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February 8, 2017
“We have a federal district court judge in Seattle who basically second-guessed the President on the wisdom and propriety of the President’s executive order. And that is absolutely not the job of federal judges in our society.”“The law on which President Trump relied is crystal clear. A 1952 statute which says, just as John Roberts read from the government’s brief, that the president of the United States has the authority to suspend any immigration of an individual or a group or a class of people, for public health, public safety or national security. It’s not the President and the courts, it’s not the President and the Congress. It’s the President alone.”
Does our current status quo make our Constitution a suicide pact? Thomas Jefferson certainly said as much, warning that accepting judicial supremacy would make our founding document just that, a “felo de se,” (suicide) as he put it in Latin.Acceptance of judicial supremacy, by the way, is precisely why President Trump's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is on hold. Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist, No. 78 that the judiciary is the "least dangerous" branch of government because it "has no influence over either the sword or the purse," yet it's trumping the man with the sword, the president. But does it have to be this way?No, Trump could simply ignore the court ruling suspending his ban.Outrageous!? Unconstitutional!? Actually, it's wholly constitutional.Jefferson explained why in 1820, writing that "to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions" is "a very dangerous doctrine indeed and one which would place us under the despotism of an Oligarchy." This is where we are now, and have long been – suicide-pact territory. The will of a nation 320-million strong is expressed through its duly elected representatives and laws are passed....And then that will is thwarted by five black-robed lawyers in a central-government tribunal.Does this sound like a government of, by and for the people to you?
- The Turkish-born yogurt entrepreneur, 43, is committed to The Giving Pledge, created by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates
- The effort asks billionaires to commit to giving away more than half their wealth during their lifetimes or in their wills for philanthropy
- Ulukaya, who is based in New York, is divorced with no children