To Presidential Candidates On Supreme Court Justices: No More Surprises

The next President is likely to appoint as many as three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, establishing a new majority and shaping the judicial branch for a generation. Those justices will serve for many years after the next President leaves office, and their votes will impact every facet of American life.

Will the next President select justices who abide by the text and original meaning of the Constitution, even when doing so is politically unpopular or inconvenient? Or will our system of checks and balances be further damaged by the selection of justices who take for themselves the power to rewrite the Constitution according to their own political preferences? Sadly, despite three Republican presidencies and seven appointments to the Court in the last thirty-five years, we still have a Court that too frequently does the latter.

The undersigned conservative leaders are determined to reverse that trend. To that end, candidates who seek the presidency must, at minimum:

  • Commit to nominating justices with a proven, judicial record of upholding the Constitution. No matter their credentials, avoid nominees with thin paper trails who have failed to publicly demonstrate their unwavering commitment to limited, constitutional government.
  • Commit to spending the energy and political capital necessary to win a confirmation battle. Liberal activists would do anything to block the appointment of justices in the mold of Scalia, Thomas, or Alito.The next president must demand an up-or-down vote for such justices, and support efforts to eliminate the judicial filibuster.
  • Commit to ending the liberal American Bar Association’s preferential role in screening judicial nominees.
  • Commit to reminding the justices they appoint that they take an oath to faithfully support and defend the Constitution, and that their oath continues throughout the time they hold office.



Hon. Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan


Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell

Policy Board Member

American Civil Rights Union


Hon. Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio


William L. Walton

Vice President

Council for National Policy


Hon. David McIntosh

Former Member of Congress


Kelly Shackelford, Esq.

President, CEO and Chief Counsel

Liberty Institute


Ellen L. Barrosse

Chairman, Conservative Steering Committee of Republican National Committee


Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage


Frank Schubert


Mission Public Affairs, LLC


Floyd Brown


Western Center for Journalism


Bob Adams


Revive America PAC


Linwood Bragan

Executive Director

CapStand Council for Policy and Ethics


Rick Scarborough


Vision America Action


Michael Farris, JD, LLM


Ted Baehr

Publisher, MOVIEGUIDE(R)
Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association


Seton Motley 


Less Government


Ali Akbar

Senior Advisor

Black Conservatives Fund


Dan Weber

CEO, Association of Mature

American Citizens (AMAC)


Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization


Sherri R. Martin

The Martin Foundation


Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future


Hon. Sharron Angle


National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Dr. Shawn A. Mitchell

National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Hon. Jerry Melvin


Florida Republican Assembly


Jim Backlin

Christian Coalition of America


Ron Robinson


Young America’s Foundation


Kristin Fecteau


Campaign to Free America


Gary L. Bauer


American Values


Carrie Severino

Chief Counsel and Policy Director

Judicial Crisis Network


Gary Marx

Former Executive Director and Board Member

Judicial Crisis Network


Phillip L. Jauregui


Judicial Action Group


Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.

Vice President & Legal Director

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation


Richard A. Viguerie



Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund


Curt Levey


The Committee for Justice

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Chairman, Conservative Action Project (CAP)

Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan


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Marjorie Dannenfelser


Susan B. Anthony List


Alfred S. Regnery


Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund


The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Former Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan


Michael Grebe

President and CEO

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation


Jay Mount


MDS Communications


Lee A. Beaman


Beaman Automotive Group


James C. Miller III

Former OMB Director

President Ronald Reagan


John C. Eastman

Senior Fellow

The Claremont Institute


Col. Clifton P. Schroeder, USMC Retired

Member, Council For National Policy


Ralph Benko


Center for Civic Virtue


Quin Hillyer

Veteran Conservative Columnist


Willes K. Lee

Executive Vice President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Christopher N. Malagisi


Young Conservatives Coalition


Richard D. Hayes


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Kevin Kookogey

President & Founder

Linchpins of Liberty


Joseph A. Morris

Morris & De La Rosa


Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness


Judson Phillips


Tea Party Nation


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Mike Spence


Conservative Republicans of California


Alex St. James

Executive Director

Blacks Economic-Security Trust (BEST) Foundation


Andresen Blom
Executive Director

Grassroot Hawaii Action


Larry Cirignano

DC Representative

Children First Foundation


Matt Schlapp


The American Conservative Union


Dan Schneider

Executive Director

The American Conservative Union


Tom McClusky

Vice President

March for Life Action


Hon. Donald J. Devine

Former Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Senior Scholar, The Fund for American Studies


Mario H. Lopez 


Hispanic Leadership Fund


Herman Cain

President & C.E.O.


Gina Gleason

Executive Director

Faith and Public Policy


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Here Are The Top 3 Things You Won’t Hear Donald Trump And Most Of The Other GOP Presidential Candidates Say…

1. “We need to end the Abortion Holocaust; and as president, I will enforce the 5th and 14th amendments if individual states fail to do so. We can’t ‘make America great again’ as long as we allow the most innocent among us to be murdered in cold blood with the full consent and funding of our government. The God-given right to life is the most fundamental right human beings possess; and as president, I will do everything in my power to restore the Rule of Law and the Right to Life for ALL innocent human persons.”

2. “The Supreme Court isn’t the Supreme Being, and court opinions aren’t law. And as president, I will not enforce any immoral, illegal and unconstitutional court opinion such as Roe, Windsor, and Obergefell. Judicial Supremacy, the belief that Rule of Judges=Rule of Law and that the president, Congress, and every individual state must always obey every Supreme Court opinion the very moment one is issued, is a toxic liberal lie that we must expose and extinguish; and as president, I will take the lead in doing so!”

3. “God defined, ordained, and instituted marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman; and the natural human family is the foundation for all healthy, virtuous and prosperous societies. America can’t be great unless she is good. And that begins with the preservation of the family. As president, I will call for Congress to pass a Constitutional marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in accordance with God’s definition–and will call for all state governors to cease from (illegally) authorizing the issuance of marriage licences to same-sex couples, since Obergefell isn’t law and since any law (or court opinion) contrary to God’s Law is no law at all (legally null and void).”

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A Solution For The Same-Sex Marriage Problem

Right now, the liberty movement is divided almost in half between those favoring the SCOTUS ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and those opposed (count me in the opposed camp). So, right now, the liberty movement is completely stymied over this issue. The only ones who win in such a case are big-government Orwellians.

To be sure, the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex “marriage” was the result of decades of relentless propaganda from the national news media, liberal politicians, and college professors throughout America.

Think about it: what do Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor know that John Locke, Thomas More, Emer de Vattel, Algernon Sidney, William Rawle, Hugo Grotius, William Blackstone, William Penn, James Wilson, John Marshall, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Jay, Daniel Webster, Francis Scott Key, Hugo Black, Rutherford B. Hayes, and William O. Douglas didn’t know?

In other words, just as in the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion-on-demand, the Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” was judicial activism pure and simple. There were no precedents for either decision. Think of the brilliant minds in law, philosophy, and religion over two thousand years of Western Civilization that somehow missed the “right” of homosexuals to “marry.”

What I’m saying is, I realize that militant homosexuals, ultra-leftists, and judicial activists have been waging war on America’s historic Christian values for decades–and they won a huge victory with the Obergefell decision. I also understand that these people will never be satisfied until they have totally and thoroughly expunged these values from America’s public life. There is no question they will resort to any tactic–no matter how morally unjust or constitutionally corrupt–to achieve their radical, amoral agenda. Kim Davis will not be the last Christian to be persecuted for her faith in this country.

That said, the Obergefell decision has successfully divided the liberty movement almost in half, between those who agree with the decision (on whatever grounds) and those who disagree. But, instead of arguing over the SCOTUS decision, here is what ALL OF US in the liberty movement should be doing: we should be using whatever influence we have to promote the idea of taking marriage OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE STATE ALTOGETHER.

Most of us realize that marriage is sacred, that it’s much more than just a civil contract. (Only the state itself reinvented marriage as being merely a civil contract.) One doesn’t have to be a Christian to acknowledge this distinction. Throughout the history of Western Civilization, the state seldom had authority over marriage. Think of it: for over 1,800 years of Western Civilization, the state had little–if anything–to do with marriage. (In America, only the colony of Massachusetts is recorded as requiring State marriage licenses before the mid-nineteenth century.)

So, why do we even look to the state for a license to marry? The fact is, WE SHOULDN’T. All of the bickering over Obergefell only serves to ensconce the notion that the state has legitimate authority over marriage. IT DOESN’T.

In Pilgrim America and in Colonial America–and until only recently in modern America–Common Law (Natural Law) marriage was universally recognized as being not only lawful, but sacrosanct. The idea of asking the state for permission to marry was as absurd as asking the state for permission to take communion or to be baptized.

For example, the State of Pennsylvania didn’t outlaw Common Law marriage until 2005. And the only reason the vast majority of states do not recognize Common Law marriage today is because the Church has completely surrendered the Scriptural teaching on the subject and has willingly (even happily) turned what is uniquely a divine institution over to the state.

In other words, ladies and gentlemen, the only one to blame for the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage is THE CHURCH. The ultra-leftists and militant homosexuals would have had NO CHANCE of achieving victory at the Supreme Court had the churches of America been doing their job over the last half-century or more to educate people on the historic Natural Law principles governing marriage and the state. (Virtually ALL of the major problems we are dealing with today are the result of the absence of sound instruction from the pulpits of America.)

But since the Church’s surrender of the sanctity of marriage, here is the current reality: 40 states do not legally recognize Common Law marriage. That means, those 40 states see only the state as having authority over marriage. But the state has NO AUTHORITY over marriage and cannot legally sanction ANY marriage. I remind you that Jesus said, “What therefore God hath joined together . . . .” Only GOD can join couples in marriage.

The best that I can determine, these are the 10 states that still recognize Common Law marriage: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Iowa, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma. And Utah only seems to recognize Common Law marriage after the fact. In addition, Oklahoma is currently in the process of banning all State marriage licenses. This is exactly what all 50 states should do. (New Hampshire recognizes Common Law marriage for inheritance purposes only, so it should not be included as a Common Law State.)

So, including Utah, the people in ten states are free to marry WITHOUT a State license. And that’s exactly what every freedomist in those states should start promoting–and promoting LOUDLY. And freedomists in the other 40 states should start demanding that their State legislatures once again recognize Common Law marriage. Maybe people in those states should even consider civil disobedience and marry outside the licensing authority of the State. After all, if God has joined a man and woman together, what difference does it make if the State–or anyone else–recognizes it or not? If enough pastors and churches would do this, it wouldn’t take long for State legislatures to enact appropriate legislation.

Let the state recognize or not recognize to its heart’s content; let it embrace all of the perversion it wants. You can bet polygamy will be legalized next. And then what? Pedophilia? Bestiality? At some point, the sacred institutions of marriage and the Church will be forced to separate themselves from a suicidal society just as they did when the Roman Empire was collapsing. In Rome–as in oppressed nations today–Christians and churches mostly took their worship and sacred ceremonies underground. And, if history teaches anything, it teaches us that no civilization has long survived after socially embracing aberrant sexual behaviors. And America won’t either.

Let’s face it: the federal government in D.C. is leading America over an economic, political, moral, and cultural cliff. So, why do we keep looking to D.C. to fix the problem? THEY WON’T DO IT. As Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government IS the problem.”

And the two institutions we should IMMEDIATELY extract from government–the two institutions that should have NEVER been allowed to be placed under the authority of government to begin with–are the institutions of marriage and the Church.

How in the name of common sense can pastors and churches take a Scriptural stand on the sanctity of marriage when they have allowed the Church itself to be bastardized by accepting the 501c3 tax-exempt organization status from Washington, D.C., and incorporation status from the states?

Think of it: our spiritual “leaders” have allowed the two most sacred institutions on earth (marriage and the Church) to be prostituted on the altar of state recognition. Think of it another way: our 501c3 pastors have become little more than pimps for the IRS and, now, a radical, activist Supreme Court. Do pastors really want Caesar’s blessing that badly?

Regarding marriage: we should marry under Natural Law (Common Law) ONLY.

Regarding the Church: it should be removed from 501c3 non-profit organization and State incorporation status–and if the pastor and church refuse to extract themselves, we should extract ourselves from THEM.

We either “come out” from this leviathan, or we will be swallowed by it.

Yes, the radical left and militant homosexuals will continue to press their anti-Christian agenda with every means possible. Yes, those of us who have Christian, traditional and moralist convictions are going to be forced to defend these historic principles tooth and nail. But there can be no victory whatsoever by willfully surrendering the Natural Law principles upon which our convictions are predicated. Neither can there be victory by pretending that Caesar’s law is Supreme Law, because it’s not! There is a Court above the court. There is a King above kings. There is a Law above law.

Our founders gave their lives in order to bequeath to us a country in which we didn’t have to decide between obeying God and obeying government, as this constitutional republic was designed to protect our duty to God. Current national leaders–facilitated by America’s spiritual leaders–are taking that wonderful bequeathment away from us.

Therefore, say it anyway you want, “Don’t tread on me,” or “We must obey God rather than men,” but say it we must. And if Christian men and women cannot say it in defense of the sanctity and autonomy of marriage and the Church, they cannot say it at all.


P.S. I have a four-message DVD that I believe is absolutely essential for Christian people–and others who believe in our founding principles–to help them understand Natural Law. The title of the DVD series is “Liberty And Law.” Here are the message titles:

*Biblical Evidence for Natural Law (I show you the Scriptural evidence for Natural Law in this message.)

*Christ’s Law of The Sword (This message explains what Christ meant when He told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matt. 26:52, KJV) Believe me, He did NOT mean that Christians are supposed to lay down their means of self-defense and never use the sword. I show from the Scriptures exactly what Jesus was saying to Peter. And, trust me, it will probably surprise you, as I doubt you have been taught this truth in church. And it will also help you to better understand a whole host of other scriptural principles as a result.)

*The Law of Necessity (This is a basic Natural Law principle that was demonstrated repeatedly throughout the Bible, including by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.)

*Liberty in Law (There is true liberty only in Law; but this Law does not ALWAYS mean the laws of men.)

This is one of the most important message-series I have ever delivered. And its truths are needed as much NOW as they were when our pastors thundered them forth in the churches of Colonial America–maybe more so.

To order my DVD, “Liberty And Law,” go here:

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A Pastor Was Asked About Kim Davis. He Gave An Answer Everyone Should Hear

During a recent podcast, Pastor John Piper offered his take on Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for six days after refusing to issue gay marriage licenses.

Asked whether Davis was wrong for taking the stand, Piper explained that he is not familiar enough with her or her beliefs to make such a determination.

“I don’t know Kim Davis’ heart,” he said, “so I can’t assess her motives. It’s possible to do right actions for wrong reasons, and so be wrong in doing right.”

Looking only at her actions and relevant trends across the nation, however, he provided possible justifications.

“I think she’s right in rejecting so-called same-sex marriage as contrary to God’s design for what marriage is,” he continued. “And she is right in assessing this departure from God’s will as massive, not marginal; and as personally and culturally deadly, not trivial.”

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He cited several New Testament verses offering advice for Christians called to submit to their government, explaining that Davis could be both morally and legally right in her decision to flout the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.

“When Paul says rulers are not a terror to good conduct,” Piper said, “we’re liable to scratch our heads.”

He went on to theorize, though, that the author intended his message to be received “like a dad says to his children, ‘We tell truth in this family.’”

It reflected the ideal, he suggested, rather than an imperfect reality.

Piper likened the actions of Christians to the biblical parable of a slave who was beaten when he had done nothing wrong.

“It seems to me that he has done something good,” he said. “Maybe he stuck up for a fellow Christian slave, or maybe he shared the gospel, or maybe he – or she, say – refused to have sex with the master.”

Davis could be legally justified in her decision, too, Piper explained.

First, he noted that it might be the Supreme Court that actually “broke the law by the ludicrous claim that they could find in the Constitution a right to the non-existent illusion called same-sex marriage.”

Furthermore, Piper noted that state and federal provisions seem to protect an employee – even an elected one – from violating his or her faith in the completion of a job requirement.

Americans of all faiths are increasingly faced with such a dilemma, he concluded, noting believers can use this trend to their advantage.

“The upshot for all of us,” he said, “is that we should all be pondering now what that line is: in our vocation, our schooling, civic life, our finances. If we’re not fixed and strong in our resolve and are taken off guard with the threat of loss, we will cave in.”

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Why You Don’t Need To Accept The SCOTUS Ruling On Gay Marriage

Since last summer’s historic ruling, my social media feeds have been splashed with rainbows and rants. Everyone has an opinion on the issues, and no one is shy to express it.

But buried beneath the paint swatches and debates is a question we Christians began asking but have yet to answer. When the confetti has settled and we are left to live with the mess we are not permitted to clean, how are we supposed to interact with our society? Do we accept or reject those who oppose ourselves and the teachings of the Bible?

On one end of the spectrum are those who want to bar anyone who disagrees with them from entering their doors. They mistake hatred for holiness and cannot discern sin from sincerity.

On the other end are those who, in the name of love, welcome every religion, lifestyle, and opinion into their church family with open arms, refusing to condemn anything as wrong or sinful or to ask anyone to change. They market to the masses and wrap truth beneath layers of political correctness and popular culture–because after all, we don’t want to offend anyone.

In the middle stand the majority of us, being tugged in every direction by the other two. Those who believe sin is sin, but who also believe in the forgiving grace of God. We want to share the truth with others. But we are caught in the middle of a culture war and simply do not know what to do.

So how should we Christians approach those who oppose ourselves? Should we accept or reject those who disagree with God’s Word?

The answer is simple, yet shocking.

We do neither.

It is not the Christian’s job to accept or reject anyone. It is the Christian’s responsibility to present the Gospel to everyone and allow each person to decide to accept or reject Christ.

The decision is not ours. It is theirs.

Contemporary Christianity has it backwards. We have been a Christian society that has decided that it is our responsibility to accept or reject individuals into our churches, our social circles, and even into the family of God. But that is not what God ever intended.

God does accept and reject individuals–but on one condition: their acceptance of Christ. God accepts all who believe in His Son Jesus as the Savior, and He rejects all who reject Jesus. After all, Jesus is the one and only way to the Father–no man comes to the Father but by Him.

Christians are in conflict today because instead of preaching the Gospel and allowing everyone who hears to make their own decision, we have tried to coax unbelieving hearts into joining our cause. We have been so desperate to keep anyone from rejecting Christ that we have taken away their choice, their free will to take or not take salvation, and have instead accepted them–without God’s one condition of accepting Christ.

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Except they accept, they cannot be accepted into the family of God.

The truth is it is Christ who is accepted or rejected. He came into the world, which was made by Him, but the world did not know or accept Him. He came unto His own, but His own did not receive Him. But those who did receive Him were made sons of God (John 1:10-12). He came to be accepted or rejected by men.

Jesus is the only factor. He is the One who has been discriminated against. He is the One whose rights were stripped away. He is the One who was denied by many. He is the One who was tried wrongfully, beaten, mangled, spit on, mocked, and hung like a criminal on a tree for everyone to see. He is the One who poured His blood for the very people who killed Him. And He is the only One who needs to be accepted, for He provides forgiveness and life to everyone who believes on Him.

No, Christian, it is not our job to accept or reject the sinner. It is our job to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every Creature–so that every person on this earth has the opportunity to hear about our Savior and accept Him.

It is not our job to hide our Christian paraphernalia to make unbelievers feel comfortable in our church home. It is our job to offend them with God’s free offer of grace.

It is not our job to turn away everyone who thinks, dresses, or lives differently than us. It is our job to tell them how they can be transformed by faith in Jesus Christ.

And it is not our job to accept or reject the homosexual. It is our job to tell them that all have sinned and all deserve eternal death. But God loved all of us so much that He sent His Son to die for all. And all we have to do is accept Him and His salvation.

The Great Commission is not to accept everyone. It is not to reject anyone. It is to go into the world and preach the Gospel to everyone. The fabric of our society has been stained a multicolored blotch, but Jesus commands us to seek the unbelieving, find the sinful heart, feel compassion for the lost, and do everything within our power to reach down and pull them out of the pit they are dangling over. Extend the love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to all–and let them choose their own fate.

Except they accept, they will not be accepted. Accept that.

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