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We the People Act(HR 3893 IH)March 4, 2004 To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes. Mr. PAUL (for himself and Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland) introduced the bill in the 108th Congress and needs to be introduced in the 109th Congress.
Tuesday, January 4
Objective Of This Blog
In the 107th Congress (2001-2002), Congress used the authority of Article III, Section 2, clause 2 on 12 occasions to limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts. The relevant portions of Article III are a mere 200 words, involving the first sentence of Section 1 and the first two clauses of Section 2. The essence of those 200 words can be reduced to the following, which reveals the enormous power Congress has over the federal courts:
"The judicial power of the United States shall be vested...in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."
"....the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction...with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make."
Congress has plenary authority to regulate and even abolish all jurisdiction of the lower federal courts and it has near plenary authority to restrict the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court. The State courts are explicitly bound to uphold federal law under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause to interpret and enforce the Constitution, and they are more than adequate to protect individual rights. The State courts aren't bound to uphold unconstitutional federal judicial majority opinion found in deviant precedent, and neither are any other Federal or State officials whose oath of Office requires them to uphold the Constitution.
Article III has enormous implications for numerous issues, such as abortion, sodomy and 'establishment clause' cases, where the federal courts routinely issue nothing but unconstitutional majority opinions. The State courts, strictly interpreting the Constitution according to fixed rules, could begin to reverse the severe damage done by federal courts over the past half-century.
Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, acknowledged the source of Rights and expressed the fundamental purpose of government:"....all Men are created equal...endowed by their Creator with...unalienable Rights, that among these are Life....to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted...."
Science and rational demonstration prove that a human being exist from the moment of conception. The ethic of reciprocity compels one to consider others, as he desires to be considered by others. The combined effect of science and ethics indicates that the only way a living human being can't be fully human is by broken law. Roe v Wade and progeny broke the law; for, among the fundamental purposes of government is the security of the right to life.
Combining scientific & medical facts with Biblical & ethical principals to form arguments which save lives by persuasion is of inestimable value - however - these victories for life haven't succeeded in terminating the unconstitutional opinions, commencing with Roe v Wade which have broken the rule of law.
Article III of the U.S. Constitution empowers the U.S. Congress to let the States begin to mend their broken laws.