In a rare and appalling move, several Democratic Senators have filed a brief with the US Supreme Court that includes not only a blatant threat to the Court but also the accusation that the court is politically corrupt.
The threat comes this week as part of a brief that was filed on Monday in relation to a New York City gun law. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, which is backed by the NRA is taking the city to court over a law that prohibits gun owners from transporting a licensed, locked, and unloaded firearm anywhere in the city besides one of seven local gun ranges. The group has fought the city on this litigation for several years, which has caused the laws to be loosened slightly.
The city now claims that since these laws have been loosened the case should be dropped. However, the NRA backed group still fights it, saying that the entire law violates the Second Amendment. Thus, the case has the opportunity to be brought before the Supreme Court.
However, high-profile Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, Mazie Hirono, Richard, Durbin, and White House hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand would rather it not be taken before the court, with the fear that it would rule in favor of the gun law being abolished, therefore not allowing similar laws to be put in place in other cities or locations.
Their brief to the Court insists that the case not be seen and furthermore permanently dropped. Ok, fine. Everyone, including these senators, has the right to let their opinion be known, and the point of mootness in a case is not all that uncommon.
But the request came with massive accusations that the court and “its decisions are ‘motivated mainly by politics.’” To give evidence to this claim, they detail exactly how much money was spent by the NRA to support Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, accuse the petitioners of being puppets merely playing their part in a not-so transparent cause, and question the funds being used to support the case against New York City.
In addition, they accuse the court of siding with the Republican Party on a large number of cases that would seem to benefit the party or its causes directly. According to the brief, “With bare partisan majorities, the Court has influenced sensitive areas like voting rights, partisan gerrymandering, dark money, union power, regulation of pollution, corporate liability, and access to federal court, particularly regarding civil rights and discrimination in the workplace.”
The senators state, “Every single time, the corporate and Republican political interests prevailed.”
However, they fail to mention the hundreds of cases where party lines are not so apparent and where several Republican judges have crossed those lines to vote with liberals. Trump picks Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, in particular, have swung to the Democratic side several times since being put in the Court.
Nor did they mention the lockstep voting done by progressives. They also don’t acknowledge the inordinate amount of funds paid by liberal groups to support the confirmation of progressive judges. Hmmm?
Basically, what it boils down to is that they are unhappy that President Trump has been able to put conservative-leaning judges into the court that would rule against their agenda. They want what they want and incite an injustice is being done because at the moment they are getting it.
Yet, when Obama did the same thing during his tenure, you didn’t hear a squawk of un-approval, did you? Of course not.
But these Senators rant isn’t finished. And the worst is yet to come.
They end the brief by saying:
“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 heal.”
Yes, because if at first you don’t succeed…threaten. That always works. Not. Let’s just hope the Court sees this for what it actually is, a blatant attempt by unruly children to get what they want when they want it.