Our Founders, the Constitution and the Battle for the Judiciary
June 15, 2006
Becky Norton Dunlop
Thanks to Jim Hinish
Appreciate the opportunity to discuss a very relevant topic and to share with you this new book on the Constitution produced by the Heritage Foundation.
I. Background on the Founders and the Courts
II. The Constitution
IV. Textualism based on original intent
V. Evolving moldable document - subject to interpetation based on situation
VI. Current Status of the Courts
VII. A new version and very true.
Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned.... a kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer.
Now I sit me down in school
Where 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 as of June 15, 2006
Terrence Boyle, Sitting District Judge, nominated to 4th Circuit in 2005
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 for the Federal Circuit.
May 18, 06 PN1593 The Judiciary
Bobby E. Shepherd, of Arkansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
May 16, 06 PN1586 The Judiciary
Francisco Augusto Besosa, 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 States 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.
VIII. Discussion of Current Members
10. John Roberts - 2005 - present
11. John Paul Stevens - 1975 - present
12. Samuel Alito - 2005 - present
13. Antonin Scalia - 1986 - present
14. Anthony Kennedy - 1988 - present
15. David Souter - 1990 - present
16. Clarence Thomas - 1991 - present
17. Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 1993 - present
18. Stephen Breyer - 1994 - present
XIX. Role, Nominees and status of Circuit Courts of Appeals
XX. Federal District Courts
XXI. The Role of Public Interest Legal Institutes and Think Tanks
XXIII. The Heritage Foundation
XXIV. The Federalist Society (and the ABA)
XXV. Public Interest Legal Foundation
XXVI. Legal Defense Funds
XXVII. Prospects For Change after the 2006 Election
XXVIII. Federalism and Other Critical Issues in Judicial Debates
XXX. Federalization versus federalism
XXXI. Rights of Criminals vs. Rights of Victims
XXXII. Private Property Protections
XXXIII. Unelected Judges Imposing Views