No, it’s not Obamacare, although the behemoth is a multi-headed dollar eating dragon that is quickly crippling our economy and steadily eroding the quality of the greatest healthcare system in World history. It is also not the constant bickering and name calling on Capitol Hill that seemed to if not start during his double term in office, certainly to escalate dramatically during his eight years. It also is not the ever widening divides between races in our Country — growing at supersonic speed thanks to the political racist rhetoric designed to do just that. And it is not the division that most thought would have been shuttered after the inauguration of America’s first non-white President. In fact, with President Obama in office, all of these U.S. problems got worse and worse the older his administration became. The worst leftover from the Obama Administration — as horrible as are the problems listed above — are the 329 federal judges appointed by the former POTUS and confirmed by the Senate, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices. You can bet that each was fully vetted by the Administration and confirmed to be from “moderate” liberal to “hard left” liberal in their leanings before their nominations. His purpose? To fulfill to the best of his ability the promise he made again and again during his 2008 campaign: to “fundamentally change America.” His authority to do so? Remember this: “Elections have consequences.” The number one consequence of his election and then re-election was his filling courts across the nation with Leftist judges who in many cases are making determinations in their courts not based on Constitutional principles where applicable or on actual content of federal laws, but on the judge’s personal interpretation of the intent of those who wrote each law.
I agree with you that this is a far-out basis on which any judge to render an opinion. But they are doing it and doing it more and more every day. It has never been more evident than the judgments rendered by the various federal judges who have weighed in formally on President Trump’s travel ban…twice now. We have all read and re-read both versions of the ban. I have read both several times. They are plainly written with full explanation and quote existing law that authorizes a president to take such action. Here’s the law that President Trump used to issue the two Executive Orders:
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.” Title 8, Chapter 12, US Code 1182
I don’t know about you, but that’s very plain and easy to take literally. Based solely on the “letter” of the law, President Trump had every legal right to issue such an order. And NO court had any legal right to issue a temporary stay of that order. So where’s the rub?
First let me tell you how and why the specific courts were called on to adjudicate the various appeals requested of this ban. The process is called “forum shopping.” That is, when a regulation, order, or law is passed in the United States with which someone disagrees, IF it has a federal basis, the “injured” party (or “alleged injured” party) can go to a federal court anywhere in the U.S. and file their appeal in THAT court. So what happened is the “alleged injured” party representatives took their request for a temporary stay of President Trump’s travel ban to courts that are the most liberal in the nation. In two cases the judges that heard the appeals were vocally anti Trump! The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is in northern California — in the land of “fruits and nuts” — and heard the appeal of the issuance of a temporary restraining order of the first travel ban executive order. That court is full of liberal judges and is the most overturned Court by the U.S. Supreme Court — 70% of their rulings between 2010-2015 have been overturned at the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Watson — the federal judge in Hawaii who issued the stay of President Trump’s second travel ban — was appointed by Obama in 2012, and — probably not a coincidence — met with Barack Obama the day before he issued his travel ban Temporary Restraining Order. Hmmm…..
President Obama — a constitutional lawyer — knew full well the importance of stacking the courts in America with like minded liberal judges during his 8 years in the White House. Why? He needed to find the best way to guarantee his socialist agenda would continue after his presidency ended. He knew that legislatively Americans would at some point soon (even though he thought Hillary would have succeeded him as President) elect conservative legislators that would nix the liberal laws and regulations he put in place and who he felt any liberal successor would implement. The Judicial system in America has always been the great equalizer in Government. He knew to keep the move toward pure American Socialism alive, he had to tilt the judiciary toward the Left. And boy, did he.
Because of Barack Obama, the Nation faces a quiet (but almost deafening in its silence) dilemma: how to overcome the monstrous tilt toward socialism in the federal judiciary initiated by Obama. Remember: most federal judges are appointed for life. That means the bulk of those 329 appointees of his are there for a long, long time. Sure there is an impeachment process for removal. But you can imagine how difficult that would be. So what can we do?
The only sure way to cripple if not defeat the Left’s march toward socialism is to make certain that conservative judges — ONLY conservative judges — are confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, starting with Neil Gorsuch who has been appointed to replace staunch conservative judge Antonin Scalia after his untimely and mysterious death. (That death alone makes one think of John Grisham’s novel THE PELICAN BRIEF) With Gorsuch’s confirmation, that will put the SCOTUS at 5 conservative (or 5 who make conservative decisions “most” of the time) to 4 liberal judges who NEVER depart from a liberal perspective. Remember: the final determination and only way to overturn a decision for any case that comes out of one of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal is through the U.S. Supreme Court. What they determine is the ultimate determination and cannot be changed. If the SCOTUS goes liberal, American goes Socialist — you can bet your life on it.
What do we do? We do everything we can do to get our U.S. Senators to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace Judge Scalia. No, we don’t have a vote for that position. But we do have votes for our U.S. Senators. So we have a voice there. And it needs to become a loud voice. We need — through every communication vehicle we can amass — to let our Senators know we demand Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. We need to educate our friends and family members with the information you have just read — make sure they understand and push them hard to write, call, and/or email their U.S. Senators.
“If not us, then who……If not now, then when?”