The fact that America’s national security is being sacrificed by radical federal courts should spur Congress to act, says a conservative member of Congress.
Appearing Sunday on Fox News, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, remarked on how political correctness helps foment terror attacks like Saturday night’s tragedy in London — and how similar thinking in the United States judicial branch ought to be dealt with in light of the Constitution.
“There’s been a lot of P.C. here that has caused us problems,” Gohmert said, discussing such things as the Obama-era sterilization of FBI training documents and other issues. “And another problem – is a P.C. bunch of courts in the U.S. who have abandoned being United States courts and have taken on being world courts.”
“Their jurisdiction does not allow them to give Constitutional rights to people outside the United States. It does not give plaintiff standing,” he continued, “so, we’ve got some judges I think ought to be impeached and thrown out.”
With the tremendous amount of speculation surrounding how the second incarnation of the president’s partial travel moratorium will fare at the highest court in the land, Gohmert – a member of both the Judiciary Committee and House Freedom Caucus – said Congress should clearly exercise its constitutional powers over the judicial branch.
“At a minimum, we in Congress have got to make clear – we created those courts – every one except the Supreme Court – and we can take this travel ban issue right out from under their jurisdiction,” Gohmert explained. “They have no business ruling on that.”
Article III of the United States Constitution stipulates that Congress creates every federal court except the Supreme Court and controls their jurisdiction on almost all issues except the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction, which is outlined in Section 2.
This means that Congress has the ability not only to impeach judges who rule contrary to the tenor of the document, but also to restrict federal courts from considering or ruling on specific areas of legislation or executive action – as is the basis of Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz’s 2016 book, “Stolen Sovereignty.”
“It is quite shocking how many people involved in politics, including elected conservative politicians, have no clue about the history of the judiciary,” Horowitz wrote in February of this year.
“Once Republican members of the legislative branch of government finally recognize the awesome nature of their power relative to that of the judiciary,” he continued, “they can finally appreciate that, as Madison said, “in republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates.”