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Should SCOTUS Possess Such Power?

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

We are talking a lot about the Supreme Court, the impact of losing Justice Scalia as one of the great voices on the United States Supreme Court. It certainly will be felt in many decisions coming down the pipe with respect to the 5 – 4 decisions that Scalia has been a part of that ultimately were very critical. Now we won’t have that voice. But, should we be talking this much? Should the Supreme Court essentially occupy this kind of presence of power, of influence within our country?

Mat Staver: Matt, certainly we’ve been talking a lot, and the nation’s been talking a lot about the demise, the loss of Justice Scalia. Our condolences certainly go out to his family and all of those who were closely associated with Justice Scalia — his children, his grandchildren. But certainly it also has an impact on the future of this country and the United States Supreme Court. We could not have lost a better voice on the Supreme Court. We have other good ones that are still there, but he was a very strong advocate.

The question however is, we’re talking about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court…and it certainly is. And we need to block any nomination that President Obama puts our way until a new president, and hopefully it’s a president that will nominate the right person, with a Senate that will confirm the right person. So there are two-fold points of action: block the nomination of Obama and elect a good president. And also, keep a good senate. On the other hand, the problem is, the Supreme Court has gotten out of hand over the years. It should not occupy this kind of influence in our daily lives.

Matt Barber: No, it shouldn’t. And regrettably over the last few decades the other two branches of government — the Legislative and the Executive — have really for some inexplicable reason, Mat, they’ve acquiesced to this notion of judicial supremacy. And this is a dangerously dominant concept that even is excepted, really, in our larger society that erroneously regards the Unite States Supreme Court as the final arbiter of all things public policy.


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