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Istook996 Should Unelected Officials Be Trusted to Make Decisions?

Recorded on April 3, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Should unelected officials ever make important public decisions?

It depends on what standards they follow.

Our Constitution creates elections for Congress and the President. But before a 1913 amendment, U.S. Senators were chosen by state legislators, not by voters. Federal judges have always been appointed, not elected. And the Constitution governs when and how the President makes appointments.

The real issue is whether or not judges follow the Constitution. Overturning an unconstitutional law is not judicial activism. But trying to create the law through court orders IS judicial activism. The difference is clear and simple.

Bureaucrats are likewise unelected and they without a doubt possess too much power. But when they go astray, it's usually because either the Congress or the President delegated too much authority to bureaucrats. So it's the elected officials who deserve the blame.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.