After the Supreme Court’s decision saying that abortion is a matter for state legislatures to sort out, and not something addressed by the Constitution, as I predicted many months ago, the hard-left mayor of Chicago in a public speech spat “f*** Clarence Thomas!” (Devoid of any self-awareness, days later this same Democrat mayor bemoaned the toxicity of current political discussions.)
Note that this is not some bomb-throwing, Antifa/Democrat hoodlum, but is the mayor of one of the biggest cities in America. (OK, I’ll admit that she could be both.)
The mayor didn’t bother to tell us what part of the Constitution guarantees abortion on demand. But, no matter. For saying that none did, “f*** Clarence Thomas.” The mayor’s “analysis” was echoed by many other Democrats including most of their media allies.
Of the six Justices that formed the majority in the abortion case, Justice Thomas was singled out even though he wrote only a concurring opinion and not the opinion of the Court. The left routinely singles him out for special hate because he’s black. The left sees black people who won’t side with them as not just wrong, but uppity and possibly worthy of lynching. Who gave them permission to leave the Democrat plantation?
What was conspicuously absent from the left’s histrionics about the Supreme Court decision saying the Constitution does not address abortion was any contention that it does. I suppose that’s to be expected because . . . it plainly doesn’t.
Even the three dissenting liberals on the Supreme Court did not seriously contend that the Constitution grants abortion rights. Their dissenting opinions can be summarized as follows: It should.
OK, maybe it should (and maybe it shouldn’t). But there’s a remedy for things the Constitution should address but doesn’t.
The remedy is called a Constitutional Amendment enacted by Congress and ratified by two-thirds of the people’s legislatures of the states. There have been 27 of them.
The first ten Constitutional Amendments – the Bill of Rights – are quite dear to Americans. The First guarantees free speech and the free exercise of religion. The Second guarantees the right to bear arms. The others are in a similar vein – they guarantee rights of the people by limiting the power of government over them.
In returning power to the people and their elected representatives, the Supreme Court is on quite a roll these days. In another case, they said that they and the rest of the federal courts are not the arbiters of draconian clean air standards – regardless of whether such standards are a good thing or a bad thing – and neither is the unelected EPA. The Court said Congress is.
The Supreme Court is engaged in a regular reverse coup d’état. They refuse to allow legislators to relinquish their power to the courts or to unelected administrative bureaucrats.
But Democrat legislatures don’t like having power returned to them. They prefer to pass vague and toothless legislation, and let the administrative agencies make the politically difficult decisions of construing and implementing it. In other words, they don’t like the heat in the legislative kitchen.
In the EPA case, liberal Justice Elena Kagan in her dissent specifically accused the majority opinion holding that Congress alone holds the power to enact draconian clean air rules, of impinging on the power of Congress.
Such is the tortured logic of the left. If the outcome is contrary to the liberal agenda, conservative Supreme Court Justices are guilty of seizing power when they exercise power, and of seizing power when they refuse to.
But that may be putting too fine a point on it. The real – and only – rule of the left is simply that conservatives are wrong. The rest is just a temper tantrum of rationalizing, shouting, name-calling, protests, obscenities and threats.
The reason these one-trick donkeys are angry is because they’ve grown accustomed to getting their way with the courts over the last few decades. What they couldn’t achieve legislatively, and couldn’t achieve in the court of public opinion, they achieved with a complaisant Supreme Court.
Those days are over. The left now must do the hard work of passing legislation by using the power of persuasion with legislators and the public.
But the power of persuasion is one power that they just don’t have. “F*** Clarence Thomas” is not a highly persuasive argument.