THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY: GUARDIANS OF THE CONTRACT
By Christopher G. Adamo
Much controversy has erupted over the rampant judicial activism recently occurring in America’s federal courts. And people are right to be concerned. The constitutionally mandated role of federal judges -- particularly justices of the U.S. Supreme Court -- is simply to interpret and apply existing U.S. law, including, most importantly, the fundamental and supreme law of the land in the U.S.A., namely the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. An important and essential function of Supreme Court justices is to interpret (decide, or rule, on the meaning of) the tenets of the U.S. Constitution, and to decide whether or not a particular case being tried involves a violation of those tenets. It is no less than the sworn oath of each member of the Supreme Court to abide by the Constitution as the ultimate guide in such decision-making.
Disdaining any restriction on their ability to issue edicts from the bench, judicial activists, instead, invoke a multitude of techniques in order to sidestep genuine constitutional law. Some manufacture “emanations” and “umbras” of the document’s original intent, whereby they might stretch and contort it to buttress their political and social agenda, usurping the legislative power and adopting public policies designed to advance their political and social agenda.
Certain justices on the nation’s high court, such as Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Ginsberg, have deferred to “judicial precedent” or even the laws of other nations as a basis on which to form their opinions. And from these, immutable and binding “constitutional principle” is ostensibly ordained.
Judicial precedents are, at best, clarifying interpretations of established law. At worst, they can be the means by which formerly bad judicial decisions ensure that continually worse decisions ensue. Clearly the Framers and Ratifiers of the U.S. Constitution aspired to something far more noble, coherent, and concrete as the source of true justice and law in the U.S.A.. And that was what they intended to codify in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Moreover, they clearly recognized the hideously flawed nature of the laws and social fabric of other nation-states. Having risen beyond the tragedy and oppression generated within those societies, why should Americans now allow themselves to be dragged back down to them?
But, if adherence to the American Constitution has nonetheless become optional, then America, in effect, no longer has a Constitution. The document so thoughtfully crafted by the Founders and ratified by the American states is henceforth reduced to nothing more than a venerated piece of parchment, sitting in all of its irrelevant glory behind a protective piece of glass.
In truth, it is much more than that. It is the original and foundational “Contract with America.” The result of great deliberation and consideration in both its construction and ratification, it allowed the states to establish a federation -- a federal union, or federated central government -- to arbitrate between or among the states and collectively represent them among foreign powers.
As such, the Constitution's premises must remain intact to whatever degree America, as we know it, is to be preserved. This, above any other consideration, is the utmost responsibility of justices on the nation’s highest court.
Therefore, achieving “balance” between those who would properly uphold it and those who would desecrate it in service to their policy preferences and their political and social agenda is in no way a worthwhile goal. Whether religious and Conservative, or humanistic and Liberal, the only rightful purpose of members of the federal judiciary is to maintain the integrity of America's constitutional document as it was originally intended and written.
At issue is neither John Roberts’ party affiliation nor his Conservative political inclinations, but rather his honesty and principle when considering constitutional precepts, and his integrity to defend them as such. If Liberals want to make the case that these qualities are exclusive to Conservative nominees, perhaps it is time to concede their point.
Moreover, Liberals, historically, have had no inherent problem with judges who make law and public policy, just so long as they do so according to the perversities of Liberalism and “political correctness.”
Certain key U.S. Senate Democrats regularly display their abhorrence of the religious views of such individuals as Justice Antonin Scalia, and openly voice their intent to engage in “religious profiling” of all potential nominees. But the rulings of Scalia and other like-minded jurists reveal no cause for fear that their religious beliefs might somehow be translated into law.
It is not the specific tenets of their religion, but the fact that, by their spiritual condition, they are diligent to honorably uphold the precepts of the Constitution, which makes them a threat to the enormous power of an unbridled government to injuriously transform America.
Conversely, limitation of such power is crucial to preservation of the U.S. Constitution and America's constitutional democratic federal republic.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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