Letter: President needs this homework assignmentLast week I watched with amazement at President Obama’s attack on the role of the Supreme Court.
By: Monica Kolars, River Falls, River Falls Journal
Last week I watched with amazement at President Obama’s attack on the role of the Supreme Court.
The president says he is a constitutional scholar, so I would have thought he would have understood that it is the role of the Supreme Court to decide if a law is constitutional. In 1803 this was ensured by Marbury vs. Madison http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbury_v._Madison.
It was the first time a Western court declared a law unconstitutional, thus helping to define the powers and limits of the judicial and executive branches of government. Said Justice Marshall: “ A legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law.”
In response to the president’s words, a judge on the 5th circuit asked the Justice Department to essentially write a book report, single-spaced, type-written and a minimum of three pages to help the president and his administration understand the role of the Supreme Court.
In light of these threats to the Constitution by President Obama and his administration, I would recommend the free online course offered by Hillsdale College entitled, “History and the Meaning of the Constitution.”
All Americans, regardless of party affiliation or special interests, should be concerned about the integrity of our government.
We must return to the wisdom of the founding fathers and continue to keep the powers of the branches separate thus ensuring good government and the prevention of tyranny.