On Thursday, Ryan Walters discussed his article Should Presidents And Legislatures Ignore Crazy Court Decisions? Alexander Hamilton Thinks So on the Mike & Vince show on WLCR AM in Kentucky.
Walters calls on the executive and legislative branches along with each and every American citizen to do their part in defending and upholding the Constitution, not subjugating their understanding to several supreme court justices, but instead applying independent thought and discernment to issues.
Walters argues that each branch of government has a duty and obligation to uphold the Constitution, including, in response to unconstitutional supreme court decisions. “Is there anything that a federal court or supreme court can declare that we will say, I’m sorry, that is illegal, it is unconstitutional, that smacks of judicial tyranny, and no. Is there a line? Or is this just whatever those five justices on the supreme court, or worse yet as you mentioned, the 9th circuit court, or whatever very liberal federal court out there decides one day. Is that just automatically the new law of the land or can we have other branches of government actually question that?”
He puts forward a clear and logical argument for his position founded upon Alexander Hamilton’s writing in Federalist 78. Hamilton’s writing was in response to concerns about the powers vested within the judiciary outlined by Brutus in Anti-Federalist 15:
“The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society; and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” Federalist 78
In short, the supreme court does not wield any superior authority over the executive or legislative branches. Instead these two branches of government have an inherent obligation to their office and constituents to oppose judicial tyranny.
You can listen to the full interview below:
Other articles from Ryan Walters
- The Locust Years: The Republican Party 2017-2018? The Liberty Bell
- The 500 year-old lesson from Martin Luther American Thinker
- Why does academia fear competition? American Thinker