Senator Whitehouse Has Some Thoughts

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.

Oh, Sheldon!

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.

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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.

 

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

13 Comments
  • Scott says:

    “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.”…. So you’re saying he’s a democrat….

  • Joe R. says:

    He, and the Court, might want to check out the 2nd Paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. We’re starting to need all of these ay-wholes like we need a perforated colon.

    Any idiot claiming the Declaration isn’t the “Law of the Land” needs to slap themselves tired, and catch up on their history. The only reason we have the “Constitution” is because our Framers didn’t think the original constitution (the “Articles of Confederation”) got enough of what we demand of/by/for/and from each other under the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution was similarly found lacking and that’s why we have the Bill of Rights amendments.

    Either way, they have the 2nd Paragraph of the Declaration of Independence hanging over their heads and they can park their tyrannical sh*t deep in their silent black hearts, or we can have at right now.

  • JeffS says:

    This is consistent (synchronized?) with the “Fix The Court”, which asks the question, “For how long should Supreme Court Justices Serve?” (No link here — but you can search for it, it popped up in my FB feed.)

    The left is in a panic because the Supreme Court is leaning right more, and if PDT can put another Justice on that bench, one of their primary strategies goes down the toilet.

    So why not accuse SCOTUS of being corrupt? It’ll need fixing, right?

    Yeah, right.

  • Bill says:

    I am SO angry with you! I imagined a punch line somewhere.

    Disappointed

    (I imagined “Do Cory” next..).

    • GWB says:

      From that article:
      Of course, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany haven’t suddenly realized that this NYC statute violates the constitutional rights of residents.
      Well, no they haven’t *suddenly* realized this. They knew it all along. But, they know the Supreme Court will see through their bullsh*t and will hand all of their anti-freedom allies a new major defeat. (Probably along the lines of “bear” means to carry, and that means anywhere ‘reasonable’.)

  • GWB says:

    expand the Second Amendment
    Ummm, so someone is arguing we should be able to keep and bear more than artillery and armed warships? Who is this crazy man, and can I shake his hand?

    Translation:
    We want the names of these people so we can do to them what we did to that Covington kid and the wrestling video guy! And what Castro tried to do to his opponents! *fist power salute*

    none of the measures the gun grabbers … are proposing would have stopped the murderers
    The populace doesn’t know that, though, because the media lies to achieve its weaponless Utopia. They routinely misinform the public by lying about “loopholes” and “internet gun stores” and “cop killer ammunition”. (Oh yes, it goes at least back to the 70s, when they played that one, along with the “Saturday Night Special” malarkey.) THAT is why there is always a spike in support for “common sense gun control” after a shooting.

    The Supreme Court is not well.
    I’ll agree. There’s too many people on that court interested in an agenda, rather than using the Constitution as it was written to limit the powers of gov’t over the people – the source of their power. They would rather use the court to achieve their progressive vision of a powerful state and free lunches for all.

    He voted in line with what the Democrats wanted.
    Arguably, the problem there is not a bias toward the progressive Utopia, but a bias toward an idiotic philosophy of “balance”. I don’t want “balance”, I want CONSTITUTIONAL! There’s no bias there, simply a reading that says what the Constitution says and strikes down or upholds cases on that basis and that basis alone. “Balance” is how you get the Overton Window shifting so far to the left that we elected a guy not that far off from Walter Mondale and call it a conservative victory.

    the court is too conservative and too political
    Hmmm, something occurs to me: if you weren’t concerned about how many ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’ were on the court, it wouldn’t be political, eh?

    Whitehouse will pack the court with prognazis
    Ummmm, his team has to win a bunch of Senate seats and a Presidency for that to happen.
    (And he’s just given loads of people even more incentive to keep that from happening!)

  • GWB says:

    Oh, one other thing I think they hope to achieve by mooting the case: protect their asses from being sued in federal court over deprivation of rights under color of law.

    Here’s 18 US Code S 242(in part):
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both

    That Manhattan fedpen could get kinda crowded if plaintiffs had a Supreme Court case backing them up….

  • tankdemon says:

    Whorehouse can’t discredit the arguments of the nearly 60 amici, so he has to ad hominim the authors of the briefs. Not a good look, Sheldon.

  • tankdemon says:

    I really did mean to type Whitehouse, but between fat fingers and messed up spell check algorithms, things went awry.

    Misspelling a man’s name to make it a slur while criticizing him for ad hominim is not a good look, tankdemon.

  • CaptDMO says:

    *sigh* Lest we forget….
    1. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS lie.
    2. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS double down.
    3. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS project.

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