The Final Verdict on Activist Judges


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Results of the recent elections showed that growing numbers of Americans are fed up with “public servants” who act as if they are public masters. This went beyond the usual objections to particular policies. It was the fact that policies were crammed down our throats, whether we liked them or not. In fact, laws were passed so fast that nobody had time to read them.

Whether these policies were good, bad or indifferent, the way they were imposed represented a more fundamental threat to the very principles of a self-governing people established by the Constitution of the United States.

Arrogant politicians who do this are dismantling the Constitution piecemeal— which is to say, they are dismantling America.

The voters struck back, as they had to, if we are to keep the freedoms that define this country. The Constitution cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution, by getting rid of those who circumvent it or disregard it.

The same thing applies to judges. The runaway arrogance that politicians get when they have huge majorities in Congress is a more or less common arrogance among federal judges with lifetime tenure or state judges who are seldom defeated in elections to confirm their appointments to the bench.

It was a surprise to many— and a shock to media liberals— when three judges on Iowa’s Supreme Court were voted off that court in the same recent elections in which a lot of politicians were also sent packing.

These judges had taken it upon themselves to rule that the voters of Iowa did not have the right to block attempts to change the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. Here again, the particular issue— so-called “gay marriage”— was not as fundamental as the question of depriving the voting public of their right to decide what kinds of laws they want to live under.

That is ultimately a question of deciding what kind of country this is to be— one ruled by “we the people” or one where the notions of an arrogant elite are to be imposed, whether the people agree or not.

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  • davarino

    Thank God for what happened Nov 2. Hopefully the tide will keep rolling and the constitution will be upheld once again.

    Thanks Thomas

  • Renee Rogers-Perry

    When I voted for the Judges in this election, I reviewed each one which I am afraid most people do not do. In my estimation, this was one of the most important votes I made because of the increasingly important situation of activist Judges who have turned the will of the people on it's ear. Just consider recently the Judges overturning the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" law or the Judge's who overturned the will of the people in California who voted against Gay marriage. You could site numerous cases where Judges have taken upon themselves to set an agenda against the will of the people.I hope the public realizes that when they vote for the Presidency in the up-coming 2012 elections, that the important shift of the Supreme court will be at stake and will change America for generations to come!

  • Robert C.

    I was really impressed that the people of Iowa voted as they did! We need to do this in every state and show that the govt is WE THE PEOPLE! I hope that in the next election we continue showing them that WE run the county. Remember your vote does count!

  • waterwillows

    One would think that the Judges who sit in order to judge, would be have the ability to judge that they do not preside over a kingdom, as in being a lord.
    It seems to me that without this crucial discernment, they were unfit for the position. I don't doubt there are other misfits as well.

  • http://quark1912.wordpress.com/ quark1912

    "Go West, young man, and grow up wit the the country." Horace Greeley made this famous remark to Josiah Grinell (December 22, 1821 – March 31, 1891), Rock Island Line railway builder as well as a conductor on the "underground railroad," He also founded Grinell College, the first educational institution where students could take courses on semi-conductors as early as 1947, is considered Ground Zero of the information technology revoultion. A 1949 graduate named Robert Noyce, (December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990) co-invented the intergrated circut and founded Intel. Perhaps the people of Iowa may lead another revolution embracing the concept of democratic accountability,

  • slipperylips

    I disagree with you ajnn.

    I think that corruption is full blown and there are quite a few activist judges. What is even worse is that cases are being decided not based on the constitution but on president. So even if only a minority, say 1/5, (total fictional number by the way) of the judges are activists, they can reek a lot of havoc.

    A great book to read is "Men in Black" by Mark Levin.

    Now that "we the people" are awake we should realize that this election was just the beginning. The easiest thing to do is pick your pet peeve and start getting active. Turn off the TV and get off the couch. Go out and join a club, tea party, start a website on the backgrounds of Justices, post their decisions, what ever your concerned about and start talking to people. Influence people with your insight on the matter. Ground up. Where we are today didn't happen over night, nor can we change it so easily. The hardest thing is changing our habits.