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The New Jersey Supreme Court Disses George Washington

In August 2009, the Sussex County Tea Party Patriots sponsored a Committee to Recall Senator Robert Menendez and subsequently filed a notice to recall the Senator in accordance with NJ laws. After two court cases, including a unanimous decision by the Appellate Division in favor the Recall Committee and a NJ Supreme Court 4-2 decision in favor of Menendez, the Committee had intended to take this battle all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the legal battle rendered the case moot because existing time constraints would not have allowed the recall to proceed regardless of the decision. While the legal battle may have been interesting, a possibly more important battle has slipped under the public radar screen.

When court cases like this, challenge the Constitution, judges usually place great importance on the intention of the founders. Many are familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut who were trying to establish a state religion. In that letter Jefferson stated that there was a “wall of separation between church and state.” Lawyers and judges often refer to this case and give it substantial weight in determining the intentions of our founders in church/state matters. But Jefferson wrote this letter ten years after the Constitutional Convention—and he was in France while the Convention took place.

Coups aren’t just for babies

Senator Robert Menendez, who enjoys the protection of a sycophantic media

While many think it’s cute when babies coo, few smile at the thought of a government coup.

Webster gives two definitions for a coup. A coup can be defined as turning something upside down. It can also be defined as a highly successful stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment. Whereas a coup d’état is defined as a sudden and decisive action in politics, especially one effecting a change of government illegally or by force. A coup may conjure up images of angry mobs storming capitals, but not all coups require force to effect change. In the United States “change” would qualify as illegal change if it is adverse to our US Constitution.

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.