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Congress has the power to rein in liberal activist judges, and has done so several times in the past, using Article III of the Constitution. Though its recent conduct belies this truth, Congress has the power to stop liberal activist judges. The U.S. Constitution expressly allows Congress to take away jurisdiction from rogue federal courts. The most recent batch of U.S. Supreme Court rulings is prompting conservatives to demand that Congress use this weapon — one that has worked well in the past and whose use in the culture wars is long overdue. Across the country, conservatives are fast losing faith in the courts. Congressman Steve King of Iowa, a conservative heavyweight in an influential state, has introduced legislation to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over marriage. As noted in an earlier article on these pages, in Arizona more than 100 Republican and Tea Party leaders have called for similar reforms to overturn federal court rulings that torpedoed state crackdowns on illegal immigration. Republican presidential candidates are talking tough about the courts, as well.
Polling confirms a decided shift in public opinion. Half of Republican voters now believe states have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Negative views of the U.S. Supreme Court have hit a record high, with the Supreme Court barely receiving a positive rating. Sixty-one percent of Republicans view the court negatively.
Article III: The One Reform that Can Work…..Conservatives are increasingly turning to the one reform that has promise: stripping the federal courts of their jurisdiction over selected areas of public policy.
Article III: A Proven Strategy……History and precedent show this is a viable approach, and the only readily available remedy to combat these liberal aggressions.
Article III: Aiding the New Deal…….While history remembers President Franklin Roosevelt’s failed attempt to “pack” the Supreme Court, largely forgotten is the way his congressional allies successfully used Congress’s Article III powers.
Article III Successfully Used More Recently…..More recently, the federal courts upheld the power of a Republican Congress to restrict their jurisdiction over immigration disputes.
A Necessary Fight….Such a confrontation would not cause a “constitutional crisis,” as the left would surely claim. This crisis is going on now, and has been for the last half century. It has been engineered by agenda-driven liberal judges who have done great damage to our republic. They have commenced a political street fight in which only one side has been engaged. Are not our national character, culture and very souls worth a true fight?
To paraphrase Pascal’s Wager, what do we have to lose?
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