I have been EXTREMELY busy the past few weeks. I thought that after April my schedule would SLOW DOWN. However, its only sped up. So for those of you interested in what exactly has sped up so much that I haven't done a political post in................a REALLY long time it is because of the following events that just happened since the beggining of May.
1. Finals-which are OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. Operation Completion
3. 3 Hypothetical Campaigns
4. Named ******* County Volunteer Coordinator (2nd in command) for the Reed Campaign.
5. Confirmed ******* County TARS Communications Director
6. Elected Secretary of my GenJ club
I will be absent for 2 consectuive weeks from the 27th of May to the 7th of June doing political things and I probably WON'T have internet access.
So now that you know what I'm upto, I can post something interesting.
This is an essay I wrote back in October, with the recent judicial activism displayed in GA andother places Nation-Wide, and also right after reading Mark Levin's "Men In Black" we seriously need to think about our courts.
Supreme Court V. America's Tide
There is an exciting time in our nation when the President gets to nominate justices to the Supreme Court. That nominee will be in office for decades, and has the potential to influence our nation dramatically. Because justices have so much influence on our nation’s course of domestic action, a lot of time, thought and prayer must go in to choosing a Supreme Court nominee. It is vital for Americans to understand why so much thought and preparation goes into this process. 2To fully understand the process we must first look at the judicial branch and how it affects our domestic society. Secondly we must look at some of the justices, how they are nominated and why it is important to nominate good ones. Finally we must look into the future and use history to reveal what type of justice should be nominated in the future and why it is important that type is nominated.
The Judicial branch was designed to uphold the Constitution, determine if laws were Constitutional, and resolve some conflicts between the states that involve the Federal Government (like laws, trade and commerce, etc...). The influential impact of the Supreme Court can be seen throughout History. The Court’s powers include moral Issues as well as law Issues. As seen in the moral issue of abortion in the Roe V. Wade unprecedented decision, The Court declared abortion Constitutional. With that ruling came a turning point in our nation, when before abortions were illegal and looked down upon, now our younger society sees them as good alternatives for themselves if they don’t want the child.
Now that we have seen a minute fraction of the influence of the judicial branch, we can look at the process of becoming a justice more in-depth. Once the President appoints his nominee to be a justice, he or she must go something called the “confirmation hearings” which is when the nominee is asked an extensive amount of questions and say things about him or her for the rest of the committee members to consider. After that the committee votes on it, if the nominee passes, he goes to the full senate for another vote. If the Senate passes he or she becomes a Justice. While it is important to pass through the voting process as quickly as you can if a justice like Rehnquist died or another Justice like Sandra Day O’Conner retired; it is vital that the President take time in considering who to nominate. One of the unique things about being Justices is that they have Life terms. So when a President nominates someone it is for his or her life, so he must be very careful who he chooses because those justices will be there for decades. As such they will have the “power” to turn the tide of our country for better, or for worse.
In the Oath of office the Justice takes he swears to uphold and protect the Untied States Constitution. There has been a turn in the tide of America and we have heard of “legislating from the bench” that is when a justice defies the oath that they have taken and has pushed his or her personal agenda over that of the United States Constitution. In the instance of Roe V. Wade, it was an unprecedented decision; which means the Courts did not sight a constitutional “right” that was actually in the constitution. More or Less they based their decision on the “It’s my body” and the “Health of the mother” talking points. Lately, phrases have been the reason for court decisions and the Constitution, which they have sworn to uphold, has not.
As we have seen throughout history, the Supreme Court has much influence in our domestic society. We have also seen how when we appoint justices they can change the tide for better or for worse. In the Instance of Roe V. wade, the tide changed for worse. However, if we appoint Justices that have what we call a “Strict interpretation of the Constitution” we can turn the tide for the better. It is vitally important to nominate this type of justice because The Constitution is one of the most important documents in American history, and more importantly, some of the standards set come from God’s Word.
The Courts are playing a very important role in our country, and they will continue to do so. Not only do they have the longest term in “office” but they have the power to turn this Country around. If we as Americans want to change for the better, wouldn’t it make more sense to elect those who will nominate people with a strict interpretation of the Constitution and who will their job and not legislate from the bench? It is for these reasons that we as Americans must think about who we are electing into office carefully; our decisions today will affect us for generations to come.------------------------------------------
Here is an excerpt of a book report I wrote on the 16th of May. (it's on Men In Black)
After reading the biographies of some of the judges my first thought was and still is "why were they in there?” After I continued reading, it became clear "because the legislators and people didn't act". I was appalled at how the judges treated certain cases, and how they twisted the constitution to fit their activist agenda. The more I think about it, the more I realize that while we may be winning the war to preserve America on the foreign front, we are losing it our freedoms on the domestic front through Supreme Court decisions.
For instance, with eminent domain, you are losing your fourth amendment right to own property and keep it.
In Roe V. Wade, the unborn have lost the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just because of ONE court decision.
In Feingold, your freedom of speech is regulated during elections.
The list goes on and on and on about Supreme Court decisions that directly usurp the founder's intent.
Over and over and over again in the past and recent history our U.S. Supreme Court has violated the constitution and given itself authority that it did not possess.
The sad thing is this will keep happening unless we and our legislators decide to take a stand and take back the power that we originally had. The Supreme Court has gone against the will of America and the founder's, it has instead decided to legislate from the bench and further the liberal agenda by calling the constitution a "living breathing document that changes with us". Last time I checked my constitution, which was about five minutes ago, it was the same as it was last year, and the same as it has always been. The Articles have not changed since the founding, no matter what the Men in Black think.
If there was ever a need to understand the Supreme Court and the decisions it is now; we cannot change the future unless we first understand the past. Patrick Henry once said, "The only way to judge the future is by the past", that is definitely true today. We need change in our court system, but until we know and learn what has gone on before and what we can do, our efforts will be fruitless.
The question is: what can we do about it?
The answer is debatable. Some propose term limits, some propose litmus tests, some propose re-doing the entire system completely, and others propose the “Constitutional Option”. While term limits and litmus tests may be good, the Constitutional Option is the best way to go.
What makes the Constitutional Option better? Impeachment serves as an effective deterrent and punishment for those justices who do not follow the law; the “threat” of losing one's job will usually cause one to realize that they need to get back in line and do the job they swore they would do.
Some things to chew on.