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Appeasing Statism: John Roberts abandons Constitution, Court, and Conservatives.
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In the federal courts, scores of judges with activist backgrounds in the hard-left now have lifetime tenure. Recent events have made it clear that these judges threaten America’s dearest institutions and our very way of life.
…. We believe that the self-proclaimed supremacy of these judicial activists is antithetical to the democratic ideals on which our nation was founded. President Bush has established a solid record of nominating only judges who have demonstrated respect for the Constitution and the democratic processes of our republic, and Republicans in the Senate have strongly supported those nominees.
Knowing this, John Roberts accepted a presidential nomination to the United States Supreme Court. When the time arrived to look Statism in the eye and just say no, the Chief Justice sought instead to turn into his version of a liberal activist and appease.
In so doing he has now placed himself — not to mention the Court — in an impossible position.
As the Court moves forward and other confrontations with Statism’s latest attacks present themselves, the Chief Justice will find that a vote in favor of the Constitution will unleash the very attacks he fears — accusing him of casting his vote to regain the favor of conservatives.
If in fact he continues to play the role of “evolved” liberal activist, he will be seen as thoroughly affirming the notion that he views his role on the Court as to be nothing more than its Politician- in-Chief. And that he does indeed not agree with the president who nominated him, the Senators who confirmed him, the activists who supported him — and most importantly, the American people who voted for a president committed to nominating someone like…
Thus damaging the credibility of the Court by rendering it as nothing more or less than a panel not of legal scholars but politicians — and worse, politicians with an axe to grind. Whether that axe was slavery for Taney or the majesty of the Court for Roberts.
It’s too bad.
Neville Chamberlain was never a bad guy, and surely John Roberts isn’t either.
But both men made a critical mistake. They both saw their very different jobs — Prime Minister of Great Britain and Chief Justice of the United States — through the very same lens.
Appeasement. Pacifying the other guy at the expense of First Principles.
It didn’t work in 1938 for Neville Chamberlain.
It will not work in 2012 for John Roberts.
And in the latter case, both the Supreme Court — and America — will be the loser.
Because in the end, this decision was a momentous sham.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?