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Our Founders, The Constitition and the Battle for the Judiciary

Outline of Speech to the Colonial Men’s Republican Club
Williamsburg, Virginia
June 15, 2005
Becky Norton Dunlop  

Thanks

I appreciate the opportunity to come and visit with you about The Heritage Foundation and this very important topic that is so important in our country, particularly at this time in our history.

I. The Founders’ Vision regarding the Courts
• Separation of Powers
• Equal branches…weakest branch
• “advise and consent” by Senate of Judiciary

II. The Constitution
• Textualism based on original intent vrs.
• Evolving moldable document – subject to interpretation based on situation
• The Heritage Guide to the Constitution
• Debate related to Court appointments…Supreme Court and Circuit Courts
• Judicial Activism vrs judicial restraint

III. Current Status of the Supreme Court
• Current Members
1. John Roberts – 2005 – present
2. John Paul Stevens – 1975 – present
3. Samuel Alito – 2005 – present
4. Antonin Scalia – 1986 – present
5. Anthony Kennedy – 1988 – present
6. David Souter – 1990 – present
7. Clarence Thomas – 1991 – present
8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg – 1993 – present
9. Stephen Beyer – 1994 – present
• Circuit Courts of Appeals
• Federal District Courts

IV. Prospects after the 2006 Election
• Current situation in the US Senate
• Constitutional option
• Possible scenarios…examples of key Senate races where judicial appointments could be a key issue.
• Tennessee
• Pennsylvania
• Florida
• Montana
• Virginia

V. Federalism and Other Issues
• Federalization versus federalism
• Private Property protections
• Use of international law as source
• Role of religion in our public squares…Pledge of allegiance, The Ten Commandments, prayer at graduations
• Unelected Judges Imposing Views

VI. Summary
• Citizens must understand the meaning of the Constitution
• We must assure that our young people have the tools if educational institutions are not providing them
• Heritage is working to make this a reality, help us
• Senators play vital roles…
• Have a copy of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution on your bookshelf and give one to every student you know.


A new vision and ver true.
Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer
Are not allowed in most public schools anymore
Because the “God” is mentioned…
A kid in Arizona wrote this NEW School prayer.

Now I sit me down in school
Were praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

In the Committee on the Judiciary

Terry Boyle…currently a District Judge, nominated to the Circuit Court three years ago.

Jun 12, 06 PN1668 The Judiciary
Lisa Godbey Wood, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.

Jun 07, 06 PN1658 The Judiciary
Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Jun 06, 06 PN1654 The Judiciary
Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Jun 06, 06 PN1653 The Judiciary
Marcia Morales Howard, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

May 18, 06 PN1594 The Judiciary
Kimberly Ann Moore, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge of the Federal Circuit.

May 18, 06 PN1593 The Judiciary
Bobby E. Shepherd, of Arkansas, to the United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

May 16, 06 PN1586 The Judiciary
Francisco Augusto Bessosa, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

May 10, 06 PN1565 The Judiciary
Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

May 04, 06 PN1537 The Judiciary
Valerie L. Baker, of California, to be United Stated District Judge for the Central District of California.

May 04, 06 PN1536 The Judiciary
Jerome A. Holmes, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Apr 25, 06 PN1479 The Judiciary
Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood, of Guam, to be Judge for the District Court of Guam for the term of ten years.

Apr 24, 06 PN1454 The Judiciary
Gustavo Antonio Gelpi, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

Apr 24, 06 PN1453 The Judiciary
Philip S. Gutierrez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

Apr 24, 06 PN1452 The Judiciary
Daniel Porter Jordan III, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Feb 14, 06 PN1328 The Judiciary
Frank D. Whitney, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.

Feb 08, 06 PN1297 The Judiciary
Michael Brunson Wallace, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

Jan 25, 06 PN1181 The Judiciary
Vanessa Lynne Bryant, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.

Feb 14, 05 PN193 The Judiciary
William James Haynes II, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.