by any of these groups to take the issues to the courts and bring about change. There are enough resources, an abundance of legal, financial, and support resources that these changes could have been made already.
These groups are not interested in successfully bringing about these changes for these changes would mean the loss of many jobs and careers.
Many organizations who promote change limit their participation to "passing along information," making referrals, organizing and basically making a very stable living off of the situation as it is and truly have no desire to see the changes needed being made.
As long as there is confusion, discontent and suffering these advocates will make a substantial living and exist on the status quo.
What is really needed is a group to form that will use the financial resources to take some of these cases to court and get these cases into the higher courts and make these changes that the lower courts will have to abide by if the legislators can't seem to get the message. Many of these groups will never do anything more than promote change, pass out fliers, pamphlets, and make referrals. Change can come about, look at what Ralph Nader has done for the consumer; look at what the American Civil Liberties Union has done for the rights of some individuals and many organizations. It should be said that the rights of children are not a priority of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Change is not likely to come about until it is needed by the many instead of the few, that is the way the system works in this democracy. If corruption was confronted and dealt with because it is the right thing to do, there would not be much corruption.
A FEW QUOTES OF VERNON HOWARD
"If shocked or hurt by bad human behavior; they are then being gullible, preferring fantasies about human nature over facts."
"Human stupidity is only dangerous to stupid humans."
"Be grateful, not resistant, to anything that makes you aware that you were unaware."
"No one is betrayed by other people without first betraying themselves."
"When wanting something from the sheep, the wolf always insists he only wants to give something to the sheep."
"Unconscious participation in social illness is what perpetuates it."
"What is right for you cannot be wrong for anyone else."
"You can tell when someone begins to understand human nature because human nature no longer confuses, or surprises them."
"Seek truth, not happiness, and then see how your ideas about happiness change."
..."If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -- Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II
"The most odious of all oppressions are those which mask as justice." --U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Krulewitch v United States.
"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error." U.S. Supreme Court in American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 442
Find out just what people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. .........................Frederick Douglass.
"The two pillars of political correctness are willful ignorance and a steadfast refusal to face the truth". -- George MacDonald Fraser
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead