The U.S. Constitution is the blue print for how our government is supposed to be run. It was written by people who had just fought a revolution to get out from under the thumb of a government that they found onerous. Basically, without the constitution to limit it's powers, the federal government can do anything , to anybody.
The Constitution makes it plain that the founders intended the states to run most of the affairs of government, and the federal government was only intended to handle issues like national defense, those that required joint coordination between the states.
But over the years, judges have "interpreted" the Constitution to suit themselves or the regime that appointed them. The result has been a vast burgeoning of the power of Washington, something that the founders intentionally wrote the Constitution to prevent.
The SCOTUS can literally change the protections of the Constitution by "interpreting" what the founding fathers meant when they wrote the document. Look at the furor over what the original writers meant by "militia", and how that was the lever the Leftists hoped to used to destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution. You can see what would have happened if we had a court packed with Hillary's lackeys.
It looks like we may be faced with exactly that situation after the November elections. With the court in their hands, Hillary and company can simply destroy the Constitution, exactly as Obama has been trying to do for eight years. For instance, they can pass legislation that will essentially say that if you go on the No Fly list, you lose your Second Amendment rights, just as if you were a convicted felon.
If you look at the last twenty years or so, the federal courts have become a rubber stamp for Federal power grabbing. They are the favorite tool of the Bureau of Land Management, which speaks volumes if you know BLM. The 9th Circuit Court is famous for leaning so far to the left that any case heard by them is automatically decided in favor of the Left and the Feds.
The Constitution is supposed to protect our rights, which are "inalienable" , but the courts, top to bottom, are eroding that protection as fast as they can.
Here's an example of how the courts can take away your rights guaranteed to you by the Constitution.
The Democrats want legislation passed that will say "if you are on the no fly list, you can't own a firearm."
Sounds reasonable, until you realize the No Fly List has hundreds of people on it for no reason at all. Ted Kennedy was on the no fly list, and even with his power it took weeks to get him off. The normal mortal who gets on there through a mistake, takes three years or so to get the situation rectified.
It's easy to get on that list. Some faceless bureaucrat can do it at a whim. So, with this new legislation the Dems are pushing, they can strip an American citizen of one of their rights, clearly defined under the Bill of Rights, with a few computer key board clicks and no oversight.
There are people who read this blog who are on, or were on, the No Fly list. We had this discussion a year or so ago, but with this new plan of the Dems, it becomes more critical.
I don't want to end up like Farley Mowatt, the famous Canadian writer who was placed on the list and still can't come into the U.S. as far as I know. The man is a naturalist, a veteran of the fighting in Italy in WW2, where he was an infantry officer. But he got on the list, nobody knows why, and as far as I know there he remains.
I don't like the idea of some bureaucrat taking away a person's rights without a trial, without charges, without any proof of evil intent. If a person is found to be dangerous, then the government needs to deal with that person on the basis of current law.
However, the Republicans have indicated they will support such a law. So what may happen is this:
They pass a law saying a person on the No Fly list can't own firearms.
It is then challenged in court. All the way up to the Supreme Court. But by the time it gets to SCOTUS, Hillary will have been elected. She will have appointed at least one and possibly two new judges , hand picked by her for their political reliability. The Court will become a rubber stamp for Hillary Clinton. Relying on the Republicans to block the nominations of radical judges depends on their retaining the power to do so, and having the will to do so. I have seen no sign of any strength of will in the House or Senate on the part of the Republicans in many years.
And that will let this law stand. An article in the Washington Post recently advocated using this process as a "secret" method of gun control. I can't see what will stop them. The Republicans are a broken reed, and Trump doesn't stand much chance. His big mouth and his impulsiveness are enough to ruin his chances, even without backstabbing from his own party.