Unanimous Supreme Court decision evidence lawfare is real

Maine, Illinois and Colorado might want to send their legal “experts” back to law school, or their voters might want to seek a more balanced set of jurists and those who enforce the law after the absolute repudiation of their partisan attempts to remove a candidate from the presidential ballot.

The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided that states do not have the authority to make decisions based on the Fourteenth Amendment on whether or not a person is ineligible to run for office.

While this decision doesn’t address what is also taking place from the Department of Justice and other partisan prosecutors in New York and Atlanta, it validates the view that Donald Trump has become a target of manipulating the law to persecute a candidate.

While the SCOTUS decision was a complete repudiation of the far left attacks, it not only was 9-0, which included three liberal justices, but the language of the decision was devastating to the concept of using the law to attack political differences.

On page 7 of the decision, the SCOTUS writes, “This can hardly come as a surprise, given the substantive provisions of the Amendment ‘embody significant limitations on state authority.’”

When the SCOTUS tells a state’s supreme court it should not be surprised by being reversed, that is a scathing rebuke, especially when that decision is 9-0.

Basically, what they said was a first-year law student should understand the language of the 14th Amendment.

But these justices in these liberal states don’t care about the Constitution or the rule of law. These concepts are only good as long as they can be used to advocate for socialist policy.

The Colorado Supreme Court, on their own and without the benefit of a trial for the accused, attempted to influence the outcome of the 2024 election by prohibiting the voters from having access to the leading opposition candidate.

If they can do this to Trump, who else has been denied justice by this court?

This is not a small issue. The 9-0 SCOTUS decision proved these efforts by state-level courts and prosectors are political and outside the rule of law.

Simply by watching videos and the news coverage of the Jan. 6 riot, these rogue justices believed they had the divination to declare Trump was an insurrectionist as defined by the 14th Amendment. Further, they believed, without a trial or defense, they could unilaterally deny Trump access to the ballot.

As the office of the presidency is a federal office, as is the office of a United States senator and a United States representative, the SCOTUS determined that states do not have the authority to use the 14th Amendment as grounds to bar someone from the ballot. These federal offices are governed by the nation as a whole because their executive and legislative authority extends beyond the borders of any one state.

In other words, the first nine words of the Constitution supersede state jurisdiction, that being, “We the people of the United States of America …”

The vote of a federal official affects all U.S. citizens, and presidential action does as well.

This may seem rudimentary, and it should be, but in a 5-4 political decision, the Colorado Supreme Court defied all judiciary integrity with its attempt to deny the voters in its state a choice.

Very easily conservative states could have started to throw Joe Biden off the ballot because they believed him to be a foreign agent since he has received money from foreign influences. You may disagree with that assessment, and you should. To this point Biden has not been found guilty of any federal offense in a court of law. 

Neither has Trump.

But if a rogue liberal court could make that call, why not a rogue conservative court?

The most devastating piece to this drama is that whoever attempted such a move has done irreparable harm to all courts.

Not only do we have to be able to trust the outcomes of our elections, but we have to believe courts act in a way that protects the peoples’ rights.

Even for those who dislike Trump should expect that he be tried for any alleged wrongdoings and have the opportunity to defend against any claims.

In this case, the SCOTUS has removed all state courts from being able to remove Trump or any candidate from a ballot based on the 14th Amendment.

In addition, SCOTUS reaffirmed the language of the 14th Amendment that only Congress can address any disqualifications. If Congress has not disqualified, then the candidate remains eligible based on 14th Amendment claims.

Most states, even liberal states, threw these outlandish claims out. But not all of them, and this unanimous ruling reinforces the claims Trump has made about an out-of-control system being used to attack him.

These people believe they are ordained to protect democracy even by denying it. They are blind to the hypocrisy of their own actions. Even pastors who use the pulpit as a weapon claim to espouse unity while being an agent of division. If you believe your own lie, you can justify anything. That’s why it is important to have counsel.

Couple these outlandish court attempts with the Department of “Justice” throwing the book at Trump for having documents which he as president had the authority to declassify and then passing on any charges against Biden who had no authority to declassify. Look at the charges against Trump related to Jan. 6 when Trump repeatedly asked for those who protested the election to do so “peacefully.”

With all the charges it is likely that Trump will be found guilty of something in a Washington, D.C. court which is heavily partisan, but like these rogue states trying to remove Trump from the ballot it is undermining the legitimacy of the courts as a whole.

What happens when the people no longer trust in the courts?

What happens if Trump is elected despite these abuses?

He will have to clean up the mess which will require the removal of many in these biased agencies, and the socialist media will be crying “Dictator!” through it all.

But the people will see the need to restore faith in justice. The damage done by these cases seeking political punishment has rocked our foundation, hopefully the SCOTUS has started us back to sanity.

Editor | watt@kaninfo.com

Earl Watt is the owner and publisher of the Leader & Times in Liberal, Kansas. Watt started his career in journalism in 1991 at the Southwest Daily Times. During his career, the newspaper has won a total of 17 Sweepstakes awards from the Kansas Press Association for editorial content and 18 Sweepstakes awards for advertising. Watt has been recognized with more than 70 first place awards for writing in categories from sports and column to best front pages, best sports pages and best opinion pages. Watt is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the descendant of several patriots who fought for America's freedom and independence.