Why Ms. Young thinks that I’m “upset that the AP exposed” some “strict constructionist code words” is beyond me. My belief in strict constructionist judges is based on my belief that the Constitution means what it says, that there’s a reason why the Founding Fathers outlined the specific duties of each branch of government.
Strict constructionism simply means that elected officials are responsible for enacting and signing legislation that becomes law. The Founding Fathers’ wisdom in establishing that is that they wanted elections to hold people accountable for their actions in the House, Senate or White House.
The last thing they wanted was unelected people making laws, which is what activist judges do. Let’s remember that they just separated themselves from the British because they didn’t believe in accountability.
Here’s how Ms. Young twisted my post into her own diatribe:
Giulianni was pandering to the theocrats when he said that. The so-called “strict constructionists” such as Scalia really are interested in having a theocracy. Scalia has said that Government derives its legitimacy from God. That’s not what the constitution says and it’s interesting how these characters have claimed to be “strict constructionists.”
Christians are now considered theocrats? That’s a helluva leap.
While it’s true that the Constitution doesn’t say that government “derives its legitimacy from God”, the Declaration of Independence does:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The Declaration is clear that the Founding Fathers believed that the government only had the powers that the governed consented to.
Read it all here.