By James D. Veltmeyer, MD
For sixty years, conservatives and constitutionalists have been taking it on the chin in the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite Republican presidents like Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes making appointments to the high court and the lower federal courts, the cause of conservative jurisprudence has suffered defeat after defeat. Whether we go all the way back to 1963 when prayer was kicked out of the public schools to more contemporary decisions on abortion, forced busing, racial quotas, and homosexual “marriage,” the federal courts have acted as super-legislatures, imposing by judicial fiat the playbook of the radical left on American society.
For the most part, conservatives just accepted these court rulings and moved on. Occasionally, feeble attempts were made to enact constitutional amendments to nullify this or that court decision, but they went nowhere. There were even a few colorful campaigns to impeach certain liberal Supreme Court justices, but these also went nowhere.
As in academia, the left saw early on enormous opportunities to infiltrate their followers and destructive agenda into one of our nation’s most basic institutions. And, as in academia, conservatives were asleep at the switch in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s when the classrooms were invaded by secular humanist philosophies, socialist economics, and anti-Christian ideologies. Now, we have the 1619 project, critical race theory, transgender propaganda, and pornographic sex education courses in grammar school. Conservatives have only themselves to blame for ceding control over our educational institutions to cadres of anti-American revolutionaries and cultural Marxists. We did nothing to fight back. Now, however, the situation has reached such levels of perversity that parents and students are waging a counterattack on the counterculture at the school board level. More power to them!
The courts have always been a special target of the left. Recognizing that their extremist policies could never muster majority support at the polls or be enacted through Congress or the state legislatures, they embarked on a deliberate strategy to use the courtroom to achieve what they couldn’t achieve at the ballot box.
Bolstered by graduates of America’s left-leaning law schools and Democrat presidents applying “litmus tests” to judicial appointments, the courts became increasingly stacked with judges who favored results-oriented jurisprudence which is judicial activism, pure and simple. The left’s approach to the law is to determine what result they seek in advance ( usually some kind of social engineering scheme that uproots traditional values and norms ) and then twist the law to make the round peg fit into the square hole. This is the approach to law that is taught in some of our most prestigious law schools. The judge is not there to apply the law as written in a neutral fashion, regardless of what the result might be. The judge, instead, is a lawmaker himself who may impose his personal values upon society if he believes society would benefit from those values. Liberal icon Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was often quoted as asking “but is it right?” when reviewing cases. Yet, that is not a judge’s role. His job is to ask “but what is the law?” The rights and wrongs are to be determined by the voters acting through their elected representatives.
Conservatives and constitutionalists may finally be waking up. As a result of President Trump’s three appointments to the Supreme Court and record-breaking number of lower court appointments, we may now be in a real position to fight back and use the courts to take back America and restore some balance to the federal judiciary.
Spearheading this effort is Stephen Miller, one of President Trump’s most brilliant and effective policy advisors in the White House. Miller and some other former associates in the Trump Administration have launched America First Legal with the objective of waging war on the radical left in the courtroom. Seeing AFL as the conservative counterpart of the American Civil Liberties Union, AFL describes its mission this way:
The radical left is using its power inside and outside of the government to destroy our country. It is opening America’s borders, shutting down American energy, trying to take over American elections, and violating the fundamental civil rights of the American People.
At America First Legal, we are building a team of some of the nation’s best legal, political, and strategic thinkers to challenge this lawlessness at every turn. We will use every legal tool at our disposal to defend our citizens from unconstitutional executive overreach. We will also stand up against corporations that restrict free speech and violate our citizens’ civil rights.
We are committed to fighting for all Americans–regardless of race, color, religion, or creed. We will defend the rights of all Americans from attacks by anyone, in any party, who would seek to attack their freedom, their dignity, and their equal rights under the law.
For years, progressives have used the court system to attack our founding documents, undermine the rule of law, and erode our nation’s most cherished principles and traditions.
With America First Legal, we are turning the legal tables on the radical activist left. We will wage a forceful defense of our rights, our country, and our cherished American way of life.
America First Legal has already initiated or joined lawsuits challenging the Biden regime’s woke policies at every turn, such as Texas’ effort to stop the release of COVID-infected illegal immigrants within its borders. It is also serving as outside counsel for the Lone Star State as it challenges Biden’s crazy “catch and release” policies. AFL is working with Louisiana to oppose the regime’s effort to deep-six ICE. And, in a significant recent victory, AFL filed a lawsuit against the Biden regime for its effort to impose racial quotas on the distribution of federal monies under the so-called “Restaurant Revitalization Fund.” Faced with a preliminary injunction banning the use of such racial preferences, the regime backed down and gave up on its illegal scheme. Also, America First Legal served as Co-Counsel in Texas’ successful effort to protect the innocent unborn with the new Fetal Heartbeat Law.
In coming months, we can expect Stephen Miller and America First Legal to be challenging additional insane policies emanating from Washington, D.C., such as the Department of Education forcing critical race theory into the public schools, the abolition of girls’ athletics, attempts to force biological males into girls’ locker rooms, and attacks on religious freedom and political dissent.
At long last, it looks like conservatives and constitutionalists are fighting back in the courts. And, with so many newly-minted Trump appointees filling judicial seats, we might stand a real chance of winning some battles on the way to winning the war against the radical left in 2022 and 2024.
Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician and author of “Physician on a Mission: Dr. Veltmeyer’s RX to Save America.”He was voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Dr. Veltmeyer can be reached at dr.jamesveltmeyer@