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David Ripley: The Gravity of Gorsuch’s Insane Edict

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Much of the conservative punditry has focused their angst on John Roberts and his continued pandering to the left side of the Supreme Court. Granted, the recent DACA decision is a disappointing attempt to square a circle – but it seems fixable. At least if Donald Trump is reelected.

The more important decision is Justice Gorsuch’s opinion to force America to accept the patently false “fact” that the drafters of the original federal statute barring employment discrimination meant to include the entire “Alphabet Population” in their definition of “sex”. It is a shocking development. Mr. Gorsuch was recently appointed to the Supreme Court as an “originalist”, a “strict constructionist”, a jurist who would help restore a limited judiciary and a respect for the rule of law.

Wow. To see him lead the effort to blatantly legislate from the bench is pretty disheartening.

And it is crystal clear that Mr. Gorsuch indulged himself in the sordid business of turning the 9-member Supreme Court into something of a “super legislative branch”. We have witnessed the Idaho Legislature and many county commissioners wrestle with the social and moral implications of “adding the words”. Many hours of testimony and legal analysis have gone into the question in the Capitol building. And the Legislature has rejected the notion of legitimizing “gender identity”. (We grieve for the wasted time of those many Idaho legislative heroes whose work has just been cast aside).

Our elected lawmakers – including members of the U.S. Congress – have been peremptorily overruled by the “Uber-Legislators” wearing really smart black robes. And they have, therefore, set in motion a social revolution with dire consequences for America and our children.

Aside from the abuse of constitutional authority, it really is astonishing to see a man like Neil Gorsuch lend credibility to the absurd notion that gender is not a matter of biological reality – but one of opinion or choice or pop trend. It is such an anti-intellectual posture that one is left completely bewildered trying to account for how one of Gorsuch’s clear intelligence could validate such nonsense. His opinion is nothing less than another attack on the whole foundation of Western society — and its embrace of an objective, knowable reality.

While the Gorsuch opinion is not a finding of the U.S. Constitution per se – it is clear that the present court will have no problem creating a plethora of new “rights” for the Alphabet Crowd once given the opportunity.

But let us return to this issue of Gorsuch’s abuse of Constitutional authority. It is an axiom of conservative philosophy that the role of the US Supreme Court and federal judiciary should be greatly proscribed. It does not have the legitimate authority to create new law or new rights; those are powers reserved to the People and their elected representatives. Yet here we are: a Court we thought was “conservative” has betrayed, again, those principles. Once more we discover a justice may not have been honest when interviewed for the position. (And why does this only happen with Republican appointments to the bench?)

The obvious abuse of authority by Mr. Gorsuch and Mr. Roberts presents a serious challenge to the conservative movement: Our hopes for shrinking the abusive power acquired by the federal judiciary can no longer rest entirely on the proposition that we must win elections and find the “right” person to serve on the high court. Of course, that strategy must continue to be pursued; it is simply elementary that that strategy is insufficient. There will always be guys like Neil Gorsuch.

We must think deeper about this profound problem – as it is among the chief threats to a functioning and accountable Republican form of government.

We submit that the Founders would not be particularly shocked by a judiciary which continues to arrogate power to itself. Some of the more learned might have predicted it, based upon their mature understanding of man’s nature. In fact, they bet on it. They crafted a Constitution built upon the assumption that man would seek to build personal and institutional power; the Founders then set those baser ambitions against one another. We know this mechanism as “checks and balances” – and it was that grappling for competing power interests which would preserve our freedoms and accountable government.

This gets us closer to the problem at hand.

Upon just a rather lazy contemplation of our current straits, it becomes obvious that what we are missing is any real check upon the federal judiciary. That branch of government is out of control, and threatens our very liberty to govern ourselves, because the other branches of government have failed to provide a meaningful check upon power-grabbers like John Roberts. The Executive Branch, particularly under President Trump, cannot be much maligned for negligence in this matter since they are in regular conflict with the judiciary.

The real culprit in this tale of degrading freedom is Congress. It has been an eternity since the U.S Congress has done anything meaningful to check the abuse of power which streams from our federal benches.

We propose that the conservative movement begin demanding of politicians seeking federal office a concrete action plan for holding the judiciary accountable. The U.S. House of Representatives has at its disposal a huge weapon in the form of the appropriation process. They also have the ability to override decisions like the one just foisted upon us by Gorsuch, by amending the original discrimination in employment act by making it clear that sexual “identity” does not meet the requirements of special protections. It could also include particular protections for religious and moral objections to protect the First Amendment rights of employers.

But let’s discuss some other potential challenges to the arrogance of the judicial oligarchy.

We could demand that members of the U.S. Senate begin holding impeachment hearings on those members of the judiciary who have been convicted of crimes. We might also demand that Congress amend its various legislative actions which have granted life-time appointments to all members of the federal bench – despite the fact that the Constitution requires a life-time appointment only for members of the Supreme Court.

What if Congress enacted a ten-year term for each district and appeals court appointee? Congress might require that, at the end of that term, a judge would have to be re-confirmed. This would give senators the opportunity to review the work of said judge to see if they have upheld their oath of office. Those with a clear record of abusing their authority could be denied reconfirmation, thus opening the position to a new nominee. This change alone would likely have a profound impact on those lower court judges and their egregious willingness to thumb their nose at the public and Congress.

This is by no means presented as an exhaustive list of reforms and actions available to Congress – merely a beginning point to generate a new way of thinking about how to meet this most lethal threat to our Republican form of government.

Without a robust and concerted effort by the Congress to arrest the judiciary’s abuse of power, the trajectory is clear. It is simply irrational to continue to pin all our hopes on individual nominees to restrain themselves in the face of gross temptation. We must demand a restoration of institutional checks upon the judiciary’s lust for power. No more hand-wringing at public rallies. We must insist upon action.

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David Ripley: Thank You, Mr. President

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Thank you, Mr. President.

Posted: 21 Jun 2020 03:29 AM PDT

Last night’s Trump rally was just what the doctor ordered. After one challenge, crisis or outrage after another – it was downright thrilling to hear President Trump offer a full-throated defense of all that is great in America. He gave voice to millions who wonder how the media and their Democrat allies could portray a nation so differently from the one we have actually experienced. He provided comfort to the millions of us who weep over the destruction of our cities and history. And Mr. Trump defended the thousands of men and women who wear the badge and answer the call to service.

Yes, this society continues to be challenged by serious problems. And we live in an era in which “solutions” are thrown against the wall by socialists and other pundits; yet rarely do they bother to do the hard work of understanding the exact nature or scope of the problem. This trend is even more pronounced now that most information in the public domain comes via Twitter or Wikipedia. New demagogues pop up like mushrooms via podcasts or Facebook.

We are greatly blessed to have a president with the courage and vision of Donald Trump. May the Lord continue to protect him and guide him.

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David Ripley: Literally a Life and Death Election

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood publicly announced its inevitable support of Joe Biden for President. In doing so, they cited his work with Obama in expanding abortion through the “Affordable Care Act”. And, of course, his 100% pro-abort record as a member of the US Senate was lauded by the group.

There’s not much news in talking about Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Biden. It has long been a matter of public record that Joe Biden abandoned his Christian principles for the applause of the mob. And, of course, Planned Parenthood has never had as bold an opponent as they have in President Donald J. Trump. They would endorse anyone challenging our current president.

We bring this endorsement to your attention because of a comment made in the press release by the acting president of Planned Parenthood: “This is literally a life and death election”.

Finally, we have some common ground with Planned Parenthood. The lives of tens of thousands of babies and their mothers could be at stake in this election; perhaps it is not too much to say that the next generation is at risk by the election of Joe Biden and his abortion cronies.

No president has done more for the pro-Life movement than Donald Trump. We desperately need him to be re-elected if we are to have any hope of ending this tragic and horrific regime of legalized abortion. God showed great mercy on America by allowing Trump to win in 2016. We pray that His mercy for our nation is not yet exhausted.

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David Ripley: Colorado Pro-Lifers Gain Ballot

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Pro-Life advocates in Colorado have again qualified an abortion restriction for the November ballot.

This proposition would ban abortions after 22 weeks, except in cases where the mother’s life is threatened. Pro-lifers were able to collect some 153,000 signatures despite the challenges of the Chinese Virus.

This measure has national implications: Colorado was the first state in America to provide for legalized abortion back in 1967 – well before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. Approval of the measure would send a strong signal to the current Court that America has rejected its moral compass.

Currently, Colorado has almost no restriction on the practice of abortion, which led to the destruction of 12,390 preborn children in 2017 – the last year for which we could find data. The state currently requires parental notification when a minor girl seeks an abortion. And tax funding for abortions is limited to rape, incest and life of the mother.

Efforts to protect babies have been repeatedly rejected by a hostile, Democrat controlled Legislature.

Defenders of the Innocent have made repeated attempts to use the ballot box and initiative process to gain protections for babies at risk. Those efforts have thus far been rebuffed by voters. In 2008, for instance, an amendment to the Colorado Constitution was proposed which would have defined life to begin at conception. That measure was opposed by 73% of Colorado voters.

Perhaps this measure will fare better: Abortions continue to decline in Colorado. And the measure would apply restrictions toward the end of the 2nd Trimester.

We pray for their success.

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