Yesterday’s unexpected passing of Justice Antonin Scalia has suddenly thrust onto center stage one particularly critical role of the next president of the United States: appointing new justices to the Supreme Court when vacancies occur. While the role of the judiciary is not supposed to be political, sadly, we’ve seen more than one recent example of political activism creeping into the rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States.
Naturally, in that context, the sudden vacancy on our nation’s highest bench, left by one of the staunchest defenders of the Constitution, has stirred up strong opinions on both sides of the aisle. Naturally, the presidential candidates are all weighing in as well, and this morning GOP candidate Ted Cruz shared his thoughts on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and had some frightening predictions when it comes to some of Americans’ fundamental rights if the presidency ends up in the wrong hands again.
Via The Blaze:
Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said the 2016 election should be a “referendum” on the nation’s highest court.
The Texas senator told NBC’s Chuck Todd Sunday morning that he is looking forward to debating either of the Democratic presidential contenders on the future of the Supreme Court. However, according to Cruz, it isn’t just the two Democrats who could immeasurably alter the interpretation of the Constitution, in particular when it comes to gun rights.
“If Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders wins, or for that matter, if Donald Trump wins — whose record is indistinguishable from them on a great many issues — then we will see the Second Amendment written out of the Constitution,” Cruz said.Cruz also said that should Trump or Clinton be elected, “we will see unlimited abortion on demand.”
“Partial birth abortion, taxpayer funding, no parental notification, and we’ll also see our religious liberty torn down, our basic rights,” Cruz said.Cruz has argued that Clinton would have the Supreme Court dismantle the Second Amendment as he campaigned in Iowa as well as in South Carolina.
Watch for yourself (H/T NBC’s “Meet the Press”):
As Col. West reminded us earlier:
We need to remember the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is not about making law — judicial activism — it is about interpreting the law of the land and applying it to cases. The law of this land is our Constitution, and we can’t afford to have judges who make decisions based on societal and political whims and ideologies.
What’s at stake in this fight is the fundamental philosophy of what is the mission of our courts. And Sen. Cruz is right about one thing for sure, the fundamental rights of us as Americans hang in the balance.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]