Senator Whitehouse Has Some Thoughts
Senator Whitehouse Has Some Thoughts
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-ipstick, RI) has filed a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge to New York City’s gun regulations. In his little rant, Whitehouse has laid out some thoughts – if you can really call them that – about the highest court in the land, including an accusation that the court is somehow in the pockets of the evil Republicans, while threatening that progressive idiots (but I repeat myself) will somehow view the Supreme Court as less legitimate.
Because, as we all know, the best, most effective way to get justices to agree with you is to threaten them with more whining about “legitimacy” and packing the court with more leftist fuckwits to rule the way the progressives want them to, while accusing the existing court of corruption.
In the brief – filed by Whitehouse, Mazie “men need to shut up” Hirono, Dick “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal, Dick “our troops are Nazis” Durbin, and Kirsten “pander hard for polling” Gillibrand – the senators, who ostensibly swore an oath to uphold the US Constitution are claiming that somehow the evil Republicans, the evil NRA, and – by extension – the evil conservative majority on the Supreme Court are all trying to rewrite the Second Amendment.
The influence effort directed at this Court has been industrialized. In this particular “project” to rewrite and expand the Second Amendment, petitioners are flanked by an army of nearly sixty amici. As usual, the true identities and funding sources of most of these amici are impossible to ascertain. Amicus groups claim status as “social welfare” organizations to keep their donor lists private, and this Court’s Rule 37.6 is ineffective at adding any meaningful transparency. Were there such transparency, this amicus army would likely be revealed as more akin to marionettes controlled by a puppetmaster than to a groundswell of support rallying to a cause.
Translation: lots of people and organizations are supporting a Second Amendment case brought to the Court, but it couldn’t be because the majority of Americans actually understand and want to uphold the Second Amendment, but rather because lots of big money is behind the effort to preserve our Bill of Rights, and since we don’t know where that money is coming from, we are going to claim that an evil puppetmaster is controlling said groundswell of support for the Second Amendment, because Americans couldn’t possibly…
Get it now?
Americans’ support for more gun control usually increases after a mass shooting incident, and last week’s massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, certainly gave the gun grabbers a bump in the polls.
Thing is, that none of the measures the gun grabbers (along with spineless Republicans) are proposing would have stopped the murderers from purchasing firearms, but that doesn’t matter to Sheldon and crew. The amicus (friend of the court) brief was certainly filed at an auspicious time, showing once again that gun grabbers have no concern about saving actual lives, but will take advantage of any and all opportunities to push their agendas.
“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.”
This summation is quite galling.
Translation: stop ruling in ways we don’t like, or we will restructure the majority out of existence. Per the will of the people, of course.
I’d like to take us back to the good ole days of the ObamaCare hearing, where a certain Justice Elena Kagan refused to recuse herself, despite obvious and well-documented bias in the case.
But Whitehouse didn’t seem to mind a blatantly biased justice making decisions on legislation that would negatively affect millions of Americans. It fit his agenda, so we’re all good there.
He also didn’t condemn them evil conservatives when Chief Justice John Roberts – supposedly a member of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court – gave the ACA a disgusting victory despite the will of the American people, who weren’t even given an opportunity to fully digest the legislation, but were told by Nancy Pelosi that they would have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.
He wasn’t a crooked, money-grubbing conservative then. He voted in line with what the Democrats wanted.
Let’s remember that more recently, Justice Kavanaugh sided with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court in stopping the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Hell, even the liberal leaning FiveThirtyEight grudgingly admits that Kavanaugh is now the centrist justice on the high court, who agreed with constitutionalist rock star Neil Gorsuch exactly as often as he agreed with leftist Elena Kagan.
But for the purposes of Whitehouse and his merry band of turnips, the court is too conservative and too political, and unless the court abides by his little amicus diktat regarding a Second Amendment case, Whitehouse will pack the court with prognazis – per the will of the people, of course!
Poor Whitehouse doesn’t understand that trying to bully one branch of government as a member of another branch is a bit… contradictory to what the Founding Fathers intended when Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 71 that the separation of powers is absolutely vital.
The same rule, which teaches the propriety of a partition between the various branches of power, teaches us likewise that this partition ought to be so contrived as to render the one independent of the other. To what purpose separate the executive, or the judiciary, from the legislative, if both the executive and the judiciary are so constituted as to be at the absolute devotion of the legislative?
And while he whines about some secretive, dark groups funding amici briefs in favor of the Second Amendment, let’s remember just how many of these friend of the court briefs were filed in support of the government in King v. Burwell (ObamaCare) case. I certainly don’t remember Whitehouse whining about that at the time!
In other words, Whitehouse is a hypocrite, trying to threaten and bully the highest court in the land to rule the way he and his merry band of ignorant swine want them to.
Someone ought to tell Whitehouse that accusing Supreme Court justices of corruption and threatening to pack the court with progressive ideologues to counter their wisdom just isn’t the way to go.