Newt on Combating Judicial Activism

“There is no judicial supremacy. It does not exist in the American Constitution. Let me be clear: Judicial supremacy is factually wrong; it is morally wrong; and it is an affront to the American system of self-government.”

Late last year, Newt Gingrich spoke at the Value Voters Summit, where he addressed the problem of judicial activism in this country — mostly on matters of life and religious liberty. He explains how crucial it is that we restore the proper role of the judicial branch to that which it was given in the Constitution and as expressed in other writings by the Founding Fathers (e.g., the Federalist Papers). “Drastic” measures may need to be taken, such as removing radical judges from the bench and even abolishing entire federal courts (as Thomas Jefferson et al. did with the Judicial Reform Act (1802)). But, if we don’t check the power of activist courts soon, the tyranny will only get worse and continue to eat away our freedoms from within. Fortunately, if Newt becomes President, he is prepared to take the necessary action to rein in this judicial activism.

“[This is] one of the great, historic decisions we will make over the next few years — whether we take back the courts, we re-balance the Constitution, we insist on judges who understand the Constitution. And I can promise you, in a Gingrich administration only people who are dedicated to the original document and its original meaning will get any court appointment at any level.”

The speech is only 22 minutes, so I urge you to give it a listen.

If you are so inclined, you can access the 54-page paper Newt mentions here.


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