Skip to comments.America's Future Depends on Supreme Court Nominee(s)- (Pres can shape Court for decades to come!)
Posted on 07/05/2005 6:34:56 PM PDT by CHARLITE
The Supreme Court decision in the Kelo v. City of New London case and the retirement of Justice Sandra Day OConnor provide both the reason and opportunity for the president to nominate and Senate Republicans (and fair-minded Democrats, if there are any of them anymore) to confirm a true constitutional constructionist to the Supreme Court.
The Kelo case, which has been the subject of numerous editorials in the past week, is possibly one of the most egregious rulings to be handed down by the Supreme Court since the 1857 Dred Scott decision.
The courts decision in that case excised a major portion of the Fifth Amendment just as the decision affirming the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold restrictions on campaign speech was a body blow to the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.
nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
One doesnt need a black robe to understand the literal meanings and a cursory knowledge of early American history provides enough insight into the framers intent that the First and Fifth Amendments should rarely, if ever, become the subject of a case before the Supreme Court. Yet this court effectively amended the Constitution from the bench in a manner that would leave the framers rolling in their graves by finding a way to extract an otherwise hidden meaning in both cases.
The pronouncements of the Supreme Court, no matter how outrageous or contrary to the written word of the Constitution, can and do shape the nation for generations; witness the decision in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case that upheld the doctrine of separate but equal. Plessy remained the law of the land until reversed in 1954 by the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Fifty-eight years of legalized segregation.
Possibly the most contentious decision ever handed down was in the case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions. Roe remains the law of the land. Millions of lives have been changed forever and millions more lost before their first breath as a result. Thirty-two years, and counting, of misery and death.
Make no mistake; the nine Supreme Court justices are the most powerful people in the country. Individual justices routinely serve anywhere from 15 to 30 or more years, are not accountable to the voters, and their decisions may endure for decades.
As a nation that respects and upholds the rule of law, that law must be absolute and predictable to be effective. Rulings that consider evolving standards and international opinion undermine the rule of law. The rule of law ultimately emanates from the Constitution and that must be the written word of the Constitution, not the whims of just five unaccountable justices twisting the meaning of the written word to fit their political or social ideology.
Ideally Supreme Court rulings would be unworthy of headlines, buried in the public announcement section of your local newspaper. Except in the most contentious of cases, the well-informed citizen should be able accurately to predict how the court will rule on a particular case.
This ideal can be achieved if those who sit on the Supreme Court apply the Constitution as written, with absolute standards, which are as applicable today as when they were originally written, evolving standards notwithstanding.
Given the current nature of partisan politics in Washington, the currently makeup of the Senate, and the stakes of a Supreme Court appointment, one can only assume that the fight over the next nominee, whoever it may be, will be contentious.
Ted Kennedy suggested that the president get his nominee pre-approved by Senate Democrats. Democrats also reserved the right, under the agreement by the Senate gang of fourteen, to filibuster any judicial nominee that they consider extreme. Anyone want to wager that the presidents nominee to fill Justice OConnors seat will be considered extreme by Kennedy and Harry Reid?
Republicans hold control of the presidency, the House, Senate, and a majority of state governorships. Conservatives have spoken in the past three national elections. The left is unable to advance its agenda via the election process, leaving its only option in the courts. Now is the time to put a halt to the relentless advances of the progressive agenda in the judiciary.
With the resignation of Justice OConnor and uncertain futures for Chief Justice William Renquist (health issues) and Justice John Paul Stevens (85 years of age), President Bush may ultimately make more than one appointment to the Supreme Court. Nothing will shape the domestic side of his presidential legacy more than the individual(s) that he appoints to wear the black robes.
If it takes the nuclear option in the Senate to win confirmation of a constitutional constructionist to the Supreme Court, then nuclear it must be. The future of America depends upon it.
About the Writer: Jan A. Larson is currently employed in private industry in Texas. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska, a master of science degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Colorado State University.
"We are supposed to be a nation of laws, not men, and the fixation on individuals as saviors of our freedoms is misplaced. America will regain lost freedoms only when her citizens wake up and reclaim a national sense of self-reliance, individualism, and limited government."
(Congressman Ron Paul)
2 fine posts from Chronwatch, Charlite. I had only passingly heard of them, but they reek of common sense. Thanks.
The court should be fought head on in the second American Revoltion, hopefully without much blood spilled.
If the Bozo's in Congress do the job it will be amazing. I fear we will get more of the same--concessions!
No difference in party platforms left--both the same--self serving hogs living the good life off the taxpayers. The direction we have almost gone in makes me sick to my stomach. I don't believe there is any way to turn back.
Thanks, chiller. Chronwatch really is an elegant web journal! Glad you approve of my selections!
Thanks, nothingnew........she's especially "ugly" in the legalistic domain, IMO.
How are you, these days?.......and the Lady Mary?
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