Which President said his Understanding of the Constitution Trumps the Supreme Court?

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  1. InTheLight

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    Indeed, which President said his opinion, or the opinion of Congress regarding Constitutional issues is superior to the Supreme Court's opinion? And therefore one may safely disregard a ruling by the Supreme Court?

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    The Congress, the Executive, and the Court must each for itself be guided by its own opinion of the Constitution. Each public officer who takes an oath to support the Constitution swears that he will support it as he understands it, and not as it is understood by others.

    It is as much the duty of the House of Representatives, of the Senate, and of the President to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented to them for passage or approval as it is of the supreme judges when it may be brought before them for judicial decision. The opinion of the judges has no more authority over Congress than the opinion of Congress has over the judges, and on that point the President is independent of both.

    The authority of the Supreme Court must not, therefore, be permitted to control the Congress or the Executive when acting in their legislative capacities, but to have only such influence as the force of their reasoning may deserve.

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    Who said this? [No fair Googling...]
     
  2. Zaac

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    I'm gonna guess one of the early Presidents. Either Madison, Monroe or that scary looking Andrew Jackson.:eek:
     
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    Old Rough n' Ready, vetoing some national bank charter.
     
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    You guys are good. I was expecting an answer like "Obama" or "Obama wants to say something like that." LOL.

    Yes, Andrew Jackson. He didn't like the fact that the Supreme Court ruled the national Bank of the United States was constitutional so he ignored them and vetoed the re-chartering of the bank in 1832, during the run up to the election. It proved to be a very populist maneuver, that was loved by the citizenry, loathed by the elites. Jackson won in a landslide.

    After the election, and during a Congressional recess (Christmas holidays) he moved to transfer the assets of the Bank of the United States into state run banks. His secretary of the Treasury would not carry out the plan so he was reassigned. The next Treasury secretary would also not comply so he was moved elsewhere. Finally Jackson found a guy that would transfer the money. When Congress reconvened they censured President Jackson, so far the only President to be censured.
     

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