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Supreme Court Opinions Not Private Enough
http://www.anncoulter.org/ ^ | 11/6/03 | Anne Coulter

Posted on 12/06/2003 9:06:16 PM PST by duckln

Supreme Court Opinions Not Private Enough December 3, 2003

THE FIRST killing of an abortion doctor by an anti-abortion activist happened in 1993. Since then, six more people have been killed in attacks on abortion clinics, which is fewer people who ended up dead by being in the vicinity of recently released Weatherman Kathy Boudin. Most of the abortionists were shot or, depending upon your point of view, had a procedure performed on them with a rifle. This brings the total to: seven abortion providers to 30 million fetuses dead, which is also a pretty good estimate of how the political battle is going.

The nation embarked on its abortion holocaust in 1973, when the Supreme Court astonished the nation by suddenly discovering that the Constitution mandated a right to abortion, despite there being nothing anyplace in the Constitution vaguely hinting at abortion.

Everyone knew the decision in Roe v. Wade was a joke. The decision hinged on the convenient notion of "privacy," which, oddly enough, still fails to protect my right to manufacture methamphetamine, saw off shotgun barrels or euthanize the elderly, privately or otherwise. Even Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has said the decision was wrong.

During oral argument in Roe, the entire courtroom laughed when the lawyer arguing for abortion law ticked off a string of constitutional provisions allegedly violated by Texas' abortion law – the due process clause, the equal protection clause, the Ninth Amendment "and a variety of others." According to the "The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court" by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong, the law clerks felt as if they were witnessing "something embarrassing and dishonest" about the decision-making process in Roe, with the justices brokering trimesters and medical judgments like a group of legislators. Never has the phrase "judge, jury and executioner" been more apt than with regard to this landmark ruling.

The nation was so shocked and enraged by the ruling in Roe that ... state legislatures meekly rewrote their laws in accordance with the decision. The Supreme Court building wasn't burned down. No abortion doctors were killed for the next two decades. No state dared ignore the ruling in Roe. Even when dealing with lawless tyrants, conservatives have a fetish about following the law.

Instead, Americans who opposed abortion spent the next 20 years working within the system, electing two presidents, patiently waiting for Supreme Court justices to retire, fighting bruising nomination battles to get three Reagan nominees and two Bush nominees on the court. Then they passed an abortion law in Pennsylvania that was immediately appealed to the Supreme Court. At that point, Republican presidents had made 10 consecutive appointments to the Supreme Court. Surely, now, at long last, Americans would finally be allowed to have a say on the nation's abortion policy.

But the Supreme Court upheld the "constitutional right" to abortion announced in Roe. The decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey was written by Reagan's biggest mistake, Sandra Day O'Connor, his third-choice candidate Anthony Kennedy, and "stealth nominee" David Hackett Souter. The court's opinion declared that it was calling "the contending sides of a national controversy to end their national division by accepting a common mandate rooted in the Constitution." Eight months later, the first abortion doctor was killed.

Meanwhile, conservatives responded the way conservatives always do. They went back to the drawing board and came up with a plan. It was the same plan that hasn't worked for 30 years: Elect a Republican president, wait for openings on the court and keep your fingers crossed. It's been going swimmingly so far. We can't even get the stunningly brilliant Harvard law graduate and Honduran immigrant Miguel Estrada a spot on a court of appeals.

Having literally gotten away with murder for a quarter century, the court is getting wilder and wilder, deferring to "international law" and issuing nutty pronouncements more appropriate to a NAMBLA newsletter.

In the past few years, federal courts have proclaimed a right to sodomy (not in the Constitution), a right to partial-birth abortion (not in the Constitution), a right not to have a Democratic governor recalled (not in the Constitution), a right not to gaze upon the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse (not in the Constitution), a ban on the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance (not in the Constitution), and a ban on voluntary student prayers at high-school football games (not in the Constitution).

These bizarre rulings illustrate the notion of the Constitution as a "living document," one which rejects timeless moral principles so as to better reflect the storylines in this week's episode of "Ally McBeal." You may like or dislike the end result of these rulings, but – as subtly alluded to above – none of these rulings come from anything written in the Constitution.

In response to the court's sodomy ruling last term, conservatives are talking about passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. It's really touching how conservatives keep trying to figure out what constitutional mechanisms are available to force the courts to acknowledge the existence of the Constitution. But what is the point of a constitutional amendment when judges won't read the Constitution we already have? What will the amendment say? "OK, no fooling around – we really mean it this time!"

While conservatives keep pretending we live in a democracy, liberals are operating on the rule of the jungle. The idea of the rule of law is that if your daughter is raped and murdered, you won't go out and kill the guy who did it. In return for your forbearance, you get to vote for the rulers who will see that justice is done. But liberals cheat. They won't let us vote on an increasingly large number of issues by defining the entire universe – abortion, gay marriage, high-school convocations – as a "constitutional" issue.

In what weird parallel universe would Americans vote for abortion on demand, affirmative action, forced busing, licensing of gun owners and a ban on the death penalty? Whatever dangers lurk in a self-governing democracy, the American people have never, ever passed a law that led to the murder of 30 million unborn children.

Judges are not our dictators. The only reason the nation defers to rulings of the Supreme Court is because of the very Constitution the justices choose to ignore. At what point has the court made itself so ridiculous that we ignore it? What if the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to cannibalism? How about fascism? Does the nation respond by passing a constitutional amendment clearly articulating that there is no right to cannibalism or fascism in the Constitution?

Is there nothing five justices on the Supreme Court could proclaim that would finally lead a president to say: I refuse to pretend this is a legitimate ruling. Either the answer is no, and we are already living under a judicial dictatorship, or the answer is yes, and – as Churchill said – we're just bickering over the price.

It would be nice to return to our federalist system of government with three equal branches of government and 50 states, but one branch refuses to live within that system. How about taking our chances with a president and the Congress? Two branches are better than one.

There may be practical difficulties with the president and the states ignoring the court's abortion rulings – though there's nothing unlawful about following the Constitution and I for one would love to see it. But there is absolutely no excuse for the Massachusetts legislature jumping when Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall says "jump."

Marshall, immigrant and wife of New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, has recently proclaimed a right to gay marriage for all of Massachusetts. She has further demanded that the legislature rewrite the law in accordance with her wishes. One imagines Marshall leaping off the boat at Ellis Island and announcing: "I know just what this country needs! Anthony! Stop defending Pol Pot for five minutes and get me on a court!"

Granted, one can imagine how a woman married to the likes of Anthony Lewis might long for the sanctuary of a same-sex union. But that's no reason to foist it on Massachusetts.

Ms. Marshall has as much right to proclaim a right to gay marriage from the Massachusetts Supreme Court as I do to proclaim it from my column. The Massachusetts legislature ought to ignore the court's frivolous ruling – and cut the justices' salaries if they try it again.

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TOPICS: Editorial; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionists; blackrobedtyrants; coulter; courts; deathcultivation; gays; goodridge; judicialtyranny; judiciary; margaretmarshall; scotus
Ann's on the money. Bush should take on rouge federal justices. The House should start impeachments enmasse.
1 posted on 12/06/2003 9:06:17 PM PST by duckln
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To: duckln
Agreed and Agreed
2 posted on 12/06/2003 9:15:50 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: duckln
Having literally gotten away with murder for a quarter century, the court is getting wilder and wilder, deferring to "international law" and issuing nutty pronouncements more appropriate to a NAMBLA newsletter.


According to my fiduciary responsibilities as a Freeper,
I am posting a picture of Ann Coulter with my post.

3 posted on 12/06/2003 9:17:03 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: duckln
Ms. Marshall has as much right to proclaim a right to gay marriage from the Massachusetts Supreme Court as I do to proclaim it from my column. The Massachusetts legislature ought to ignore the court's frivolous ruling ? and cut the justices' salaries if they try it again.

Impeach all of them as duckln wrote, "en masse."

4 posted on 12/06/2003 9:22:14 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: duckln
"Judicial dictatorship" says it all. One king or nine kings -- it's all the same. The time is ripe for a revolution. Ann Coulter will be the verbal equivalent of General George Washington.
5 posted on 12/06/2003 9:23:24 PM PST by AZLiberty (Where Arizona turns for dry humor)
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To: duckln
and now the 9th Circus basically says that funding terrorism is not treason.
6 posted on 12/06/2003 9:57:53 PM PST by GeronL (Visit www.geocities.com/geronl.....and.....www.returnoftheprimitive.com)
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To: duckln
"Marshall, immigrant and wife of New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, has recently proclaimed a right to gay marriage for all of Massachusetts. She has further demanded that the legislature rewrite the law in accordance with her wishes. One imagines Marshall leaping off the boat at Ellis Island and announcing: "I know just what this country needs! Anthony! Stop defending Pol Pot for five minutes and get me on a court!" I'm from MA and didn't know this! Good work, Ann.
7 posted on 12/06/2003 9:59:01 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: jwalsh07; Howlin
It pains me, but this screed by this woman, is highly effective, and indeed close to a brilliant piece in the way it is constructed. Kudos for the talent displayed.
8 posted on 12/06/2003 9:59:28 PM PST by Torie
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter
ping
9 posted on 12/06/2003 10:37:39 PM PST by IncPen (Mind if I tag along?)
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To: Torie
Another brilliant Coulter piece...Ping!!
10 posted on 12/06/2003 10:54:05 PM PST by lainde
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To: duckln
Throughout history it has been acknowledged that the taking of a life in the defense of an innocent person is not a crime.

Who can be more innocent than an unborn child?

Abortion: the most selfish 'choice' any human can make.
11 posted on 12/06/2003 11:10:23 PM PST by jimkress (America has become Soviet Union Lite)
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To: duckln
In statements in January and in April of 1973, the Catholic bishops of the U.S. announced that Roe was null, and that it did not alter any of the obligations of any public official. In other words, the bishops took the official position that Roe and Doe were to be disobeyed, and that anyone (such as the fifty governors and the fifty state legislatures) who obeyed the Supreme Court's commands would be committing criminal acts. The bishops then promptly forgot about their statements and resumed their lifelong snuggling up to Democrats.
12 posted on 12/06/2003 11:19:16 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: jimkress
Abortion: the most selfish 'choice' any human can make.
13 posted on 12/06/2003 11:43:33 PM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (You can't see where we're going when you don't look where we've been.)
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To: duckln; Keyes2000mt; Carry_Okie; EternalVigilance; ElkGroveDan; PeoplesRep_of_LA; ...
Americans who opposed abortion spent the next 20 years working within the system, electing two presidents, patiently waiting for Supreme Court justices to retire, fighting bruising nomination battles to get three Reagan nominees and two Bush nominees on the court...

But the Supreme Court upheld the "constitutional right" to abortion announced in Roe. The decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey was written by Reagan's biggest mistake, Sandra Day O'Connor, his third-choice candidate [after Bork -- remember him? -- and anther Ginsberg (IIRC) piloried not like Bader(-meinhof)-Ginsberg for her actually being a leader of the RICO eligible ACLU (oops -- imagine that -- the GOP senators somehow let that fact slide by) but for allegedly smoking dope] Anthony Kennedy, and "stealth nominee" David Hackett Souter....

Meanwhile, conservatives responded the way conservatives always do. They went back to the drawing board and came up with a plan.... Elect a Republican president, wait for openings on the court and keep your fingers crossed.... We can't even get the stunningly brilliant Harvard law graduate and Honduran immigrant Miguel Estrada a spot on a court of appeals....

...the notion of the Constitution as a "living document," [whose ever-growing penumbra's current state is mystically divined by 5 of 9 black robes for their idea of "compelling state interest" rather than the overly restrictive (for justices of their exaltation, I mean really? -- sniff) means of amending the constitution to let it grow as it was intended. (Sorry Anne -- I just know you could have said something like this.)]


14 posted on 12/07/2003 1:14:54 AM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (You can't see where we're going when you don't look where we've been.)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla
You have made some very good points here.
15 posted on 12/07/2003 5:01:41 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross
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To: duckln
This is probably the woman we need to elect president some day.

She's a combo of Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Maggie Thatcher....Steel Nerve & Logic.

There comes a time to ignore the Supreme Court.

I, too, can read. The document doesn't say what they say it says. It will get to a point that that fact is far too obvious.
16 posted on 12/07/2003 5:03:58 AM PST by xzins (Proud to be Army!)
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To: xzins
No matter how you feel about these issues, Ann has one thing completely wrong. Just because it is not listed as a right in the constitution does not mean it is illegal. The Constitution and our Bill of Rights were not meant to be an all inclusive list of what we are permitted to do.
17 posted on 12/07/2003 5:34:58 AM PST by meia
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To: meia
I fear you have missed the whole point.

The point is that the constitution says not a word about these things she has mentioned no matter what convoluted logic the judges use to arrive at their desired endpoint.

It doesn't say it.

Therefore, the matter at hand is not theirs to decide.

It is a matter to be left alone or to be debated by the people. It is a matter for the people via their legislatures to make laws if those become necessary.
18 posted on 12/07/2003 5:47:26 AM PST by xzins (Proud to be Army!)
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To: duckln
How many Army divisions does the Supreme Court have?
19 posted on 12/07/2003 8:18:51 AM PST by expatpat
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To: Avoiding_Sulla
Thanks for the Coulter pro-life ping. The courts have usurped power and must be stopped in their tracks.

Do we have any elected official who has the leadership qualities to boldly proclaim this reality?

Our president might be that leader, but currently is embroiled in another major battle. But if we lose our country to these Marxists, is it worth winning that other battle???
20 posted on 12/07/2003 11:14:00 AM PST by DLfromthedesert (Never fear; God is in charge!!!)
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To: lainde
Another brilliant Coulter piece

I'm sorry, but this is the most brilliant, compelling piece she's ever written. In one article she's identified the single most dangerous threat to our Republic. The Nazis, the Japanese, Al Qaeda and ever other threat to America haven't come anywhere close to killing 30 million Americans like abortion has. We ignore this article at our own peril and that of generations to come.

21 posted on 12/07/2003 11:23:26 AM PST by Spiff (Have you committed one random act of thoughtcrime today?)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla
Conservatives are hesitant to state this glaring fact: one-half of the liberal majority of the U.S. Supreme Court was appointed not just by Republican presidents, but by "conservatives" Reagan and Bush! Had Reagan and Bush done their homework, we would now have a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
22 posted on 12/07/2003 11:53:49 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Torie
I know we see Ann C a bit differently at times but I always get a kick out of her stuff. I see her as the sassy daughter who is willing to take one on the chin to get in a few shots of her own. She makes me laugh and that is always a good thing but she's sharp as well although she's prone to throwing haymakers in a debate which allows the opponent to jab her at will. But she always gets up and fires back which is what endears her to this reader.
23 posted on 12/07/2003 12:34:12 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: duckln
Bump for Coulter
24 posted on 12/07/2003 2:01:48 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Don't avoid. Read Joe Guzzardi.)
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To: meia
Just because it is not listed as a right in the constitution does not mean it is illegal. The Constitution and our Bill of Rights were not meant to be an all inclusive list of what we are permitted to do.

Ms Coulter does seem to think that Constitution (and the Bill of Rights) is a limitation on the people rather than on the government. (This view was discussed in the Federalist and anti-Federalists papers.)

25 posted on 12/07/2003 2:07:05 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla
All that the RINOs we've elected have served to do is to let the scheming enslavers heat up the frog-stewing water more slowly! (Sorry -- already boiled over 30 million American "tadpoles.")

The battle of inches over SCOTUS appointees is a WASTE OF TIME since the R's are almost as liberal as the D's these days. The best way to defeat the courts is by MASS DEFIANCE. The court have no power over legislatures and governors. If states will start openly defying bad rulings, judges can't do squat about it. What are they going to do - send in the Army? That is precisely what the Gov. of Alabama and their legislature should have done in the face of that horrible ruling against Judge Roy Moore's 10 commandment display. NOW IS THE TIME FOR DEFIANCE! Judges can't do anything in the face of mass defiance! It's time to STOP ACCEPTING the rulings of bad judges as good law - many are BAD LAW and it is the duty of every single freedom-loving American to DEFY THEM.

26 posted on 12/08/2003 11:35:43 AM PST by exmarine (sic semper tyrannis)
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