Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore just spoke out against the president, and what he had to say has gotten a lot of people thinking.
Moore attacked the president for suggesting that a federal court can trump state constitution, saying that this shows a “fundamental misunderstanding” of how American law works.
Here’s what the Chief Justice had to say:
“Well, I’d like to tell President Obama that he is entirely correct. Federal law does trump state law, but what this Harvard professor, who is president of our United States, does not understand, is that a trial court’s decision about the constitutionality of a federal question, is just that. It’s an opinion.”
“It may be law of the case, before her. It is not overturning the Alabama Constitution.”
“It is not made by judges. That is something very basic – something that speaker Boehner has just referred to, about the constitutional violations of this president and the Supreme Court. We are seeing this.”
“Those interpretations are not law. If they were, then the legislature would have no role. Legislators are to make law. Congress is to make law. The United States Supreme Court Constitution is law. So is the Alabama Constitution.”
“We have a fundamental misunderstanding in our country that federal courts, by their mere utterance, make law. They do not make law sir. They make law of the case applicable to the parties before them.”
It’s disturbing that our president, a former Harvard law school professor, has such little understanding of the constitution.