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Endorsement: Retain Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero, Supreme Court and appeals justices

Retain Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero

Citizen Action for Tenth Amendment

“This is not just a question of whether or not to support [President Obama’s] nominee to replace Justice Stevens. This is a question of how we go forward with our judicial system.”

-Sue Rezin, national coordinator of Citizen Action for Tenth Amendment [1]

When asked how he would vote if confirmed to the Supreme Court, the President’s nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens would answer a new question: “Do we want a conservative supreme court that stays true to the Constitution and the principles that underwrite it or do we want a court that thinks it’s the Constitution’s duty to overturn a law if it doesn’t agree with the way that the Supreme Court does things?”

If confirmed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor would end up confirming a new doctrine that tramples on the Constitution and erases our system of checks and balances. Her confirmation would create one branch of the Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court, where the Court’s decisions would be law, and the other branches – the lower courts – would be ignored. By allowing the same judicial decisions to be binding on the two branches of government, the Supreme Court would abdicate its constitutional duty to rule on the constitutionality of our laws and declare laws unconstitutional, instead of creating a system of checks and balances to uphold the Constitution.

It is time to end the era of Supreme Court overreach and declare that the separation of powers is still our nation’s greatest strength and the checks and balances of our government are still working.

In the name of checks and balances, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on such questions as:

The Constitution bans the sale of guns to people under 19 years of age;

It bans gay marriage;

It denies health care to illegal aliens and to legal immigrants;

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