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The Left’s Lies About the Supreme Court

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2022
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As the Supreme Court opened a new term Monday, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other left-leaning media blasted it in unison, repeating the same big lie: The highest court is “in crisis” and rapidly losing the public’s confidence. The cause is “no secret,” claims the Times. The Court has turned into “a judicial arm of the Republican Party.” That’s blatantly false.

In July 2020, all nine justices rejected President Donald Trump’s argument that as a sitting president, he was shielded from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s investigation. After the 2020 election, the justices declined unanimously all three petitions from Team Trump to reexamine vote counts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This summer, the justices nixed Trump’s request to block the Jan. 6 House select committee from examining White House records.

This Court isn’t taking orders from the Republican Party.

In hysterical tones, the Times also warns that the Court is straying too far from “the views of the average American voter.” And The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus quotes a Democrat cautioning that “half the country may completely lose faith in the Court as an institution.”

Don’t buy that argument either. The Court’s role has never been to represent popular opinion. James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, two authors of the Constitution, explained in the Federalist Papers that the Court’s role would be to check majority rule and, if necessary strike down popularly enacted laws, in order to safeguard the rights of the individual and protect the Constitution.

The irony is that for 60 years, the Left has had a love affair with the Warren court, which defied popular opinion at every turn.

Earl Warren became chief justice in 1953 and presided until 1969. During that period, the Court remade American constitutional law and reshaped American society, striking down school segregation, imposing the one man, one vote rule to draw voting districts, demanding that criminal suspects be read their “Miranda rights” and applying Bill of Rights guarantees to limit what state and local governments, not just the federal government, can do.

The Left was OK with the Warren Court’s boldness because they liked the outcomes.

Now the Left is warning the Roberts Court not to veer far from public opinion. The Warren Court was so far ahead of public opinion that “impeach Earl Warren” bumper stickers and cartoons started appearing, and people asked, has the Court gone too far?

In 1963, when the Warren Court struck down voluntary prayer and Bible readings in public schools, 70% of Americans said the Court was wrong.

That fall, as the Warren Court began a new term, a Times headline approvingly announced “‘Warren Court’ Stands Its Ground” against “a barrage of criticism and disquiet.” The Times advised the justices to disregard warnings about jeopardizing the Court’s legitimacy.

That advice is still good today, as the Roberts Court begins its term. Do your job — uphold the Constitution and the rights it guarantees.

The Left’s current hysteria is not just about abortion and other rulings last term. The Left is panicked that this November, the Court will reassess racial preferences at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The Washington Post’s Marcus objects that “the law in this area has been settled.” Adam Liptak of The New York Times warns that “longstanding precedents are at risk.”

Settled? No. In 2003, the Court allowed race-conscious admissions as a temporary measure, expecting in the words of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor “that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.” Time is nearly up. Treating applicants differently based on skin color violates the Constitution’s promise that all Americans — Black, white, Asian and others — can rely on equal protection under the law.

The justices should be applauded for taking this case, just the way the Warren Court took up Brown v. Board of Education, instead of saying the law had been settled with Plessy v. Ferguson’s odious doctrine of separate but equal.

Nothing is settled as long as young people are being treated differently based on the color of their skin.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey.

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Joearcher
Joearcher
1 year ago

In 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Rehnquist upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision. The Rehnquist court was considered conservative, especially compared to the Warren court.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing a concurrence, spelled out his reasoning succinctly.
“The hard fact is that sometimes we must make decisions we do not like. We make them because they are right, right in the sense that the law and the Constitution, as we see them, compel the result,” Kennedy said. “And so great is our commitment to the process that, except in the rare case, we do not pause to express distaste for the result, perhaps for fear of undermining a valued principle that dictates the decision. This is one of those rare cases.”
My father, a WWII Marine, freaked out when he heard about the decision. He usually voted for Democratic candidates.

Old Silk
Old Silk
1 year ago

Ah, the cheap, tawdry presstitues hawking their wares in the street.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
1 year ago

Thank you AMAC for providing a balanced view.

Amacer
Amacer
1 year ago

The Left’s tactics have always been slander, “spin”, and outright lie. Unfortunately, it works. I attribute this to the banning of prayer in the early 60s, and many of our citizens today are the byproduct of that disastrous and fateful ruling. I’m afraid we are destined for disaster unless we get God back into our educational system.

tika
tika
1 year ago

legislating from the scotus will always involve throwing out rotten apples.

Boz
Boz
1 year ago

SCROTUS is most certainly controlled by the Ieft. Roberts is compromised. Kavanaugh, Barret and Gorsuch are all suspect. The onIy good ones are Thomas and Alito.

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
1 year ago

So what’s new? The left lies about everything. You cannot believe a word they say. I wouldn’t vote demo/socialist with a gun to my head. And, that is quite possible in the future. Of course, in the papers, even though I may have three bullet holes in my back, I will have died of Covid or suicide.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Is there even one thing left had not lied about,truth is fatal to them

michael deprisco
michael deprisco
1 year ago

Yep, the newspapers lie all the time and like cnn, msnbc, they covered up the Hunter Biden story as well as made things up about Trump.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

Actually, the public is rapidly loosing confidence in the Democratic Party. And this administration (whoever is really pulling the strings) has done exactly what they’re accusing the right of doing; weaponizing organizations to be extended arms of the Federal Government. If Biden can’t pull out his pen and make a new law, he gets some huge organization (like Facebook) to do his dirty work for him. I would find it hard to believe that most people don’t see that.

lawrence greenberg
lawrence greenberg
1 year ago

The Left lies about everything – it’s that simple. Leftist ideology and the Leftist agenda are, and have always been, based on lies, misinformation, and deception. There is more than 200 years of history to back that up. They have to lie, for if they were to tell the truth about what they really believe and what they intend to do if given the power and authority, they would lose what little support they have. The greatest enemies of the Left are truth, facts, and reality. That is why the Left always avoids any real debate unless they can control the questions and the conditions. The motto of the Left: Piwer and control, at any price, at any cost.

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