Trump and the Supreme Court — A Victory for Liberty
Our Founders and Constitution prescribed that the specific role of Supreme Court justices was, and remains, to uphold Rule of Law.
“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” —Thomas Jefferson (1804)
In 1992, when Bill Clinton was overwhelming George H.W. Bush’s campaign for re-election, his chief adviser, that Ragin’ Cajun James Carville, framed Clinton’s successful campaign around these words: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
In the most recent presidential election, Donald Trump’s advisers framed his campaign around that same theme, combined with one other: “It’s the Constitution, stupid.”
In fact, Trump’s victory was, in large measure, due to his commitment to nominate constitutional constructionists to the Supreme Court. As I noted repeatedly last fall, the presidential election was “much more than a quadrennial vote — it is a quarter-century vote for the composition of the Supreme Court.”
This week, conservatives across the nation are unified in declaring Mr. Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently serving on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, as his nominee to replace the SCOTUS seat vacated by the revered late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Notably, despite how the Democrats and their Leftmedia echo chambers want to frame this issue, it is NOT a “Republican versus Democrat” or “conservative versus liberal” debate. This is a Rule of Law versus a rule of men issue, the terminus of the latter irrevocably being tyranny.
Our Founders and Constitution prescribed that the specific role of Supreme Court justices was, and remains, to uphold Rule of Law in accordance with their oaths “to Support and Defend” our Constitution. Otherwise they would become, as Jefferson warned, a “despotic branch” whose jurists legislate by judicial diktat, as has been the case with statist Supreme Court jurists for the last 70 years.
Perhaps through the din of liberal rants, some of our young countrymen will gain some much-needed civic insights into Liberty and Rule of Law. And one of the most highly acclaimed tools for those insights is our pocket guide to Essential Liberty.
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