Hillary Clinton Has Disqualified Herself

The best question was about the Supreme Court.  Hillary Clinton’s preposterous answers disqualify her for the office of President.

third-presidential-debateUnfortunately, we’ve come to a depressing moment in American history.  The political-media-academic establishment abhors the Constitution, shouting down anyone who wants it enforced and obeyed, calling us “extremist” or “nutcase” or “bigoted.”  This was the context for Moderator Chris Wallace’s first question.

WALLACE: The first topic is the Supreme Court….First of all, where do you want to see the court take the country?  And secondly, what’s your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted? Do the founders words mean what they say or is it a living document to e applied flexibly according to changing circumstances?

The first part was asked from, and affirms the point of view of the Progressive Left that somehow the Supreme Court could or should “take the country” to some new place.  But the second part of the question is critically important and asking it was an heroic act of defiance of the establishment. It identifies the core difference between what the establishment calls “the liberal wing” and “the conservative wing” of the Supreme Court. 

The Conservatives should be called Originalists because they do indeed believe that the founders words meant what they said, and the original plain meaning of the Constitution’s text should be applied by the Court to settle current disputes.  The liberals largely ignore the actual Constitution, substituting the opinions of modern elites and their own thoughts which they claim constitutes a “living” or “flexible” Constitution.

Here’s a portion of Hillary’s answer, including three rhetorical questions:

small-hillary-3You know, I think when we talk about the Supreme Court, it really raises the central issue in this election, namely, what kind of country are we going to be?  What kind of opportunities will we provide for our citizens?  What kind of rights will Americans have?

Hillary’s thoughts and rhetorical questions are incoherent and utterly divorced from the the Constitution that created the Supreme Court.

  1. The Constitution absolutely does not empower nine, non-elected judges to decide anything so expansive and ambiguous as “what kind of country are we going to be.”  The court’s job is to resolve disputes over the interpretation of the Constitution and/or federal law.
  2. In asking “what kind of opportunities will we provide for our citizens?” who does Hillary mean by “WE”?  Well, among the elites in her progressive bubble “we” is always government. But the Constitution not empower the Court or any branch of government, including to provide opportunities, or to decide which opportunities to allow.
  3. Her question, “What kind of rights will Americans have?” is comprehensively answered in the body of the Constitution and the first ten amendments.  The legitimate job, indeed the sworn duty, of judges is to support and defend that Constitution, not to determine now what rights citizens do or do not have.

Hillary Continued…small-hillary-2

And I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy.

Well, millions who own shares of corporations as individuals or through pension funds, mutual funds or 401K funds, and the employees of corporations, are also Americans, as are the wealthy. The Justice’s duty is not to take a fixed, predetermined “stand” against some Americans, but to judge and decide each case on its merits, in accordance with the law and the Constitution.  And by the way, the Justices all swore an oath of office that includes, “…I will administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich…”

More of Hillary’s answer…small-hillary-3

For me that means that we need a supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of Women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community…

The Justice’s duty is to protect the rights of every person, not just those of Hillary’s targeted voting blocks or one the Left’s favored “communities.”

Hillary ended up with…small-hillary-2

I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we…stand up and basically say, the Supreme Court should represent all of us.

But the Justices are not representatives!  Under the Constitution we have 435 representatives in the House and 100 in the Senate.  Rather than represent anyone, the Supreme Court Justices’ job is to apply the Constitution, and/or laws duly enacted by Congress to decide the cases before them.

Hillary ignored the second, and most important part of Wallace’s question, should the Constitution be interpreted as if the words mean what they say, or should the Justices beliefs override those words.  She ignored it because her answer, if she were honest, would have to be that in her opinion the words of the Constitution are of little or no consequence.

What about Trump’s answer?  The first two-thirds didn’t address either of Wallace’s questions except to stress his support for Justices who would retain the second Amendment’s individual right to keep and bear arms.  He did finally finish up with a direct answer, exactly the answer that one who wants to be President should have offered, to Wallace’s second question:

smal-trump[T]he Justices I am going to appoint will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.  And I believe that’s very, very important.  I don’t think we should have Justices appointed that decide what they want to hear. It’s all about the Constitution, and so important, the Constitution, the way it was meant to be.

Hillary’s media cheer leaders are often heard bellowing that Trump is unfit, that his ideas have utterly disqualified him from the Presidency.  But if they were educated in the Constitution they would be appalled at her apparent lack of understanding.  They would have to, if they had any integrity, declare her apparent ignorance of the legitimate, Constitutional role of the court to be disqualifying.

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