"[I]f the policy of the government upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861, Washington, D.C.
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 -- Allen, DC      
This so true! Today, even after this dire warning, the Supreme Court is more powerful and intrusive than ever. Will we ever learn that history repeats itself? It is even more important that we know how our government works and that all responsible citizens get actively involved in the election process. If Obama uses his billion dollar war chest and gets re-elected, the Supreme Court will be all his. There can be no doubt that the precedence has been set and his Court WILL bypass Congress and legislate from the bench. That's the scariest part of this whole election coming up.
 -- GunnyCee, Durham     
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    Good quote from the man who used a war to centralize power in Washinton. To all those souls who love the "great emancipator", he only freed the slaves in 4 states, the ones that wanted to secede.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident. Either We The People are individual sovereigns united with the government our representatives - being our servants (not lawfully being able to do anything that I / We can not do; with jury nullification authority and ability); or, the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is a god with ability to make laws that supersede the laws of nature and of nature's God. I, for one, am a sovereign heir to the King of the Universe ! I recognize no temporal rulers (servant representatives only). I have not to that extent, or any extent, practically or otherwise, resigned my government into the hands of that eminently demonic tribunal.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Since the great War of Independence (The Civil War) this government has become more intrusive and controlling until today we have less independence and less personal liberty than the day our forefathers took up arms to overthrow the monarchy rule of the foreign power of Great Britain
     -- Joe, Glen St. Mary, FL     
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    I can't remember a time when federal judges countermanded presidential executive orders as frequently as they have been doing with Pres. Trump. I do not think that the President has to obey such orders or wait for the Supreme Court to decide. It has become painfully obvious that the courts and system of law are being corrupted into a statist theocracy ruled by lawyers and judges belonging to an exclusive club with a monopoly on the power of the 'law.' The Supreme Court is so obviously partisan, that they do not deserve life-long appointments to secure their power forever.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Lincoln found himself at odds with many State Supreme Courts. No doubt, Lincoln did not care for Constitutionally Conservative judges on the bench. There is a New Sheriff in town, rolling back the regulatory state, lowering taxes, exposing corruption across the board of bureaus. Down sizing and cleaning house. The Trump Era is on the quick, unpredictable, as it should be. For those that love/work in/for the socialistic bleeding heart plundering of current centralized government, look for another job soon. MAGA happening nation wide. Waking Up to a good day of hard dirty work, how refreshing to have a President Trump, in touch with the Patriotic Backbone of the Nation. Knowing what we see and willing to correct the problems of corruption within the ranks of government. Local, state, and federal levels.
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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