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Judicial Supremacy

Inside Washington

Are federal courts increasingly overstepping boundaries?

By Candy Arrington

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. – Proverbs 21:15

When the Founding Fathers established our system of government, they provided for three equal branches—executive, legislative, and judicial. Each branch has specific authority and restrictions designed to balance power and prevent any one branch from taking control of the government.

However, in recent weeks, a federal court in California quashed President Trump's executive order, which prohibited immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States for a 120-day period. During this period, the goal was to improve the vetting process for immigrants, not halt them forever. Yet the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has an 80% reversal rate before the U. S. Supreme Court and is often referred to as the "rogue court," struck down President Trump's executive order. Was the President within the parameters of his authority? Did this lower federal court overstep its power?

Presidential Powers

The powers given to the President of the United States, as delineated in the Constitution, include:

Judicial Powers and Qualifications

The judicial branch of government consists of the United States Supreme Court and lower federal courts.

Federal courts have the power of judicial review, interpreting laws for constitutionality. Additionally, federal courts decide cases involving the laws and treaties of U.S. ambassadors and public ministers, disputes between two or more states, maritime law, and bankruptcy cases. Decisions of the lower federal courts are often appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court justices interpret laws and render opinions. They have the ability to strike down laws already in place. Surprisingly, the qualifications to serve on the country's highest court are not addressed in the Constitution. Justices do not have to be American born, be a certain age, have a certain profession, or hold a law degree. While most have some experience in public service, it's interesting that those not trained in the law have the power to decide the constitutionality of laws and overturn them. Supreme Court justices serve until they retire, resign, die, or are impeached, thus making the appointment of fair and unbiased justices extremely important.

Overstepping Boundaries?

President Trump is not the first to issue an executive order regarding immigration and he acted within the power of the executive branch in doing so. However, following the Appeals Court’s lead, federal courts in several states blocked federal authorities from enforcing President Trump's executive order restricting immigration from these seven countries.

The judicial branch of government was given specific powers by the Constitution, powers which have been reinterpreted and stretched far beyond the original intent, creating the idea that the judicial branch is superior to the executive and legislative branches.

Article VI of the Constitution states that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but increasingly, a court's interpretation of the law is deemed paramount. Only by speaking out and supporting the appointment of federal court judges and Supreme Court justices who will interpret laws based on Constitutional law rather than being swayed by special interest groups, prevailing popular opinions, or their own personal preferences can Americans be involved in thwarting judicial supremacy.

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Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles on tough topics for a wide variety of publications and enjoys teaching and speaking on these topics.

Member Comments

The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
  1. Johnny C says:

    God Almighty thank you for blessing America. Thank you for intervening in the elections and placing leaders in our government who will carry-out your plans and your will. Help them to seek You each day, and multiple times per day for your help. Protect our President, his family, and his cabinet and administration. We plead the Blood of Jesus Christ upon them, the Congress and America. Protect us from injury, deliver us from evil both seen and unseen. Bless President Donald John Trump, his Cabinet, and administration with wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and discernment to know the right things to do and the courage to do them. We bind Satan and his demons from interfering. We loose Your Holy Angles to help them and to crush the enemy and their plans. Secure our borders, jump-start our economy, restore our military. Help us become energy independent, send an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to America with awakenings and revivals throughout. Have mercy on America and restore us for your purpose that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached and cover the earth, and people will be saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. We give You the praise honor and glory. Amen, Amen, and Amen.

  2. God the Glory of His People. Isaiah 60:19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,Not for brightness shall the moon give light to you; BUT THE LORD WILL BE TO YOU AN EVERLASTING LIGHT.AND YOUR GOD YOUR GLORY.Your sun shall no longer go down . Not shall your moon withdraw itself;For the Lord will be your everlasting light.And the day of your mourning shall be ended.Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting,The work of My hands,That I may be glorified.A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I THE LORD WILL HASTEN IT IN ITS TIME. Thanks to You Lord for bringing USA into your heart and help us to be in constant prayer for your will be done through the leaders,families,business,education,Protect us from the skims of the devil.Cover us with Your Precious Blood,we christians take stand in victory as you fight our battles ;and we choose to live holy lives for ever until we are in your presence .We love you.Amen.

  3. Eddie says:

    James Madison, The Father of the Constitution said, “If men were angels no government would be necessary.” Clearly, Biblically sourced.

    Therefore, three branches of government with checks & balances were rightly instituted to prevent one branch from assuming too much power so as to dominate the others. An historical first in world governments.

    The ambiguity of elected representatives in exerting authority & power, rightly provided within the Constitution, is a derilection of responsibility as the authority closest to the people who retain the supreme authority under the Bill of Rights, specifically stated in Amendments IX and X.

    We are all guilty and justly suffer. People neglect to be informed & vote.
    Legislators & executives abdicate power in ignorance & passivity, allowing the judiciary unconstituitonal authority never provided them.

    Congress in cooporation with the President should re-examine & re-dedicate themselves to the oath they took to protect & defend against all enemies both foreign & domestic — in this case themselves — regarding Article II and III to organize & instruct the Judicial Branch.

    And do this, knowing the time; that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed… ROMANS 13:11-14

  4. Lord Jesus Christ OUR LORD AND SAVIOR :We stand united to praise you with our whole hearts ,for ever and ever (Psalm 45:17)”be merciful to us,and cause His face to shine upon us.That Your way may be known on earth,your salvation among all nations . Let the people praise You,Oh God.Let all the peoples praise You .Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy! for You shall judge the people righteously ,and govern the the nations on earth.( 67:3-4) Rule over the President and authorities over the United States of America.Give them the Fear of the Lord;,so they act with wisdom and the powers of division , will be broken so the enemy be defeated .Thank You Lord that you hear Our praises and prayers.

  5. Mathew 6:9 In this manner,therefore pray:Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name,Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is en heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,And FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS,AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS,And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.FOR YOUR IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOR EVER.AMEN.
    Lord we need you to take control of our minds and the minds of the Democrats as well as the Republicans .Help us Oh Holy Spirit, we pray.

  6. Psalm 117:1-2 Let all people Praise the Lord.
    PRAISE the Lord,All you gentiles !
    Laud Him, all you peoples!
    For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
    And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
    Praise the Lord !
    This day more than ever we need to acknowledge the power of praise to bring down strongholds.To stand strong and very courageous .The opposition increases in many ways to destroy the Presidents authority ,bringing fear. May the plans of the Lord for USA bring peace to all.

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