Jeb Bush, Republicans Uphold Judicial Tyranny In Schiavo Case
By Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
One of the Jbiggest mantras of the Republican Party is its supposed commitment to end judicial tyranny.
Yet, when its most powerful state chief executive in the Terri Schiavo case, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, was faced with a golden opportunity to sledgehammer the judiciary for its unconstitutional court-ordered murder of Schiavo, it laid an egg.
Thus is the ongoing saga of the deceptive Republican Party.
Deliberately deceiving millions of Christian voters into believing that it is legitimately pro-life and committed to republican government where the judiciary is subservient to the Constitution, the Republican Party through actions and omissions by its own most powerful leaders has shown itself to be committed to neither.
Any lay person can recognize whether leaders are committed to certain principles. It does not require a political scientist to realize whether a politician is genuine in his beliefs.
If out of the right side of a leader's mouth certain principles are proclaimed, and yet out of the left side contrary statements or actions are made, then it is obvious that this particular leader is not genuine.
Any six-year-old child knows hypocrisy when she sees it! You can bet your bottom dollar that this same six-year-old can see the hypocrisy and deception of the Republican Party.
The Republican "right side" of the mouth: "We believe that the self-proclaimed supremacy of... judicial activists is antithetical to the democratic ideals on which our nation was founded." [From the 2004 Republican Party Platform]
The Republican "left side" of the mouth: "I cannot violate a court order.... I don't have powers from the United States Constitution ... that would allow me to intervene after a decision has been made." [Governor Bush with regard to exercising his executive police powers by intervening on behalf of Terri Schiavo]
Ask your six-year-old: Is the Republican Party serious about curbing judicial tyranny?
The Terri Schiavo case was one of the largest and most explosive political issues on which nearly every American held an opinion. It was therefore the perfect opportunity - one that comes along perhaps just once in a lifetime - for Jeb Bush to demonstrate the Republican Party's commitment to crushing unjust judicial orders and to governing according to Constitutional principles.
If the Republican Party truly believed in the Constitution, then it would realize that only the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, not the judicial branch of government. Article VI of the Constitution confirms this truth: "This Constitution... shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby."
The judiciary is a creature of the Constitution, deriving its powers from the same. The potter has the power over the clay, not the other way around.
As any civics class instructs, every branch of government has been enumerated certain powers which balance against other branches of government. However, if the legislative and the executive branches are of the mind that the judicial branch possesses "the final say" on any matter simply by issuing a "court order", then they have implicitly exchanged Constitutional government with its checks and balances for judicial tyranny.
This is precisely what Jeb Bush and the Republican Party have done.
Throughout the Schiavo matter, Jeb craftily postured himself to appear solidly pro-life by "doing everything he could" in appealing to the legislature and to the judiciary in order to prolong Terri's life (and to gain more sympathetic supporters from the pro-life community). In so doing, Jeb fooled the people into believing that he is committed to Biblical principles.
In reality however, Jeb Bush had no intention of checking any court order, as is evidenced by his own admission, even though he knew precisely that any order that mandates the taking of an innocent human's life without Due Process of Law is in total violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, not to mention a violation of the Sixth Commandment of the Law of God.
The chief executive has the Constitutional authority to intervene against unconstitutional court orders, and the moral obligation to use the police powers of the state to protect the shedding of innocent blood.
Jeb Bush did neither.
His commitment to the "legality" of an unconstitutional court order reveals his fidelity to judicial tyranny rather than Constitutional government, and his commitment to political expediency above the cause for life.
Any six-year-old child can thus conclude that the Republican Party is likewise so committed.
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