How arrogant do you need to be to make a play like this one?
The Democrats are used to having the courts step in and force their policies down the public’s throats. It’s so much easier than getting the public or even Congress to actually agree on putting something into law.
But now that the balance in SCOTUS has tipped in favor of Originalism rather than a panel of activists rubber-stamping every ‘progressive’ fever-dream to come down the pike, they are getting grumpy.
How can the autocrats throw their weight around if the courts won’t even have the decency to play along and make their power-grabs look legitimate?
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Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.
The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.'”
Oh really? We didn’t hear any talk like that from Democrats when Roberts actually REWROTE aspects of Obamacare to ‘save’ it rather than strike it down as unconstitutional as submitted.
What SPECIFIC issue got the Left so bend out of shape?
The Democratic senators’ brief was filed in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which dealt with legal limitations on where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms. They are urging the court to stay out of the case brought by the NRA-backed group, claiming that because the city recently changed the law to ease restrictions, the push to the Supreme Court is part of an “industrial-strength influence campaign” to get the conservative majority to rule in favor of gun owners.
If the court still decides to hear the case, a ruling against New York City could prevent other cities and states from passing similar gun control laws.
Of course. The Second Amendment.
We wouldn’t want a group of ORIGINALIST judges making any rulings on the Second Amendment now, would we?
In the court’s 2012 decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the chief justice recognized that the law’s individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance was unconstitutional. But this couldn’t be right, because allowing the uninsured to free ride on taxpayers would not “improve health insurance markets.” So, through a “saving construction,” the chief justice rewrote the mandate as a “tax” and upheld the law.
Nor did we hear any complaints on the Left when individual judges have an ax to grind against the President himself and even ruled that he could not exercise powers that fell explicitly within Article-2 authority.
Did the Left freak out when Justice Roberts showed his contempt for the sitting president?
In a remarkably inappropriate and blatantly political statement Wednesday, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts chastised President Trump for the president’s quite accurate criticism of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and its rogue district and appellate court judges.
The spectacle of the ostensibly nonpolitical chief justice engaged in a dispute with the president of the United States is insulting to the Supreme Court and to our system of justice.
Shame on the chief justice. What he did is unforgivable, especially after the corrosive Senate confirmation battle over now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was the subject of bitter and baseless partisan attacks and character assassination by Senate Democrats.
With everyone looking for ways to remove the high court from the political thicket, Roberts strode arrogantly right into it. Sad day.
Just like Lindsey Graham reminded us at the Kavanaugh hearing, these folks are desperate to get their power back… particularly the Courts. And God Help us if the current crop of radicals ever gets their grubby mitts on it.
Previous parties all had the decency to reject court-packing for the naked power-play that it is. But Democrats are no longer so careful about hiding such power grabs.
Dramatic changes to the Supreme Court have been proposed by several Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, with “court-packing” being a common — though highly controversial — suggestion. Increasing the number of justices on the court would allow the president to shift the balance on the bench by loading up justices of his or her preference.
Democratic candidates, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Gillibrand, all have signaled an openness to expanding the number of judges on the court should they reach the White House.
Here was Lindsey Graham in that dramatic moment:
And here are some other SCOTUS- or court-related stories:
- LMAO: Dem Judge Goes Rag-Doll As She’s Dragged Out Of Court And Off To Jail
- Dear GOP NeverTrumpers: Isn’t it GREAT Hillary Didn’t Pick A 2nd Supreme Court Nominee?
- Whistleblower: The Obama Administration ‘Hacked’ Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
- Supreme Court Is Facilitating Secularization without Representation