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“With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them — with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the ‘reasoned judgment’ of a bare majority of this Court — we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.” — Antonin Scalia
Rarely mincing words, Justice Scalia berated his colleagues regarding the Progressive and unconstitutional role they had taken regarding the role of the Supreme Court. Once a body intended to provide balance to the Executive and Legislative Branches, the Court has expanded its powers in ways that violate the rights of the people. Does anyone remember the original role of SCOTUS?
In part, the Constitution reads as follows:
The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish . . .
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.
In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.
In addition, according to the SCOTUS website:
The complex role of the Supreme Court in this system derives from its authority to invalidate legislation or executive actions which, in the Court’s considered judgment, conflict with the Constitution. This power of ‘judicial review’ has given the Court a crucial responsibility in assuring individual rights, as well as in maintaining a ‘living Constitution’ whose broad provisions are continually applied to complicated new situations. [ Italics are mine.]
As Justice Scalia candidly states, the Court, instead of following its mandate, has decided to create laws based on its determination of what the people want and need—instead of ruling on the constitutionality of laws. It assumes it knows what is best for citizens and the country, and has demonstrated that it has lost its way by writing its own legislation and ignoring or “interpreting” the Constitution.
It becomes clearer every day that SCOTUS has not only been unwilling to address the most significant Constitutional challenges of our time, but even more, it has lost its way.Published in