Throughout history, the Supreme Court on occasion has become a political body, ruling in accordance to the opinions and beliefs of its members and not according to precedence, the law, and the Constitution. For example, in 1857 the Supreme Court upheld slavery in certain jurisdictions through their decision in the Dredd Scott v. Sandford case, only to have another court rule that segregation was legal just 40 years later in Plessy v. Ferguson.
But even that ruling was overturned by different Supreme Court members in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education, eliminating segregation in schooling, and bringing forward forced integration into the states and society.
The point is, the Supreme Court over time has altered its own rulings based on the whims and changes in society, and not in accordance with precedence or the law. And when the Court last month ruled that states are now forced to facilitate and allow gay marriage, despite the fact the court admitted that marriage was under their dominion and not the Federal government’s, a growing change in the minds of people began to take place.
In a poll taken by Rasmussen from June 30-July 1, over one third of Americans believe that states can and should have the right to ignore rulings from the Supreme Court they believe are Un-Constitutional, and follow through with the will of the people within that state, as was accorded their original right under the 10th Amendment.
Americans are increasingly in favor of states being able to ignore federal court rulings, a new poll has revealed. This comes on the heels of last week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and Obamacare.
The survey by Rasmussen Reports was conducted among 1,000 eligible (and likely) voters over a two-day period, June 30-July 1.
It reveals that 33 percent of eligible voters in the United States believe states have the right to ignore federal rulings, a figure that is up by more than one-third from just five months ago. Just over half of Americans – 52 percent – disagreed with this, but this view is down from the previous 58 percent. The remaining 15 percent are undecided. – Russia Today
The sole purpose for the Supreme Court was that this branch of government would function in determining and establishing affirmations or negations for laws in regards to their bearing on the Constitution. However, over time this body has prostituted their charge for political and activist motives, and has become a tool for the benefit of the Federal State, rather than as a protector for the people and the states that originally held primary power.
As Thomas Jefferson noted on many occasions, once a government becomes a tyranny unto itself over the very people it is supposed to serve, then the power to nullify or overthrow that government was both the right and obligation of the people. And as opinion grows amongst the population that the states should ignore or even nullify court rulings because these decisions are themselves un-Constitutional, the division between the states and what has become our Federal government will lead to even greater turmoil, just as it did during the nation’s Civil War era.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.