By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, July 13, 2017, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) was at Alabama Republican Party Headquarters to announce the release of his new book, “Abuse of Power: The Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision.”
The former Chief Justice said that, “In November 2016, when Donald Trump was elected, people signaled they wanted a change. Part of that was a change in immigration policy. I support that. One of the first things he did was issue an Executive Order for a travel ban. That ban was stopped by Judge (James Louis) Robart in Seattle. One Judge stopped the whole thing, thwarting the will of the President and the American people, exceeding his authority,” Judge Moore said.
Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, “Over the years the Supreme Court has steadily eroded the rule of law through opinions that have no basis in the Constitution. That practice culminated in a 2015 opinion redefining marriage that would have shocked and amazed our Founding Fathers. Many wrongly believe that every opinion of the Supreme Court automatically becomes the supreme law of the land. In reality, however, the Constitution itself, not the Supreme Court, is the supreme law of the land.”
Moore said that the controversial Obergefell versus Hodges decision legalizing ordering the states to recognize same-sex marriage was and is illegal. Moore also denounced the recent decision by the US Supreme Court ordering the state of Arkansas to allow lesbian women to put their name on birth certificates as the “father”. Moore said that a woman can not be a father. When the Supreme Court starts disputing science we have a problem. “Clearly such opinions would shock the founding fathers.”
In his book, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore explains in detail why lower court judges should reject the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision. As he states in the book’s Foreword: “When Justices of the Supreme Court willfully impose personal policy preferences upon the Constitution that have no basis whatsoever in its text, the oath that judges take to support the Constitution requires them to reject such arbitrary actions and instead maintain their loyalty to the Constitution itself.”
Moore said that in the military he was taught to follow orders; but you do not follow illegal orders. The courts similarly should not follow a Supreme Court ruling that does not follow the Constitution.
Moore is also calling for Congress to take action to rein in the Judiciary. Moore said, “We need leaders in the United States Senate who will hold our justices and our Federal judges to a high standard and force them to abide by the original intent of the Constitution.”
Former Chief Justice Moore said that Senators Shelby, Brownback, and Burr introduced legislation limiting the jurisdiction of the Court, and by law the lower Federal courts in 1995. That was introduced again in 2004 by Congressmen Robert Aderholt and Mike Pence in 2004. Moore supports passing that Legislation into law.
The Alabama Political Reporter asked: If the Senate passed that and the House passed it and sent it to the President and he signed it; what would keep the Supreme Court from simply declaring your law unconstitutional and refusing to accept your authority. Impeachment would be the Congress’s last option then?
Moore said that some Justices still accept the Constitution and the role of the Congress under the Constitution. For those that don’t impeachment might be necessary.
Moore: “It would only take the impeachment and removal of oe judge for judicial activists to wake up and think more clearly before legislating from the bench and taking us down the road to insanity.”
Moore promised, “As your next United States Senator, I will stand for the values of the people of Alabama, fight judicial overreach, and work to bring our country back to her roots. I have taken a stand before, and the voters know that I will do it again.”
Judge Moore is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat that was vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General. Most polls reportedly show that Moore is leading the race with Sen. Luther Strange and Congressman Mo Brooks virtually tied at second place.
Moore was twice elected as Chief Justice by the people of Alabama. The first time he was removed for failing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building. In 2016 Moore was suspended for the rest of his term for not ordering Alabama’s Probate Judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
There are ten Republicans and eight Democrats who are running for the Senate in the Special Major Party Primaries on August 15, 2017. If necessary, the Special Major Party runoffs will be held on September 28.
The Special General Election will be on December 12.