Obama on appointing judges to our courts – a warning.
Obama said the following in a speech before Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007:
“I think the Constitution can be interpreted in so many ways. And one way is a cramped and narrow way in which the Constitution and the courts essentially become the rubber stamps of the powerful in society. And then there’s another vision of the court that says that the courts are the refuge of the powerless. Because often times they can lose in the democratic back and forth. They may be locked out and prevented from fully participating in the democratic process. ... And we need somebody who’s got the heart—the empathy—to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old—and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges” (speech before Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007). http://www.floridabaptistwitness.com/9415.article
The above statement clearly shows Obama’s contempt for or lack of understanding of our U.S. Constitution and system of due process and equal protection under our laws. Justice in our nation is supposed to be blind, not based on emotions or the leveling of economic well being. Our president Obama appears to want to rip the blindfold off the face of Lady Justice and replace our system of equal justice for all with the values and ideals he learned from the exposure he had with the Marxist professors and groups he hung out with in college. In his book, Dreams from My Father, he said: “[In college] I chose my friends carefully ... The Marxist professors and structural feminists.”
One of Obama’s potential candidates for the Supreme Court has even said that the courts should set public policy. This would lead to the very definition of tyranny, and would violate Article I, Section 1, of our Constitution – “All legislative powers herein granted are vested in a Congress...” – public policy is legislated by the people's elected officials, not set by unselected judges.
His major theme of Change during his campaign is more indicative of a move away from our founding values of limited federal government and the separation of powers that supports individual freedoms and encourages personal responsibility. Instead Obama is driving us towards the socialistic and Marxist values of redistribution of wealth – from each according to his ability to each according to his need – and the leveling of social and economic position regardless of one’s individual efforts.
What we need is reform back to our founding values, not the change away from them that has been forced through our courts and is now being accelerated through Congress under the cover of a government created financial crisis.
We are NOT a democracy which is majority rule, we are a Constitutional Republic which is a government based upon laws. In our case these laws are intended to equally protect the rights of all, especially the God given rights and freedoms of minorities from the unbridled tyranny of the majority as in a democracy. Our founders called democracies mobocracies.
Empathy and feelings have NOTHING to do with interpreting our most foundational and organic law. It is our Constitutional law that authorizes and limits all of our other laws at the federal level of government. It is our Constitution that defines the structure of our federal government and separates and describes the limited powers of each of the three branches of government, and provides for checks and balances of these powers, in order to prevent the corruption that always flows from governments that gain too much power over its citizens.
We must remember that “We the People” created the federal government through the people’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The people then authorized this new Constitutional Republic through the state constitutional conventions that were convened, again by representatives elected by the people for this very purpose. Our Constitution must be interpreted with the same understandings that were clearly revealed by the citizens at their respective conventions and forwarded back to each state legislature. The only way to legally change these original understandings is through the amendment process that brings these changes back to the states and to the people for OUR approval.
When the courts, congress, or the executive branch change the original intent of the people through reinterpreting or operating outside the bounds of their Constitutional authority, they violate their oaths to protect and abide by our most precious, unique, and foundational legal document. When the courts or the executive branch violates their Constitutional authority, the remedy should be impeachment and removal from office. When Senators or Representatives are in violation, they should be replaced at their next election.
Without these Constitutional protections against those who would usurp unconstitutional power, our system of federal government breaks down, and our liberties and freedoms are in peril.
The definition of “federal” in place at the time of our founding is:
“Consisting in a compact between parties, particularly and chiefly between states or nations; founded on alliance by contract or mutual agreement; as a federal government, such as that of the United States.” http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/search/word,federal
Our contract between the people, states, and the federal government is our Constitution.
It is our Constitution through which the principles revealed in our Declaration of Independence are applied. Principles like: “All men are created equal,” that “...we are endowed with certain unalienable rights” that include “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” that these rights come from our “Creator” and not from man, that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed,” and that when the government becomes destructive to the above rights that “it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish” such a government.
Thomas Jefferson said:
“It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression...that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; ...working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”
James Madison said:
“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”
Madison also said:
“I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution...”
A letter to Henry Lee on June 25, 1824
“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
Thomas Jefferson also said:
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
This is especially true of our Constitution and other founding and historical documents.
To learn more about our founding documents and values please go to the links in the blue field at: http://pocusa.info/links.htm