Friday, December 16, 2011

Newt Gingrich - Attack On The Courts

Former Speaker of the House and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has attacked the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, for near dictatorial powers, never intended by the Founding Fathers in the US Constitution.   Gingrich is bringing up some very interesting points that require serious debate and discussion.   There are supposed to be three co-equal branches of government; the Legislative (Congress), the Executive (the Presidency) and the Judiciary (the federal court system).  

Yet, as it has evolved, the Supreme Court, with judges appointed for life, often can and does over rule the other two branches of government.   So instead of having proper checks and balances, the Supreme Court, elected by no one, has taken on the power, not just to interpret the Constitution; but to make laws by dictate.   Maybe it is time that we review this system because we often end up with arbitrary decisions that are contrary to the interests of the United States and the will of the American people.  

Perhaps all federal judges should have term limits of two six year terms.  This would allow the people, through their elected representatives, that would have to reconfirm judges, or appoint new ones, to get rid of judges that stray too far from the main steam in their decisions.   Federal judges have enforced the Socialist creep that has occurred in the last 100 years that is ultimately bankrupting our country.  To be candid, we have seen many court decisions come down that defy common sense.  

And, the 9th Circuit Federal Court is filled with outright left wing judicial wackos that more often than not are overruled on appeal for straying so far from the Constitution that their rulings are laughable.   All branches of the federal government have taken on unlimited powers, that are not in the Constitution and were never intended by our Founding Fathers.   Socialists under their "progressive" banner disregard the Constitution entirely.    At least as it relates to our elected representatives, we can occasionally throw the bums out; though we really do need Congressional term limits to prevent the corruption that is rampant in Congress.  

Specific to federal judges, we are usually stuck with them until death do us part since they are appointed for life by the President, once confirmed by Congress.  Instead, it is time for term limits for all federal judges, including Supreme Court justices.   We The People must be able get rid of judges, that abuse their powers, through our elected representatives and the reconfirmation, or appointment process.  

Two six year terms, with reconfirmation required by Congress, after the first term, feels about right and could create the right balance allowing for both judicial independence and the will of the people.  Our judiciary system, like other parts of the federal government, is broken.  It is time for reform.  Newt Gingrich, the thinker and historian, may have it right. 

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