Everybody and I mean everybody has an opinion and everybody may be right to a degree. In my opinion one of, if not the most critical thing a sitting President can do is his appointments to the judiciary. Before, you dismiss that allow me to lay the foundation for my assertion in an article or two. If at the end of my argument you still disagree that is perfectly fine and I encourage you to be active in the advancement of that which you deem most important or critical.
I believe that the Bible is quite revealing regarding the importance of “good, honest, and righteous judges” who serve the nation. In 2 Chronicles 19:6-7 – “He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD who is with you when you render judgment. 7 “Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.” In fact, the Book of Isaiah expounds on a major remedy required for the restoration of a nation lies in the Judges. The Bible, I believe makes a clear connection between the righteousness of the nation and the actions of those sitting on the judicial bench. If I am right, that would make the appointment of federal judges one of the most imposing and necessary duties of the President. Who the president chooses has the power to shape the nation for good or bad and restore it to constitutionality or push it toward anarchy, despotism, and tyranny.
The Framers and our Founders recognized the incredible power of judges and the long-term consequences of bad judges and thereby placed numerous restraints on the judiciary. Restraints that have long been forgotten and usurped by the judiciary and allowed by the Legislative and Executive Branches to our hurt as a nation. Our Founders argued that the greatest safeguard to Liberty was an INFORMED POPULACE and sadly, most citizens have no clue as to the importance or the power exercised by judges in today’s society and politics.
Judges over the past century have far exceeded their constitutional authority and Congress has largely accepted their renderings, without question. Many people believe that if the judiciary rules on a matter that is the final word and even when they legislate from the bench many believe that is within their scope of authority and power. IT IS NOT! It was not Congress but the Courts that decreed that “Abortion on Demand” was a national policy, not Congress. The Supreme Court had to strike down several constitutional “anti-abortion” laws in 46 States to make that ruling. Same-sex marriage was not a legislative act but a judicial ruling where the courts ordered States to set aside centuries of American laws which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The prohibition of prayer in schools and the removal of the Ten Commandments and many other religious expressions or items was not via the path of legislation but the ruling of the courts. Isaiah 1:26 comes to mind that the righteousness of a nation is directly connected to the decisions of its judges.
Thanks to many others who have labored in the study of this matter for decades including David Barton and Wall Builders I want to discuss Four (4) Constitutional Principles that every American and voter needs to be aware and contemplate. If we are going to see the Republic restored to its rightful Constitutional position and status we must become aware of the importance as well as the limitations of the judiciary and insist that our Representatives, Senators, and Presidents follow the Constitution and give us Judges who will explicitly follow the Constitution. We need to return to a true system of Checks and Balances in the Three Branches of Government.
Principle Number One – – The Three Branches of Government Are Not Co-Equal. The Federalist Papers were written to give clarity to the meaning and intent of the newly written Constitution. The desire was for every citizen to know and understand the meaning and intent of the clauses within that document and to explain the concepts upon which they were based. James Madison declared: “The FEDERALIST may fairly enough be regarded as the most authentic exposition of the heart of the federal Constitution as understood by the body which prepared and the authority which accepted it.” THAT IS CRITICAL but LOST in today’s world.
According to the FEDERALIST PAPERS, the weight they gave to the various branches was that the Legislative Branch’s authority necessarily predominates the others. They deemed the Judiciary the weakest of the three branches and sought to keep it so. Today, the Judiciary may be the most powerful via the erosion of the Constitutional checks placed upon them and their infringement upon the Legislative and Executive Branches powers and authority. The Framers wrote a Constitution that made the Judiciary so weak that the general liberty of the people could never be endangered from that quarter. That was their intent but that is a far cry from the reality of today. THAT MUST CHANGE and can only change as WE THE PEOPLE become informed and the President appoints Constitutional Judges who will refrain from usurping the authority of the other branches. Will that happen? You tell me.
The Founding Fathers and the Framers never intended the Three Branches of Government to be “co-equal” because they foresaw the potential problems within each branch and sought to make the Legislative Branch the most powerful because it was the most directly connected to the people. There is much more I want to address and will do a follow-up article and hope to address several other Constitutional Principles we need to become aware of and insist that our elected officials abide by.
God, bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!