- - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

President Trump is right to call out the liberal hypocrisy on the federal bench, particularly on the U.S. Supreme Court (“Trump suggests Justices Sotomayor, Ginsburg should recuse themselves in all of his cases,” Web, Feb. 25). Since Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for president back in 2015, liberal judges and justices have not been shy about publicly expressing their opinions of him — and they have actively worked to undermine him through rulings that apply nationwide to a range of issues he was elected to fix.

The federal courts have not shown any willingness to give the president the deference due his office, nor have they shown willingness to allow him to use executive orders to govern, as they have allowed past presidents to do. The federal judiciary is ripe with political activism undermining the rule of law as well as the security of the American people, especially with regard to illegal immigration. It’s long past time for the American people to revisit the lifelong tenure of the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court. Judges and justices must be held to account for the judicial activism in which they all swore during confirmation hearings not to engage.

There is a demonstrable need for a constitutional amendment to limit the federal judiciary to a 10-year tenure with a required renomination by the sitting president and confirmation hearings in the Senate. The U.S. Constitution should also be amended to include an automatic recusal of any judge or justice who either rules in a biased fashion (as determined by the appellate court or Supreme Court) or expresses political activism publicly or in rulings. Impartial should mean impartial and not be a cover for morally corrupt politicians and federal judges.

Lastly, the rulings of federal district judges should be applicable only in the jurisdiction of the federal district judges and not nationwide, except in cases of the rulings of the Supreme Court.


Virginia Beach, Va.

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