In his first public speaking engagement since the Supreme Court overturned its unconstitutional Roe v. Wade decision, Chief Justice John Roberts voiced his concern over critics who call into question the court’s “legitimacy” because they “disagree with an opinion.”
His comments, given at a legal conference in Colorado Springs on Friday, come not long after the Vice President of the United States called SCOTUS an “activist court.”
While Roberts acknowledged that criticizing court rulings is “entirely appropriate,” he made clear that opinions don’t dictate the court’s decisions.
“People can say what they want,” he said on Friday. But, he added, “simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court.”
“If the court doesn’t retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who would take up that mantle,” he stated. “You don’t want the political branches telling you what the law is. And you don’t want public opinion to be the guide of what the appropriate decision is.”
It is a point that would seem so obvious to anyone who desires law and order, it is extraordinary that a former state attorney general could miss it.
Following the leaked draft of the court’s Dobbs opinion, activists endangered the lives of conservative justices by posting online their home addresses. Protests formed on their residential streets and in front of the Supreme Court building, with several notable Democratic lawmakers openly disrespecting the third branch of the government they serve and joining in the rabble.
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As BizPac Review reported, rather than uphold the sanctity of the Supreme Court, Kamala Harris, in a “Meet the Press” interview that is set to air Sunday on NBC, further degraded the institution by calling into question the court’s “integrity.”
Citing a poll that shows “confidence in the Supreme Court is at its lowest level,” host Chuck Todd asked Harris about her personal confidence in the court.
She could have calmed the flames that have been burning since the Dobbs draft was leaked, but instead, Harris stated bluntly, “I think this is an activist court.”
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Kamala Harris says the Supreme Court is “an activist court” for overturning Roe v. Wade.@VP: “We had an established right for almost half a century. … This court took that constitutional right away. And we are suffering as a nation because of it.” pic.twitter.com/k7Ofnj8LCX
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 10, 2022
“We had an established right for almost half a century, which is the right of women to make decisions about their own body as an extension of what we have decided to be, the privacy rights to which all people are entitled,” she continued. “This court took that constitutional right away. And we are suffering as a nation because of it.”
“That causes me great concern about the integrity of the court overall,” she stated. “Especially as someone who my life was inspired by people like Thurgood Marshall. The work on that court of Earl Warren to bring a unanimous court to pass Brown v. Board of Ed. This is the court that once, on once sat Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Conner. It’s a very different court.”
As Harris, a former prosecutor, is well aware, the court didn’t actually take anything away from the American people, and the decision had little to do with privacy rights.
In its decision, the court ruled that the right to legislate abortions must be returned to the individual states, as per the clear wording of the Constitution — something Harris clearly believes is a sometimes-helpful how-to guide and not the law of our land.
Luckily, users on Twitter were quick to call the Vice President out for her inflammatory take on the nation’s highest court.
“Thanks for reminding me what an idiot KH is,” tweeted one user.
“Returning an issue to the states (where it belonged) is not an activist court,” he continued. “Please spare me the emotion.”
Thanks for reminding me what an idiot KH is. Returning an issue to the states (where it belonged) is not an activist court. Please spare me the emotion.
— phil jorgensen (@philjorgensen3) September 10, 2022
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