The Supreme Court
March 4, 2009
I think the following quote is a nice follow-up to my last post:
As Lincoln said in his first inaugural address, “[I]f the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, . . . the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”
I got the above quote from this article.
When is the last time you or any of your direct representatives (that you voted for or against) had any power to decide whether to make abortion legal or illegal? To deny or permit school prayer? To determine whether unlawfully obtained information could be used by prosecutors in state criminal proceedings?
Have we Americans not already “ceased to be [our] own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned [our] Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal”?
What would happen if a President one day told the US Supreme Court that one of its decisions was unconstitutional, and since he took an oath to the Constitution, he could not enforce the Court’s decision? I think that would be really interesting.