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Trump Announces Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

Last night, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump described Kavanaugh as a man who will interpret the Constitution, not create law. He described him as a man who will base his rulings on the Constitution “as written”.

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  1. “Trump described Kavanaugh as a man who will interpret the Constitution, not create law. ”

    I do not believe that President Trump is an idiot, so he must either ignorant or a domestic enemy. Judges do NOT interpret the US Constitution, they are BOUND BY IT. They are required to know what the meaning is just like the rest of us – by the writings of the time, writings of the framers, the debates, etc. It means the same now as it did then.

    James Madison: “But it is objected, that the judicial authority is to be regarded as the sole expositor of the Constitution in the last resort;”

    Thomas Jefferson: “…To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps… The Constitution has erected no such tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption of time and party, its members would become despots….”

    John Marshall: Opinion as Chief Justice in Marbury vs. Madison, 1802: “The particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void; AND THAT COURTS, as well as other departments, ARE BOUND BY THAT INSTRUMENT.”

    For your consideration:
    Thomas Jefferson: “A good government is one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread that it has earned.”

    Benjamin Franklin: “It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.”

    John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States: “No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.”

    Alexander Hamilton: “Every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.” (Forbidden = Federal Reserve, the people’s weapons – type, amount, how carried, etc, “owning /theft” of land NOT allowed for purposes also NOT allowed, etc, etc, etc.)

    James Madison, Federalist 57, wrote that Congress “can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”

    J. Reuben Clark: “God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run not to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens or denizens of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”.

    Thomas Jefferson: “If the federal government is allowed to hold a monopoly on determining the extent of its own powers, we have no right to be surprised when it keeps discovering new ones.”

    1. I agree that Trump is not an idiot but he’s not a legal beagle either. I think we should give him some license in the use of words. I believe he meant the use of the term interpret as in accurately, correctly apply the law.

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