White House Watch: OKing SCOTUS Intimidation
“Biden’s White House doesn’t seem to care that angry crowds have descended on the homes of six conservative Supreme Court justices to protest the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade,” Joe Concha thunders to The Hill. The left-wing group Ruth Sent Us has published the addresses of six judges, including several with “children at home”. Pushed on whether that’s “extreme,” Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded, “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people are protesting.” Federal law prohibits “picketing or parades” with “the intent to influence a judge” if it is “in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such a judge.” Said Concha: ‘Maybe another reporter from the daily briefing can pick up on this: ‘By not convicting him,’ the Biden team is ‘tacitly condoning the bullying of judges in their homes’.
Urban rhythm: gentrification of tariff evasion
“As more transit riders who can afford to pay for tickets skip them instead, will US cities step up efforts to increase collections?” asks Dorothy Moses Schulz at the City Journal. We are witnessing the “gentrification of fare evasion,” with Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Janno Lieber complaining that “people dressed in designer clothes, wearing $7 lattes,” are “waltzing through the emergency doors” in tony quarters. Lieber, notes Schulz, wants to encourage payment through “education” and “consider technological, design and personnel solutions to limit evasion” – that is, “options other than citation, summons or arrest of those who do not pay the tariff”. But refusing to “enforce the law” is “a recipe for falling fare revenue, increasing fare evasion and skyrocketing crime.”
Libertarian: Do Roe supporters get it?
Polls suggest that some people who support Roe v. Wade “don’t fully understand what that entails,” says Reason’s Jacob Sullum. In a Gallup survey, 63% said the Supreme Court shouldn’t overrule Roe, but “54% thought their own states should pass a law banning abortion after 15 weeks” — the exact issue in the case that has generated the draft decision. The ‘key question’ is ‘not what most Americans think about abortion’, but ‘whether the Constitution guarantees a right to abortion’ or ‘places limits on state regulation of abortion’ . The leaked opinion and oral arguments indicate that “most judges think that is not the case.”
From the Right: What the Liberals Did
“Conservatism will be like Friedrich Nietzsche meets Beavis and Butt-Head if things continue,” Daniel McCarthy warns Spectator World. “Conservatism draws its strength from four forces: Christianity; patriotism of the heart; the philosophy of Edmund Burke, Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers; and repulsion against the left. But as “religious identification falls and patriotism of the heart is redefined as hatred, philosophical conservatives can only complain.” Progressives have “a virtual monopoly on cultural power and hegemony in corporate America”. Still, conservatives aren’t fading away in politics, with the GOP sure to make gains this year. Why? “The more powerful the left becomes, the more obvious its failures become, and the more it gives free rein to its despotic desires, the more Americans rebel.” Eventually, “their fate will be articulated by new philosophers, who will offer prescriptions for a social order that is no longer in fact based on Christianity or local affection. Don’t blame Donald Trump – this harsh new law is the result of liberalism.
Conservative: Public not with Democrats on abortion
“Democrats are unlikely to see the wave of angry abortion-rights voters they hope come midterm election day” because the Supreme Court leak “is mostly a desperate attempt and opportunistic to distract from the Democrats’ biggest policy challenge this year,” predicted Hugo Gurdon of the Washington Examiner. “President Joe Biden and the Democrats have turned a strong economy into a damaged and worrisome economy. All questions other than this pale in the minds of voters. In addition, Democrats exaggerate public support for abortion: 43% of Americans “want it outright banned or allowed only in specific circumstances.” Still, “you can’t blame the Democrats for hanging on to straws as they drown in an election year.”
– Compiled by the Editorial Board of The Post
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