The United States Supreme Court is composed of 9 justices nominated by the president and confirmed by the United States Senate.
This is arguably the most important branch of government. It is determining the future of the United States more than Congress or the president.
You as a voter can influence who will be on the Supreme Court.
Here are 3 things you should know:
1. When voting for the President of the United states, you are voting for someone who may be nominating a Supreme Court justice.
One type of judge legislates from the bench and makes laws based upon his or her own ideology. That is called a judicial activist.
A second type of judge will interpret the Constitution, not legislate from the bench. This type of judge will determine if a law is correct or incorrect based on the Constitution. That is called a strict constructionist.
A strict constructionist is what a judge should be – not one who is legislating. That is up to the legislature. That is up to the voters, and the elected officials – not the judges.
The framers of our United States Constitution never envisioned judges making law from the bench.
Unfortunately, too many presidents have appointed judicial activists who have become legislators, imposing their own values on economics and social policy – engaging in social engineering.
In the last election, President Trump promised to appoint only strict constructionists and stop judicial activists.
He has upheld his promise by nominating two strict constructionists to the Supreme Court.
With the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, he can now morally, ethically, and constitutionally appoint another Supreme Court justice.
Further, whoever is elected as president in November will be able to appoint one, and maybe two additional Supreme Court justices.
Because it is likely one or two justices will retire in the next 4 years.
President Trump’s appointment is critical because currently the Supreme Court is divided between 4 strict constructionists and 4 judicial activists. Whoever the next justice is will have a commanding vote. If a fifth strict constructionist is confirmed, it will change the face of the Supreme Court for 20 or more years.
2. Voting for the U.S. Senate is also a way of determining who will be appointed as the next Supreme Court justice.
Who you vote for in the Senate has a huge impact: 100 United States Senators, 2 from each state, will decide by voting yes or no on the nomination. This is called advice and consent… only 51 Senators are required to approve the president’s nomination (or a tie-breaking vote by the Vice-President).
3. There is one other way to influence the judiciary – and maybe the Supreme Court – voting for state and county judges.
Judges are often appointed to higher judicial offices. In other words, a Superior Court judge will be appointed to Appellate Court judge. Then possibly appointed to a higher court, the state Supreme Court or a federal court. These judges more likely will be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Voters can vote for judicial activists or strict constructionists in these lower courts.
In this upcoming election, there will be around 400 judges on the ballots across the United States.
The voters have a choice.
The voters have power.
That is why it is so important to help us with our research on the judges so we can post the judicial ratings to assist people in voting for and not against their values.
That is why it is so important to have the financial resources to get the word out on the Voter Guide, allowing people to make the best choices.
If there is a contribution you can make in this election cycle, it will be to help us elect the best judges.
Our Turn America Around fund helps us with judicial research and our Voter Guide, plus helps to elect United State Senators who will appoint or vote for strict constructionists.
If you would like to be a part of the movement, please donate by clicking here.
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Attn: Craig Huey
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Thanks in advance for your help!
Let me know what you think. Email me at Craig@ElectionForum.org.