When Sen. Chuck Schumer attempted to intimidate Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, it wasn’t the first time Senate Democrats criticized members of the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats attempted to intimidate the Supreme Court when they submitted this brief, which closed by saying “The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”

That’s a thinly veiled threat by Senate Democrats to pack the courts because they don’t like the Supreme Court’s rulings. What’s clearly meant here is that the Supreme Court could avoid the Democrats’ court-packing if the justices delivered the right ruling in that lawsuit. This highlights the fact that Democrats view the Supreme Court as a legislature.

The Supreme Court is supposed to rule on cases by determining whether a statute lives within the Constitution’s limitations on government. The Constitution was designed to limit the reach of the federal government. The federal government was built by the states to take care of a limited, enumerated, list of things.

The Constitution’s Bill of Rights sought to expand individuals’ rights by codifying the right to seek redress of grievances before one’s government, the right to defend one’s family. It also guaranteed the right to a speedy trial and the right to confront one’s accusers. Article III wasn’t written to give Democrats political victories it couldn’t earn through the legislative process.

Democrats should stop using the courts in this fashion. That isn’t what they were designed to do. The reason why there are protests in front of the Supreme Court is because Democrats politicized it 50-75 years ago. President Trump is depoliticizing the Supreme Court by picking judges that apply the Constitution to the lawsuits they hear. Democrat justices rule in favor of the outcome they prefer, regardless of whether it fits the Constitution’s mandates.

Expect Democrats to continue their intimidation tactics as President Trump straightens out the judiciary.

3 Responses to “Schumer’s intimidation tactics aren’t a first for Senate Democrats”

  • eric z says:

    Each of those two Trump appointees is garbage. It will come home to roost. Hopefully in my remaining lifetime, but eventually, it will. The appointment of the two however was not a deathknell for the credibility of the Court. Citizens United already did that. Biden’s dump on Anita Hill was a big part of killing off the credibility the Court had held back in time to when Thurgood Marshall was a Justice. William Douglas. Earl Warren. Hugo Black. Tall figures, with shadows obscuring the Bush/Trump disasters; Roberts being the most dangerous politician in DC. Not that you’d agree Gary, but it is how I feel.

  • Chad Q says:

    The same can be said of Obama’s appointees as they were far less qualified to hold their seats.
    Roberts is the most dangerous politician in DC? I’m sure you were jumping for joy when he upheld Obamacare though so he can’t be that dangerous.

    You and every other progressive liberal keeps harping on the citizens united case but are happy to allow unions to spend their members money on causes they don’t support. Until progressives stand up and say they want unions to stop spending, your cries will fall on deaf ears.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, I guess you think that people with money don’t have the right to say what’s on their minds or to complain to the government for injustices imposed by the government on people. During impeachment, Democrats of all stripes said that “Nobody is above the law.” I agreed with that statement. The thing is that the Constitution demands equal application of the laws. That means billionaires are protected by the Constitution just as much as poor people in terms of political speech.

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