"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Supreme Court works just as our Federalist Founders planned

The Supreme Court
  • Our Federalist Founders would be proud.  The Supreme Court is the only part of the Federal government still operating the way they wrote the Constitution.
  • With lifetime appointments nine Americans have been removed from everyday politics as far as humanly possible.  They are tasked with protecting the freedoms of the people against a government that is always looking to limit those freedoms. 

No human institution is perfect, but our Federalist Founders struck gold when they designed our court system of lifetime appointed judges.

Alternately you hear screams of anger directed at the Court from both the Left and the Right depending on the issue of the moment.  But someone has to wade through thousand pages Congressional bills filled with legalistic BS and decipher its meaning and Constitutionality.

Protecting Our Freedom

Depending on the issue involved both the Democrats and the Republican are eager to limit the Constitutional freedoms of the American people. 

4th Amendment 
Police State Democrats and Republicans around the country want to get into your cell phone and download your data without a search warrant from a judge.  But our lifetime appointed judges from both parties unanimously ruled that a search warrant is needed.  (Politico)

1st Amendment 
In a unanimous decision the Court concluded that a 35-foot zone around clinics that provide abortion services prevent protesters from any free speech rights.  "The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Limiting the President's Power
The Supreme Court delivered a blow Thursday to President Obama, ruling that he went too far in making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.  In a unanimous decision, the high court sided with Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments. It was the first-ever Supreme Court test involving the long-standing practice of presidents naming appointees when the Senate is on break.  (Fox News)

Property Rights  
The Supreme Court protected property rights when it ruled that the Internet streaming service Aereo acted illegally.  The Court handed traditional broadcasters a resounding victory against an upstart that threatened to upend their business model.  In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled that Aereo is infringing broadcasters’ copyright when it picks up over-the-air TV signals and streams them over the Internet to its subscribers.  (Politico)

A rousing thank you to our Founders for setting up our Federal Courts as a check against the endless attacks on our freedoms.

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is."
Chief Justice John Marshall
Federalist Party

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