Slade O'Brien in USA Today: If courts overstep, citizens must act
Americans for Prosperity agrees that it is critical that the judicial branch of government be independent, neutral and unbiased. The courts play a crucial role in maintaining the system of checks and balances our Founding Fathers so brilliantly created.But what happens when the courts lose their neutrality and overstep their role?
If you ask the Founding Fathers, the federal judiciary was to serve as a check on the legislative and executive branches. Under the Florida Constitution, the Florida courts are designed to serve a similar role.
Sadly, though, numerous examples have shown the Florida Supreme Court rewriting law to fit its own desired outcome.
The court has ruled against personal property rights and the separation of powers; taken away parental control over children’s education; and, most outrageous of all, even blocked citizens’ rights to vote on proposed amendments.
In a perfect world, our judges would be impartial, fair and not swayed by their own biases. Yet the Florida Supreme Court rewrote statutes to fit personal ideology.
When our justices fail to meet their obligations, should Floridians simply look away, do nothing and pretend it’s not happening?