Friday, April 22, 2005

What the Founding Fathers feared

I was thinking about why the liberals are so dead-set against confirming President Bush's judicial nominees. The answer is actually quite simple and obvious. There's no way liberals will be able to enact their agenda nationwide through the federal legislative branch. They can enact it on a smaller scale in a few cities or even a handful of states, but not throughout all 50 states at one time. Thus, they have turned to the judicial branch. All it takes is for one judge to "interpret" (read: make) law and it can easily affect the entire nation. From abortion to gay marriage to... who knows? Liberals have discovered and are well into the process of creating what the Founding Fathers and other influential early Americans (e.g. Thomas Jefferson) feared the most about our form of government: an oligarchy of nearly unstoppable judges calling all the shots.
"The a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please." --Thomas Jefferson

"To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy." – Thomas Jefferson (1820)

"[How] to check these unconstitutional invasions of... rights by the Federal judiciary? Not by impeachment in the first instance, but by a strong protestation of both houses of Congress that such and such doctrines advanced by the Supreme Court are contrary to the Constitution; and if afterwards they relapse into the same heresies, impeach and set the whole adrift." – Thomas Jefferson

Liberals are so strange and contradictory. On the one hand, they want to "count every vote" (even the illegal ones) and talk about "mandates" and "majorities." Yet when it comes to the law, that sort of thinking vanishes in a puff of hypocrisy. Suddenly the will of the people doesn't matter when it comes to things like abortion and gay marriage. The majority is portrayed as "mob rule" that must not only be ignored, but outright censored. And that's where the judges come in. What is not supported by the majority through their legislative representatives is enacted by a handful of activist judges.


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