“Chief Justice Neville Chamberlain”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator:
Statism must be fully engaged and battled, defeated at every turn, and vigorously so. But that defeat cannot be brought about if John Roberts or any other prospective conservative Court appointee believes they are sitting on the Court with some mandate from heaven to appease the liberal conception of the Court’s majesty. Which has long since become the liberal chattering class code for taking yet another Court-sanctioned bite out of your freedoms. Your freedoms as explicitly defined in the Constitution of the United States. And likewise victory will not be obtained with presidents and legislators determined to cave in the fight of the day or moment.
As the Court moves forward and other confrontations with Statism’s latest attacks present themselves, the Chief Justice will find that a vote in favor of the Constitution will unleash the very attacks he fears — accusing him of casting his vote to regain the favor of conservatives.
If in fact he continues to play the role of “evolved” liberal activist, he will be seen as thoroughly affirming the notion that he views his role on the Court as to be nothing more than its Politician- in-Chief. And that he does indeed not agree with the president who nominated him, the Senators who confirmed him, the activists who supported him — and most importantly, the American people who voted for a president committed to nominating someone like…
Thus damaging the credibility of the Court by rendering it as nothing more or less than a panel not of legal scholars but politicians — and worse, politicians with an axe to grind. Whether that axe was slavery for Taney or the majesty of the Court for Roberts.
It’s too bad.
Neville Chamberlain was never a bad guy, and surely John Roberts isn’t either.
But both men made a critical mistake. They both saw their very different jobs — Prime Minister of Great Britain and Chief Justice of the United States — through the very same lens.
Appeasement. Pacifying the other guy at the expense of First Principles.
There are no silver linings. And this decision by Roberts was a decision that, in the mind of many conservatives and constitutionalists, has destroyed the rule of law and proven to us that we are living under separate tyrannies — a legislative ruling class, an imperial President, administrative bureaucracies unleashed to molest us, and a judicial oligarchy that has been politicized to the point that it is largely a servant of the Statist agenda. Toss in the media, which is nothing more than a propaganda arm for particular parties (largely on the left), and it’s a perfect storm of power grabbing and power securing.
Meaning, we have to fight back on a lot of fronts. The only good news being, these are, I’m convinced, largely paper tigers — and a resounding uprising by a fed up people, be it through civil disobedience or through the actions of some brave governors to take on the leviathan and rebuke it, will almost certainly help turn the tide.
That time is nearing. Or we’re done as a free country.
Simple as that.