Judge Dee Benson, who served for nearly 30 years on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, died this morning after a heroic battle with cancer. I served as his law clerk during the year following my graduation from law school. He was far more than just my first real boss in my chosen profession; he was a teacher, mentor, role model, and friend—not just to me, but to all who knew him.
Considerate and without guile, he never vaunted his high position, intellect, or many talents. I never saw him speak disrespectfully to anyone in his courtroom. He was especially
considerate in his interaction with criminal defendants,. He believed that—regardless of what may have led to their appearance in his courtroom—they and their families were going through something really difficult, and always should be treated with dignity and respect.
I’m grateful to have known Judge Benson, and mourn his passing.
As a child, I asked him a million questions, many of which were completely unanswerable. I found it frustrating when, for example, he refused even to offer an educated guess as to how many marbles would fit in the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes I thought he was just being humble. Other times, I wondered whether he might be selfishly reserving his wisdom for his own use, as if it were a finite commodity. Eventually, I realized that he was just teaching me not to shy away from what he considered one of the most noble (but unappreciated) sentences in the English language: “I don’t know.” I’m grateful for that and every other lesson I learned from my dad.
Kneeling during our national anthem seems like even more of an affront when it happens overseas. Sure, athletes who do this have the right speak their minds, but it’s really offensive—especially when they’re on a team that, by its own title, purports to represent the United States.
Perhaps no one ever told them that neither Lincoln nor Washington can be blamed for colonialism.
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I’m grateful for those who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to make this a land of liberty.
I’m grateful to live in a country that, despite its problems, aspires to treat everyone fairly and equally under a just system of laws.
Do you remember when all Democrats universally condemned Hillary Clinton’s advice that Joe Biden should never, ever concede—even if it appeared Trump had won the election? Oh wait . . . such condemnation never materialized. So why is Trump universally condemned by all Democrats for exhausting all legal remedies following the same election? That doesn’t seem like a fair standard.