You need to see his face and hear his voice. Addressing a pro-abortion rally outside the Supreme Court on March 4, 2020, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was talking about upcoming Supreme Court decisions that could overturn the Roe v. Wade decision which created a constitutional right to abortion in America.
Schumer said, “I want to tell you, Gorsuch; I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Later that day, Chief Justice John Roberts correctly said that Schumer’s words were “not only inappropriate; they are dangerous.” Schumer had threatened the lives and safety of two justices. His words were an attempt to intimidate the entire court and influence its decision.
Both threats and actual acts of political violence are now popular among progressives these days principally because progressive governors, mayors, and district attorneys — not to mention our progressive president and attorney general — are willing to tolerate any sort of violence as long as it is committed by favored constituents.
The crime wave now engulfing American cities and towns is not relevant to this discussion. Political violence is our concern here because it directly threatens our constitutional system of government.
Political violence in America is nothing new. Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, in an 1804 duel. In 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat, came onto the Senate floor and beat Sen. Charles Sumner with a cane. And then there was the Civil War in which about 620,000 men died fighting.
What is new is the legitimacy Democrats seem eager to grant political violence. They apparently believe that the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021, gives them the right to say anything, including, as Schumer did, clearly inciting violence against public officials.
On June 7, the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to a special threat of violence coming later this year. It said, in part:
In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents. Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism.
What threats or “threat actors” are involved DHS didn’t say, but it apparently expects political violence in reaction to the release of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which is expected to overrule Roe v. Wade.
That violence has already begun, and it only comes from the radical left.
There is a group that calls itself “Jane’s Revenge,” apparently named for the pseudonymous “Jane Roe” who was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade. (Her real name is Norma McCorvey.)
Jane’s Revenge has so far taken credit for firebombing a pro-life pregnancy center in Madison, Wisconsin, and other acts of vandalism across the country since the Dobbs draft decision was leaked.
The “Ruth Sent Us” group — named for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — published the home addresses of Republican-nominated Supreme Court justices following the leak of a draft opinion for the Dobbs case. After the leak, a man armed with a pistol — purportedly angered by the Dobbs opinion — was arrested by federal marshals outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home at 1:50 a.m. on June 8. He reportedly told police that he wanted to kill a Supreme Court justice.
When the Dobbs decision finally comes out, the Democrat incendiaries will try to ignite more political violence. Too many Democrat leaders — in Congress and in the media — will stoke the fires of violence against the Supreme Court. They’ll call the decision and the Court itself illegitimate. There will be riots, fire bombings, and possibly more attacks on the justices themselves.
On June 8, President Joe Biden said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that people won’t tolerate a decision overturning Roe. He said, “I don’t think the country will stand for it. It’s clear that if, in fact, the decision comes down the way it does, and these states impose the limitations they’re talking about, it’s going to cause a mini-revolution and they’re going to vote a lot of these folks out of office.”
Biden didn’t call for violence. He was making clear the Democrats’ intention to make such a decision a major campaign issue in November. It’s legitimate for them to do so, but they will probably be shocked at the number of voters who reject Biden’s call to throw Republicans out of office.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, alluding to the coming decision in Dobbs, said that the Court’s mistakes can be corrected. But that is what Justice Samuel Alito’s draft decision in Dobbs did, calling Roe “egregiously wrong.” Sotomayor’s statement, however, has to be viewed as a promise: If liberals regain a majority on the Court, they will overturn Dobbs and reinstate Roe.
The Supreme Court does make mistakes, but all Dobbs would do is return abortion law to the powers of individual states where it should have been left by Roe.
The Democrats would like to take the abortion debate out of the constitutional framework of the courts and the state legislatures and turn it over to mob action. People such as they will compare Dobbs to Dred Scott, the infamous 1857 decision that upheld slavery, and at the same time call for “peaceful protests.” But groups like “Ruth Sent Us,” “Jane’s Revenge,” and others will take their words as a call for more violence. And there will be more, much more.
The Biden administration is reportedly considering various actions it could take to counteract a reversal of Roe. Among them is a plan to declare a “public health emergency” by executive order that would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to suspend states’ medical licensing laws so that doctors could perform abortions in states where it is outlawed. It may also include access to military bases where abortions are not controlled by state laws.
Such actions would be the end of Biden’s shambolic presidency. If the Democrats believe that the overturning of Roe would ensure that most Americans vote for them in 2022 or 2024, they will be badly mistaken.
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