Boo frickin’ hoo.
Also, lifetime appointments for federal judges was a mistake. Where is the accountability?
there is none on the federal level.
On the state front, the judges who were booted for their homosexual based marriage edict are going around the country pissing and moaning in favor of merit retention in an effort to push “judicial independence”. All they have done is remind everyone why they were booted.
“Where is the accountability?”
It’s NOT by way of electing them.
Judges who run for election normally run unopposed. No one who reads a voter’s guide can determine where the judge is coming from, what views they have, whether they are conservative or liberal.
And a judge that runs unopposed can get elected by a handful of staff and friends.
You can’t vote against someone that runs unopposed.
What is needed is to elect a panel of judicial reviewers. Elect people who identify their party, who make their views known and who know the law some. Then task those people with reviewing judges for how well they follow the law, how fair they are, whether or not they appear to have even read the case material before them, etc.