Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Importance of the Constitution and how it relates to the Supreme Court; and the soon confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

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LISTEN NOW! (Or Watch Full Program!) When individuals are running for a potential seat in our leadership, promises are made. When it comes time to elect the candidate for a designated position, we take into consideration what decisions and actions were promised would be carried out. Before President Trump became our current President, he promised to appoint a Supreme Court Justice that would abide by the Constitution. President Trump has fulfilled this promise and nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the present vacancy in the Supreme Court.

Judge Gorsuch understands the immense responsibility that is being presented to him. “The Supreme Court’s work is vital not just to a region of the Country, but to the whole, vital to the protection of the people’s liberties under law; and to the continuity of our Constitution, the greatest charter of human liberty the world has ever known.” He also understands the Constitution’s original intent for the Judicial Branch; not make law, but to interpret those that have already been made. “I respect to the fact that in our legal order, it is for the Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply not alter, the work of the people’s representatives.”

It is always a vital decision to decide who will be the next President of the United States. What some may not know, is that this decision also brings additional appointees in other areas of government; namely, The Supreme Court. Whoever is elected as President, will also appoint Supreme Court Justices when vacancies present themselves. Rick Joyner and Lt. Gen (Ret.) Boykin discussed the very importance of this matter. Boykin points out, “The most enduring impact of any presidential administration is the Supreme Court Justices.” The reason being is the length of time that a Supreme Court Justice will serve compared to the time a President will serve. Boykin continues, “…so when you have presidents appointing Supreme Court justices, they will be there long after that president has left office and they will continue making decisions that would be aligned with that President.” Think about the vital decisions that are brought before the Supreme Court and the importance of those who will decide the moral direction that our Country will go. It is important to have a Supreme Court Justice who will not insert their preference, or political leanings, when deciding on a particular court case, but to decide solely based on what is alignment with the Constitution.

The reason that Washington exists is because it is spelled out in the Constitution. Without the awareness of what is said within the Constitution, one would be unaware of just how far we have gone from its original intentions. Instead of laws being created by Congress, in the Legislative Branch, we are seeing laws being created from the Judicial Branch, The Supreme Court. Our freedoms and liberties are not being taken away, we are giving them away. This is only possible because we are not aware of how operations were initially intended to be carried out. When we start giving up our liberties for comfort and convenience, we will find ourselves in a reality that results in Communism.

As Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, Robert George often asks his students how the framers of the Constitution sought to “preserve liberty and prevent tyranny”. As he describes, many of his students get the answer wrong, because their answers “reflects a common misunderstanding of the Constitution.” George further explains his response by sharing this important matter; “The Constitution did not envision a national government of general jurisdiction – meaning a government that could do whatever it wanted -- but rather, a government of enumerated and delegated powers -- a government that had authority over only specific areas of American life. All other powers were to be beyond the scope of the national government and reserved to the States or to the American people themselves.” He further points how this being the reason why the 9th and 10th Amendments were added to the Constitution. As he describes, “These amendments reinforced the idea that the national government couldn't just assume powers it had not been specifically granted by the Constitution.” It is because we do not understand the original intent of the Constitution that we have unknowingly been allowing other branches to create law. We can see now how the power to make law must be given back to Congress, and it must remain within the hands of Congress.

As President Trump continues to address the American people on what is taking place under his Administration, he shares about the present status of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and how the Senate will be voting on this nomination. President Trump details on how the process of making laws is supposed to be carried out. “Elected representatives from all across the country come together, they host hearings, they listen to the concerns of the people, and then they try to write laws that address those concerns and make life better for all Americans.” When processes are not instantaneous, but linger and are drawn out, that means they are simply going through the process of how it’s ordered in the Constitution. “It's a process that is meant to take time and energy, to ensure that every new law will better serve our wonderful citizens. That's how our democratic process works. The duty of judges; therefore, is not to rewrite the laws, but to uphold the laws and to apply the Constitution as written.”

As we have elected the leaders that are now in authority, it is important that we also continue to support their leadership in prayer. We need to pray for our leaders. So many cases are taken before the Supreme Court. Take into consideration Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in the United States. If we want God to move, we cannot allow innocent bloodshed. It makes a difference who will be in the Supreme Court.

Allow your understanding of the Supreme Court to grow as you see how important it is to know how America was designed to be carried out through the words of the Constitution, how laws are made, why it matters who our Supreme Court justices are, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, Prager University, democracy, Republic, Conservative, Justice Antonin Scalia, Dredd Scott Decision, Constitutional Law, Federalists, slavery, tyranny, liberties, freedom, Rick Joyner, Senate, bipartisan, and Congress. Greg and John shared in this segment. 


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