Chairman’s statement on the US Supreme Court’s Fidelity to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In three landmark rulings from its recently concluded term, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed its fidelity to major constitutional civil liberties contained within the U.S. Bill of Rights.
In Dobbs v. Jackson, the Supreme Court affirms the principle of states’ rights contained within the Tenth Amendment, returning debate over the issue of abortion to the states and the people. Just as it did with the issue of sports gambling in 2018, the Court acknowledges that abortion is not among the enumerated powers of the federal government contained in Article I of the Constitution. Forty-nine years after a most egregious act of judicial activism, the Court has finally returned this matter to the states and the people in accordance with basic principles of federalism. As President Ronald Reagan stated in his inaugural address, “the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.” This decision is also a major victory for life, the very first inalienable right in the Declaration of Independence.
In NYS Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Court restores Second Amendment rights, especially with respect to residents of New York, where onerous restrictions have made the right to carry nearly impossible. As the nation’s first capital, the City of New York was the birthplace of the Bill of Rights in 1789 when it was proposed by the first Congress. Ironically, New York now consistently ranks as the least-free state in the nation, frequently infringing upon the civil rights and liberties of its residents. The late Justice Antonin Scalia confirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees “an individual right to possess and carry weapons” deeply-rooted in our nation’s history and traditions and applicable to all fifty states, including the State of New York.
In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the Supreme Court continues its affirmation of the right to free exercise of religion, the very first freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the First Amendment. In his farewell address to the nation, President George Washington wisely remarked that “of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensible supports.”
These decisions affirming and restoring fundamental principles in our Bill of Rights would not have been possible but for the nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, each by President Donald J. Trump, whose actions continue to “Make America Great Again.” Along with Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Justice Samuel Alito, these six justices are each to be commended for their strict construction of the U.S. Constitution and for their fidelity to the Bill of Rights and its fundamental principles of state rights, personal liberty, and individual freedom.
The preceding statement is issued by David Mario Curcio, Chairman of the Conservative Party of Richmond County and a licensed attorney in good standing in the State of New York.
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