Who is Goodwin Liu and why should you care?
The easy answer is he is Obama’s controversial nominee for appellate court justice in the 9th circuit. (It’s no coincidence that this is the court that has been most aggressive in strikeing down Obama’s attempts at usurping ever more power into his hands).
The longer answer is, another graduate of Yale Law School, where, like Sandra Sotomayor, Eric Holder, and many other of the new justice staff and undoubtedly the next nominee to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court, he is a disciple of Harold Koh, former Dean of Yale Law School and Obama’s appointee as chief legal advisor to the state department.
Amazingly, know one has yet (other than your intrepid blogger) picked up on the importance of all of this and the confluence of events that we are seeing this week and over the coming summer when the new justice is confirmed.
Why is it important?
As I wrote last year, during Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, liberal or conservative, strict constructionist or loose, doesn’t matter. The President has the right to nominate who he likes, as long as they follow the law, as they interpret it.
However, what is true, and critical, about all of these people, and all the people Obama is using to fill the legal departments and judicial appointees is this.
They all believe, in direct contradiction of US Law, that the supremacy clause of the Constitution does NOT apply to international law.
What is the Supremacy clause? Article VI, clause 2 of the Constitution states “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
What does it mean? Well, it is generally applied to the states and it means that when in conflict, federal law prevails.
However, it also means that US Law supersedes international law. In other words, a President cannot sign an agreement that would otherwise violate the constitution, or abridge the rights of citizens of the United States. Interestingly, although they did not admit it, it was the Supremacy clause that was the reason Obama pulled out of the Durban II conference on Human Rights because the preliminary agreement put severe restriction on speech (no anti Muslim speech) and had he signed it, it would have been thrown out as violating the supremacy clause.
So, how do all the strands of Obama tie together here?
Well, as you have seen, he has signed a new treaty with the Russians, and this week has brought in all the countries that DON’T matter to sign a non binding nuclear agreement.
He has subjugated himself to the UN.
This idea is perfectly in line with the greatest (read worst, biggest disaster) of all the Prgressives, Woodrow Wilson, who believed, like Obama in the concept of a ‘one world government’.
With each appointee to the Federal Bench, and the Supreme Court, he moves closer to being able to do what even Roosevelt (the second most horrific progressive) could not.
Change the US Court system so that he can have the whole nation, and not just it’s President, bowing before the world.
Of course, in Obama’s mind, the sheer force of his personality makes him think that HE will be the leader of this one world government.
Watch carefully, warn your Senators, THIS is the danger ahead, not Roe v. Wade, or gun control, or any of the other single issue cases that can go back and forth like the breeze.
This is part of the “fundamental transformation” that no one but a few of us, foresaw.