Today the President tried to bully the Supreme Court into ruling his way on the Obamacare individual mandate.
“Ultimately, I’m confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step in overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” the President said.
Interesting how Obama framed that-since when is a one vote margin a strong majority?
And if the Court is supposed to rule based on legislative majorities, maybe the POTUS can explain how the Supreme Court struck down segregation laws even though they were supported by a strong majority of state legislators… and a strong majority of the Democrats in Congress. Does that mean the President believes the Warren court was wrong?
“I just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard was the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. “Well, this is a good example and I’m pretty confident this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
Now we can understand why the president hides his law school transcripts, he has no idea what Judicial restraint is! By judicial restraint it is meant that the court not go beyond the boundaries of the Constitution in making decisions.
“There’s not only an economic element to this, a legal element to this, but there’s a human element to this,” Obama said. “And I hope that’s not forgotten in this political debate.”
There is a human element to every law, that has nothing to do with the courts ruling. The court is not supposed to rule on whether a bill or policy is needed, just whether the way it is implemented in a bill agrees with the Constitution.
Obama’s statement is all about intimidation. This is Barack Obama believing he an infallible, imperial leader.
This is not the first time this President has tried to intimidate the court. During his 2010 State of the Union Address, he lied about the court’s decision in the Citizens United Case,
“Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.” Justice Alito shook his head and mouthed, “Not true.”
Today just as he did over two years ago during his State of the Union speech, President Obama is acting like a mere street bully. He is attacking he court at a time when it is impossible for the court to respond. To the justices of the court, the constitutional separation of powers are even more important than the ruling on one specific case, our republic depends on that separation.
If the justices did vote to strike down the law on Friday, Obama’s street bully tactics will make them more steadfast in their decision.
The Supreme Court does not respond well to presidential bullying, and neither should the American people.