Former Attorney General Ed Meese saw this coming.
President Obama is now operating in tandem with the New York Times and other sympathetic media outlets to delegitimize not just the Supreme Court, but the Constitution itself. This effort can be traced back to a front page NYT hit piece authored by Adam Liptak that ran on July 24, 2010. The article is built around a database created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that gauges the ideological complexion of court rulings and the leanings of individual members. “In the database, votes favoring criminal defendants, unions, people claiming discrimination or violation of their civil rights are, for instance, said to be liberal,” the report explains. “Decisions striking down economic regulations and favoring prosecutors, employers and the government are said to be conservative.”
In a subsequent piece that ran in February, Liptak targets the Constitution itself.
“The Constitution has seen better days,” the article begins.
From here, Liptak goes on to describe how the Constitution is no longer a compelling model for other countries. He even quotes sitting U.S. Supreme Court Association Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to drive the point home.
“I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” she said. As an alternative, Ginsburg recommends looking to South Africa’s constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or the European Convention on Human Rights.
General Meese suspects the NYT reports are deliberately timed with White House actions.
“What he [Obama] is really doing is leading an effort to undermine the Constitution as the primary document which forms the basic principles of our government and the structure that should be followed by the executive branches as well as the other two branches,” Meese explained during a talk at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Mark Wohlschlegel, a staff attorney with Americans for Limited Government (ALG), challenged Justice Ginsburg’s view of the Constitution in a recent report.
The Constitution “is not a document designed to empower the government to protect its people, but rather one that was designed to protects its people from their government,” he wrote.
It is now apparent that Team Obama views not just the Supreme Court, but the Constitution itself as an obstacle.