It is time for the government of China to stop holding innocent religious figures in captivity merely for peacefully protesting China's occupation of Tibet.— Sam Brownback
The most memorable Sam Brownback quotes that are little-known but priceless
I think we just need to stick to our knitting on the topics and the subjects the American people care about.
As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological progress in our modern world, we must not lose our moral compass and give way to 'free market eugenics'.
We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.
I went to a number of foreign countries, and during whenever I went, I would try to go to an orphanage or a home for children. And I was seeing thousands of kids around the world that needed homes.
Let's create a legal system that can work.
At my core, what I think we need to do is to get the basics right again.
We need to rebuild our family structure, stay away from redefining marriage, and stand by marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Unborn children can experience pain even more so than adults as the baby has more pain receptors per square inch than at any other time in its life.
Narrow scope of judicial power was the reason that people accepted the idea that the federal courts could have the power of judicial review; that is, the ability to decide whether a challenged law comports with the Constitution.
The court's injected itself in the definition of marriage, deciding whether or not human life is worth protecting, permitting government to transfer private property from one person to another, even interpreting the Constitution on the basis of foreign and international laws.
We must do everything we can to be more aggressive in confronting Syria about what they are doing in Iraq.
I do a number of things working on human rights issues, prison recidivism rates, and then I also push and have worked a lot on the social issues of rebuilding the family.
Among the most famous of these Supreme Court cases of exercise of political power I believe are the cases of Roe V. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, two 1973 cases based on false statements which created a constitutional right to abortion.
I believe in the sanctity of marriage.
To kill [children in the womb] makes us all the poorer, insensitive, calloused and jaded.
I've been around the government system and believe me it's built to spend.
You've got to change the system, otherwise it's like asking a cultivator to do what a combine does, it just doesn't fit, it won't get it done. You've got to change the system.
Everybody will say that they're not opposed to immigration;
they're opposed to illegal immigration. That's what I'm saying.
You can look at founding father Alexander Hamilton nevertheless assuring - assuring - the countrymen in Federalist 78 that the role of the federal courts under the proposed Constitution would be limited.
In recent years, even as the court has become an increasingly political body, the Senate is not focused on preserving any perceived ideological balance when Democrat presidents have appointed people to the court.
[Felix Frankfurter] said courts are not representative bodies.
They're not designed to be a good reflex of a democratic society. Their judgment is best informed and, therefore, most dependable within narrow limits.
I'd pull my little brother on our motorcycle on an inner tube behind it.
We would go fishing, we would hunt some, growing up.
I stated at Justice [John] Roberts' hearing, the court's injected itself into many of the political debates of our day.
And you can claim whatever you want to of being pro-life or pro- choice, but the right to a abortion is not in the Constitution. The court created it. It created a constitutional right. And these decisions removed a fully appropriate political judgment from the people of the several states and has led to many adverse consequences.
This is a bipartisan effort. This is just good common sense. This is where the public wants us to go. They want us to not be so dependent on foreign oil.
History has shown that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did, in fact, dramatically change the balance of the court in many critical areas, such as abortion, the privacy debate expansion and child pornography.
My dad farmed, my granddad was a farmer. I wanted to be a farmer.
As I noted to my colleagues in the Roberts' hearings, in a year between 80 percent to 90 percent of the children in America diagnosed with Down's Syndrome will be killed in the womb simply because they have a positive genetic test which can be wrong, and is often wrong, but they would have a positive genetic test for Down's Syndrome and they will be killed.America is poorer because of such a policy.
It may seem ironic that the judicial branch preserves its legitimacy through refraining from action on political questions. That concept was put forward best by Justice [Felix] Frankfurter, appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Politics are important but your soul lasts forever.
So, you know, you make ... decisions on what you think is right or wrong and then you just go forward.
I do think there's a lot more we can do on the life agenda.
Today, as we look back on the history of our nation and take note of how far we have come as a people, we are reminded that we owe a great debt to those who fought valiantly for the freedoms that we easily take for granted.
I really believe, in my heart and soul, that if we would rebuild and strengthen the family structure in the country, you'd start to really deal with a number of the most difficult problems we're having in the country today, in poverty, education, and in crime, but we've broken the family structure up.
I want to note that, historically, the make-up of the court has changed just as elected branches have change.
I enjoyed working with Ted Kennedy.
Children of those who have been incarcerated are five times more likely to go to prison than children of parents who have never been incarcerated. The sins of the father visiting the child.
Most Americans want judges who will stick to interpreting the law rather than making it.
It is far easier to get divorced from somebody you've been married to for 10 years and have three children by than to fire somebody that's worked for you for one year.
What I find is most people have a civics book understanding for how Congress works and how a bill moves.
[Jane] Roe has made it not only possible, but has found it constitutional to kill a whole class of people, simply because of their genetic make-up.
If you get married, you lose all your benefits.
That's insane! We should give people bonuses for getting married, and sending signals and talking about it to the society.
None of us takes amending the Constitution lightly.
The plain fact is this amendment has been exhaustively studied and it really is time to act.
I always think that the party that offers the most hope and ideas for the future is the party that wins.
I believe you [Samuel Alito] and others would look and say that the role of the courts is limited and it's not to decide political matters.
Everybody has values. Now, you know it may be formed in a secular setting, it may be formed in an intellectual setting, but everybody comes forward with values.
You can raise good children in single parent households, and many of you perhaps here today come from that type of environment. It is possible and many do it in heroic situations, but it's much more difficult and the numbers move against us in a broad society.
The Supreme Court has also issued and never reversed a number of decisions that are repugnant to the Constitution's vision of human dignity and equality.
We are at our best when we help the weakest. The weak make us strong.
Unborn children do not have a voice, but they are young members of the human family. It is time to look at the unborn child, and recognize that it is really a young human, who can feel pain and should be treated with care.
I believe, assume the power to decide more political than legal issues in nature, the people naturally focus less on the law and more on the lawyers that are chosen really to administer the law.
The next president needs to know foreign policy and not learn it on the job.