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Judicial Accountability: How We Lost It, How to Regain It

The Framers of the Constitution of the United States, and those who framed the constitutions of each of the 50 States, all sought to separate the various governmental powers among three branches of government, and allow each to check and balance the other two. Yet the judicial branch has lately begun to assert a power that the other two branches are nearly powerless to check, power that threatens our liberty and our values.

Any Constitution in the United States recognizes three distinct branches of government:

  • Legislative: makes the laws.
  • Executive: carries out the laws.
  • Judicial: interprets the laws.

What Is a Constitutional Candidate?

For too long, American voters have elected politicians to legislative, executive, and in some States, judicial office without even expecting, much less asking, them to be faithful to the US Constitution or their respective State constitutions. All that has seemed to matter, either to the candidates themselves or to some who have voted for them, have been results–and to be more specific, the enactment of certain policies, whether those policies are in accord with the Constitution or not. This is inappropriate. The Framers wrote the Constitution, and put certain things in it (and left certain other things out of it) for a reason, and that reason is: a free people can never trust their government implicitly, but must always set limits on what that government can do.

Thomas Jefferson said it best:

A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

And an elected official whose every act is one that may define a tyrant, is likewise unfit to lead, or even to serve.