Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Mr. Speaker, ``I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of which I am about to enter, so help me God.''

Mr. Speaker, this is the judicial oath that justices of the United States Supreme Court take to uphold America's Constitution, the sacred manuscript our Nation was established upon, the foundation of who we are.

Yet, Mr. Speaker, some of the same justices who preside over the highest court in our land are systematically unraveling the threads of the very Constitution they vowed to protect. In what amounts to a most disturbing development, the United States Supreme Court continues to flirt with the temptations of foreign court decisions and the lure of opinions of international organizations. They do this in the interpretation of our American Constitution.

Mr. Speaker, this trend is terribly troubling. Has the Supreme Court lost its way?

As a former Texas judge for over 22 years, having heard 25,000 criminal cases, I took the same oath as our Supreme Court justices, to uphold the United States Constitution. Never once did I make a decision based upon the way they do things in other countries. My oath was to our Constitution, not to the Constitution of the member countries of the European Union, such as France. America should not confer with the decisions of any of the hundreds of foreign powers on our planet. As Anthony Scalia, our justice on the Supreme Court has said, ``those decisions are irrelevant in the United States.''

In 1776, amidst a revolution, our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence which stated brazenly and boldly the 13 colonies desire to dissolve political bonds with England. In this document, Mr. Speaker, Thomas Jefferson penned among the list of grievances against King George the following statement: He said of King George, ``He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws.''

Mr. Speaker, 10,000 to 14,000 patriots over the course of 8 years in the American War of Independence spilled their blood or died to secure liberty for us and safeguard our constitutional rights.

The purpose was to sever ties with England forever. Then, in 1812, the British invaded the United States again. The British still wanted America to be subject to the King and their ways. They burned this very city, including our Capitol. President Madison and his wife, Dolly, fled Washington, D.C. in the damp darkness of the dreadful night to escape the invaders. The British were determined to retake this free Nation of America and this very soil on which I stand today. Americans defeated the British a second time to make them understand that we will not do things the English way.

Now, justices in this land of America, across the street from this very Capitol, use British court decisions and European thought in interpreting our Constitution. What the British could not accomplish by force, our Supreme Court has surrendered to them voluntarily. Has the Supreme Court handed over our sovereign Constitution to other nations? Mr. Speaker, has the Supreme Court lost its way?

The Constitution is the basis for who we are, what we believe, and what our values are. My colleagues will notice, Mr. Speaker, the oath our judges take is to the Constitution; not to the government, not to the President. It is to the Constitution. That is because the Constitution is the supreme authority of the land. It is our identity. It is our path to justice for all Americans.

The Framers of the Constitution made clear their vision for the Federal judiciary. Named in Article III behind both of the other branches of government, the Founders intended a court system with a narrow scope and restricted authority. As Alex