You know it’s a good sign when President Biden and celebrities on the left go crazy.
At a press conference in Spain, Mr Biden called the US Supreme Court “destabilizing” over its “outrageous” rulings on abortion and firearms. He pledged to end the Senate’s filibuster to pass a national abortion bill.
On June 24, a 6-3 majority overturned Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Pro-lifers celebrated with prayers of thanks. Leftists like Mr. Biden were apoplectic. Some have vowed revenge while nodding to violence against churches, crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life groups.
At a concert in England, singer Phoebe Bridgers led the crowd in an F-word chant against the court and also America, her home country. I think she was hugged on stage by the smiling ghost of George III.
Not to be outdone, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong also deployed the F-word against America and renounced his US citizenship. After all, what’s a tom to do if “abortion care” isn’t available?
Anyway, if the “America: Love It or Leave It” bumper sticker ever hit perfect tone, it’s now. See you soon, Billie Joe, and don’t let the door bump into your ass.
Along with Dobbs, the court issued three more rulings that set the woke crowd on fire.
In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, a 6-to-3 majority opinion written by Judge Neil M. Gorsuch upheld the First Amendment’s free speech and free exercise clauses, verifying the right of the high school football coach to the Washington State, Joe Kennedy, praying at the 50 yard line. after the matches. He had lost his job because of it.
The court struck down a New York law that made it extremely difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen). Justice Clarence Thomas’ 6-to-3 majority opinion thus extended his 2008 Heller decision that the Constitution protects individual gun ownership.
Finally, a 6-3 decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. hit the Environmental Protection Agency in the chops. Congress, not the EPA, has the power to create carbon emission limits for existing power plants, the court said in West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency. It is enormous. It may well signal a rollback of sweeping powers unconstitutionally seized by unelected bureaucrats.
Previously, the court struck down unconstitutional moratoriums on Mr Biden’s deportations and vaccination mandates.
Democratic-appointed judges dissented in all of those cited cases. Anyone who still thinks elections aren’t important needs to think again.
The recent tribunal has not always been on the bright side. In June 2015, their 5-4 decision Obergefell v. Hodges created from scratch a “constitutional right” to same-sex marriage. In June 2020, they struck new civil rights based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in Bostock v. Clayton County. Justice Gorsuch’s opinion and joined by Justice Roberts sparked transgender mania and greatly strengthened LGBTQ activists bent on criminalizing dissent.
As for this 2021-22 session, the court in Carson v. Makin canceled a Maine tuition program that discriminated against religious schools. They also ruled 5-4 that the Biden administration could repeal the Trump administration’s “Stay in Mexico” policy, which stipulated that migrants must wait in Mexico for asylum hearings. Judge Roberts wrote the opinion, joined by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the three left-wing members of the court.
Fortunately, not much is happening at the border, just hundreds of thousands of people crossing illegally, migrants dying by the dozens and other caravans on the way.
Unfortunately, the court declined to hear a defamation suit brought by D. James Kennedy Ministries against the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Fort Lauderdale-based ministry is listed on the SPLC’s “hate map,” which companies like Amazon use to determine eligibility for donations. The damage is real.
The hate map includes other Christian organizations like the Family Research Council, whose DC headquarters was attacked in 2013 by a gay gunman who intended to commit mass murder. Convicted of terrorism, he told police that the SPLC’s hate card motivated him.
I have a theory on why the court dodged this one. After enraged the left behind on abortion, religious freedom, gun rights and environmentalism, they decided not to kick the LGBTQ hornet’s nest.
Either way, Dobbs’ decision alone was monumental and long overdue. Unlike the Mexico case, Judge Roberts ruled on the safe side (as he did in Obergefell), although he issued a squirrel deal in Dobbs. The court isn’t exactly conservative 6-3, just occasionally, with the chief justice as the swing vote.
As Yogi Berra said of another player, “He hits both sides of home plate. He is amphibious.
Still, Judge Roberts got Dobbs right. And Roe is the story. Hence the cries from the left. Happy Independence Day!
• Robert Knight is a columnist for the Washington Times. He previously worked for the Family Research Council and has written books for D. James Kennedy Ministries, with another scheduled for September. His website is roberthknight.com.