Two versions of the Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 continue to languish in Congress. The purpose of the act is to exercise powers granted to Congress by Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution by limiting the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and all jurisdictions of inferior federal courts to hear and decide certain cases. The act deprives federal courts of jurisdiction to adjudicate cases involving “any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State or local government, or against an officer or agent [thereof] … concerning … [the] acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty or government.”
It also provides that “in interpreting … the Constitution … a [federal] court may not rely upon … [foreign law] … or international organization or agency other than English constitutional and common law.”
Too many times our federal courts have used foreign law as precedent when making their decisions.
Finally, it provides that if a federal judge engages in any activity which exceeds these limitations of jurisdiction or the respective court on which he sits, “it shall be deemed to constitute the commission of (1) an offense for which the judge may be removed upon impeachment and conviction, and (2) a breach of the standard of good behavior required by Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution.”
H.R. 1070 was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Judiciary Committee. It has 25 cosponsors: Aderholt, Bachus, Bartlett (S.C.), Bishop (Utah), Cannon, Cantor, Davis (Va.), Everett, Foxx, Goode, Hall, Lewis (Ky.), Herger, Jones (N.C.), McCotter, McIntyre, Pence, Pitts, Price (Ga.), Ryun (Kan.), Rogers (Ala.), Souder, Wamp, Weldon (Fla.) and Wilson (S.C.). No action on the bill has been taken by the House since it was referred to committee.
S. 520, a companion bill, was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. It has three cosponsors: Brownback, Burr, and Shelby. As with H.R.1070, no action on the bill has been taken since it was referred to committee.
Although there are several members of Congress interested in the bills, at least interested enough to be a cosponsor, there does not seem to be sufficient interest in the House and Senate leadership to move them along to passage. That interest will not develop unless people — members of The John Birch Society and others — become squeaky wheels and let the lawmakers know that there is support for the bills.
It is time to make a noise in the ears of both of your senators and your congressman. Tell them that you expect their energetic support for passage of the bills. Federal courts have operated for decades as independent fiefdoms showing no accountability for their actions and their decisions. The Constitution Restoration Act will get their attention and make them responsible, but only if we act and respectfully demand passage.