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The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It Hardcover – July, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company; English Language edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A detailed diagnosis and cure . . . puts the issue of judicial supremacy on our front burner where it should be. -- David Limbaugh, attorney and author

A vital book . . . must-reading for citizens concerned about preserving our constitutional republic and our freedom. -- Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General

Small in size but huge in importance, "The Supremacists" is must-reading. -- Thomas Sowell, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

About the Author

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, the head of Eagle Forum, is one of the most effective grass-roots political leaders in American history. After setting the stage for the conservative ascendancy in the Republican party with her landmark book A Choice Not an Echo, she stunned the political establishment by stopping the Equal Rights Amendment in its tracks. A lawyer and mother of six, Phyllis Schlafly writes a nationally syndicated column, and her daily radio commentary is broadcast on stations across the country. Her most recent book was Feminist Fantasies (Spence, 2003).

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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent summary and analysis of our current constitutional predicament. Even if Mrs. Schlafly's legal and historical arguments are incorrect--and I don't believe they are--it is at least a problem that the behavior of the courts in recent decades has become such a source of division. We need a way out of this mess, and we won't find it by being complacent.
The previous review speaks for itself. For every person on the Right who is annoyed by challenges to his unexamined opinions, there is at least one such person on the Left.
Is it really so obvious, for instance, that there is no problem with the Supreme Court seeking "precedents" for its opinions in the legislation and case law of foreign countries? Is it irrational to wonder whether one judge should be permitted to nullify laws passed by a majority of citizens--based on his divination of the "motives" behind the law? Are we so sure that this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind--or that our judgment is better than theirs?
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Griswel VINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
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Phyllis Schlafly masterfully presents the core problem in American government today: there are no checks and balances when it comes to judicial power.

As an attorney I know from experience that there is one rule that trumps all other rules: judges do as they please. We have a Nevada supreme court which ruled that an amendment to the Nevada constitution was, effectively, unconstitutional and therefore refused to enforce it.

There is no doubt that judges see their branch of government as superior in authority to the legislative and executive - combined. They do not recognize the other two branches of government as legitimate checks and balances to their own power.

The Supremacists is a compelling review of the problem we face today, Phyllis Schlafly sets forth some useful ideas to reverse our slide into judicial tyranny. Her only fault is that she does not go far enough.
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66 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Roger Schlafly on July 12, 2004
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Great book. This is the only book that correctly identifies judicial supremacy as the core of the problem with the courts, and gives practical suggestions on what to do about it. For example, we don't need a constitutional amendment to stop same-sex marriage, because Congress can just withdraw court jurisdiction to DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act). This book clearly proves that the courts do not need to be making law in the way that they do. It all started in the Warren Court about 50 years, and the bad, activist, anti-democratic decisions have been the result of erroneous thinking about the constitutional role of the courts.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on November 4, 2004
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Well, this is the best time to review this book as it's now clear that, at least for the next four years, we will have fewer "supremacists", or judicial lawmakers, writing our laws rather than interpreting them. Only through the courts has the left been able to succeed in pushing through its cultural agenda. Schlafly reviews a suprising number of cases in this book to illustrate the way in which judges have been become more powerful forgers of government than the legistlators that we actually elect. Her case is strong and the book is very readable; however, I would recommend waiting until the paperback comes out as the book is far too short to be worth full price. It was a helpful primer though for those of us with only fading memories of Marbury v. Madison and ex parte McCardle.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on April 25, 2005
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One can hardly think of a better author to take on the judicial activists. Phyllis Schlafly has been a dogged defender of freedom, and the matriarch of pro-family activism for four decades now. Both as a mother and a lawyer, she is well qualified to speak on how the tyranny of the courts is stamping out our freedoms and laying siege to our families.

Her thesis is simple. For the past fifty years liberal judges have moved beyond the strict interpretation of law to the creation of law. They have become legislators, and have sought to impose their leftist bias on the rest of the community. The rule of law has thus been replaced by the rule of judges: judges who are unelected and unaccountable, foisting their vision of the good society on a hapless citizenry.

Instead of viewing the US Constitution as a document that meant certain things by its authors, the activists speak of a "living and evolving Constitution" that can be taken to mean different things at different times. The original intent of the framers of the Constitution is jettisoned and trendy interpretations are read into the documents. The judges in fact are writing their own biased opinions into the law.

But the American system of government was meant to include a clear separation of powers. In addition to the judiciary, there was the legislative and the executive wings of government. Not only was the judiciary not meant to be in the business of creating laws, but it was also designed to be the least powerful of the three branches of government. Schlafly shows that in many ways it now has become the most powerful.
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