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March 7, 2005

Supremes undermine own authority by undermining Constitution

Excellent essay by George Neumayr, executive editor of The American Spectator, on the dangerous game the U.S. Supreme Court is playing with its "living Constitution". Here's how it starts:
The Supreme Court's judicial activists are cutting off the branch on which they sit. By rejecting the law and putting their personal opinions in its place, the justices invite the people to imitate them and disregard their decrees with the same willfulness they disregard the Constitution. If Anthony Kennedy isn't bound by the framers' words, why are the people bound by his?

The authority of Supreme Court justices derives from the authority of the Constitution: once they deny its authority, they deny their own.
Good point! Read the whole thing.

3 comments:

Karl Maher said...

And after you read the whole thing, go to Vote for Judges and do something about it!

Tim said...

Thanks. You've been promoted, and you've also been added to C-Pol's Readworthy Blogs list.

Brian Bonner said...

In 1789 Thomas Jefferson warned that the judiciary if given too much power might ruin our republic, and destroy our rights.

"The new constitution has secured these [individual rights] in the executive and legislative departments:but not in the judiciary."

..."the federal judiciary; an irresposible body(for impeachment is scarcely a scare crow), working like gravity by night and by day and a little tomarrow, and advancing its noisless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, untill all shall be usurped from the states, and the government of all shal be consolodated into one."