(UnitedVoice.com) – History has a way of repeating itself. In the 1960s, Democrats warned Supreme Court Justices to vote “correctly,” — i.e., the way they wanted them to, or face the consequences. For decades, the Left used the Court to institute radical reforms that weren’t possible legislatively. Over the last twenty years, that ended as Republican presidents nominated originalist justices who are now a 6-3 majority of the court.
Since Democrats can no longer use the High Court to achieve their goals, and the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) could overturn previous left-wing court decisions, they are turning to extreme rhetoric and exaggeration. College professors and Democrats suggest the Constitution is no longer working, and that’s because of the tilt rightward by the SCOTUS. However, it seems Democrats are losing that argument with voters.
Chief Justice the Most Popular Political Figure
While President Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to hemorrhage, Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) aren’t far behind. Amid the voter dissatisfaction with Congress and the President, one figure stands tall above all of them.
According to a new Gallup poll, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is the most popular politician in America. The poll says 60% of voters approve of the Chief Justice. So much for ‘democracy is dying thanks to the US Supreme Court.’ That’s crushing news for Democrats.
If the 6-3 Republican-confirmed majority can re-establish the Constitution and the rule of law with the public’s full support, the consequences for Progressives are devastating. Democrats and the liberal media viciously attacked the Supreme Court for over a year. They sought to undermine their Constitutional authority and provoke the Justices into voting for their extreme causes under threat of court-packing.
The Left needed to demonize the court and create outrage against the Justices to achieve their goal.
It’s not working.
The Court Is Not a Threat to Democracy — It’s Just the Opposite
Far-left Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continue to call on Congress to expand the court and appoint enough progressive socialist judges to override the current conservative majority. They allege the court is undermining “popular democracy.” The question at the very heart of the issue is, what are the roles of citizens and the government in today’s society?
The framers of the Constitution purposely rejected popular democracy, making America a representative republic. In Federalist 10, James Madison wrote, “…such [pure] democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
The US Supreme Court serves as an institution that resists popular demands and impulses to ensure adherence to the Constitution. Justices are insulated from political pressure and intimidation through lifetime appointments, standing against the tyranny of the majority, as Madison described it.
The Supreme Court is the defender and guarantor of the Constitution.
Whether or not Roberts is popular isn’t the point. It doesn’t matter where the court is concerned. What matters is the Left’s attempt at circumventing the Constitution hasn’t succeeded in persuading the public. In 2022, that will be the central contrast between Democrats and Republicans in the wake of Democrats’ attempts to transform America in 2021 and potentially in the first six months of 2022.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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