According to Sutherland (2005), the biggest threat to democratization of America is the supreme powers bestowed on the judiciary over the economic, political and social policies. The Americas judicial dictatorship has exposed the courts five decades of infiltration of legislative influence that has been made conceivable by the voters, Congress members, and the president. They have been made to relinquish this influence without contest. For years, the constitutional system of checks and balances between the three arms of government has been misconceived. This book highlights how the judges misuse their powers to dictate social policies, inflict taxes, and oversee prisons and schools, as well as direct elections. Without the constitutional mandate, the Americans appear to have swapped the rule of law to the rule of judges thus prohibiting the human recognition of God and sanctity of marriages, depression of national sovereignty, institutionalization of feminist dogma, and handicapping the process of law enforcement.
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Book Review- Summary
Judicial Tyranny: The New King of America is a 288 pages book published in 2005 by the Amerisearch company. This book is authored by Mark Sutherland, William J. Federer, Roy S Moore, James C. Dobson and Alan Keyes, Ben DuPre and others. These writers have had expansive careers in the legal profession where they have witnessed various forms of judicial tyranny as illustrated in their accounts in the book. The leading author, Mark Sutherland has had an extensive writing career for over three decades since his times in Scotland. The reason Sutherland has used an anthology of writers within the legal profession is to get the information from an insiders perspective and illustrate it in first-person perspective. This approach helps in increasing the level of credibility to the work and giving it an authoritative outlook.
This book is a combined and cooperative effort authored by the individuals who were constantly involved and mandated to provide common Americans with the simple facts about the government system. They aimed at providing information in regards to the systems of government the limits of which were violated to the detriment of everyone else and providing solutions to restore the liberty, freedoms and rights of the people. This book has featured the insights of 16 senior legal analysts highlighting major issues related to law and justice. These issues include international laws, problems with the judges, congressional solutions and the common misunderstandings of the rule of law as drafted for the people (Sutherland, 2005).
As Sutherland addresses the tyrannical behaviors of judges, he also focuses on the characters of the general public and how they influence the candidacy of available positions in the Supreme Court. The book has been written purposely to advise the public on the existing struggle within the outwitting judiciary. Sutherland takes this opportunity to express his view to the Americans about the Supreme Courts abuse of power and what people can do to stop it. He categorically expresses the way in which the corrupt judges sit on the bench of the Supreme Court, as well as its nominees (Roth, 2004). These problems also seem to be duplicated in various levels of government in several ways. As expressed in Branch (2006), some members of the Senate also seek to control and influence the judicial decisions by preventing constitutionally faithful judges from being nominated and strong-arming their nominees into committing decisions before they are nominated.
Despite the America being the greatest nation in the world, it has become more apparent that there is a need for people to take action in stopping the federal courts from setting themselves above the law and dictating how people should think and live. The writing style used by the author in this book is specifically designed to hasten the public action in joining the existing struggle against the over-reaching judiciary without overwhelming them with legal anecdotes. Through the use of plain language, Sutherland presents his argument through bite-sized pieces (Robert, 2007).
After reading this book, anyone can understand the role and duties of the government and how they should respond when a judge rejects the peoples will in favor of a well-choreographed social engineering project. The author urges the citizens regardless of their political position and understanding to rescue the nation and bring it back to the elites who have to redefine the path. He requests the people of good-will to follow the paths taken by the fighters for independence. By quoting Edmund Burke, who served in the British parliament during the American War for Independence, the triumph of evil takes place only when good men do nothing, the author wants to exemplify the situation during the war for Independence to modern governance (Branch, 2006).
The accounts of different authors who helped Sutherland in writing this book reveal the truth behind evils performed by bad people in authority. Each chapter of the book features different themes of corruption and dictatorship and some of Americas most prominent leaders in the struggle for liberty, rights and freedoms. Some of the topics feature the constitutional crisis, the rule of law, the Christian America, Judicial atheism, American oligarchy, judicial tyranny, international laws, impeachment and the powers of states (Roth, 2004). In addition, the author uses various historical records as an epilogue of the debate to provide an understanding of the current position.
Through the insights provided in the book, the readers can participate effectively in establishing independence in the judicial system. The freedom of extrinsic influence is indispensable to public trust to the integrity of professional judges who have a mandate to decide legal tussles based on the preexisting laws. With the current state, such freedom can be less appropriate for the legal minds that are expected to make new laws or be accountable to be responsible to their constituents. As Robert (2007) postulates, since the Supreme Court of the US has been forsaken its responsibilities in the last one century, there is a need to have judicial revolution by the masses to restore sanity in the government and the federal courts. The propensity to settle legal matters under super-legislature is a detriment to justice in the present and future. Citizens now perceive the judges as political tools who are primarily engaged in performing political roles that are understandably less tolerant to rule of law. Such popular dissatisfactions and unrests in the judiciary is a source of prudence in regards to the judicial roles.
The presentation in this book has been very systematic, easy to read and comprehend. The authors highlight the failures of the citizens to maintain the grip on active involvement in taking ownership and control in directing the nation and the government in rendering justice and supporting the rule of law. Each writer suggests the most appropriate actions to be adopted for everyone to be concerned in regards to solving the problem of misinterpretation of the constitution and disregard of its original objectives. In order to increase the legal awareness of individuals and judicial literacy, I highly recommend the book.