Sometimes significant eras of the Supreme Court in the
United States get named. For example, The Warren Court, refers to the period during which Earl Warren served as Chief Justice from 1953 to 1969 and is widely regarded as the most liberal court in the history of the States. We here at The Objective Observer believe that the current Supreme Court deserves its own name in the annals of history as well. As for the name? How about “The Do Nothing Court”. United
Look, we’re just going to come right out and say it. Chief Justice Roberts is, well, it just seems like he is kind of…well…a pussy. There, we said it. Look, we apologize for the coarse language but there’s just no other word that better conveys the sentiment. Chief Justice Roberts appears to be so concerned about keeping the Supreme Court out of the realm of politics that his dumb eunuch ass is causing some real damage to America. Perhaps it is some keen mental calculation to avoid some hypothesized “greater harm” but at the end of the day it just looks like he doesn’t have the balls to tackle the real issues.
And let’s talk about those real issues:
- Emoluments – Emoluwhats? Well, that’s pretty much what Roberts’ “The Do Nothing Court” said after recently dodging the question of whether or not President Trump essentially received unlawful gifts because of exactly how he organized his trust. In effect, the Supreme Court gutted the case by avoiding it but, you know, corruption, money in politics, using power for personal gain, just going to leave that one sit, eh?
- Election – Texas v. Pennsylvania, 592 U.S. ___ (2020) – Refused to hear, lack of standing. Seriously, there tens, if not hundreds, of millions of American’s that want clarity on whether secretaries of states can circumvent state legislatures and unilaterally change election laws, a seemingly clear violation of the Constitution, and you take a pass? Article Two of the Constitution states “each state chooses members of the Electoral College in a manner directed by each state’s respective legislature“ and the Roberts’ “Do Nothing Court” is just going to let everyone twist in the wind on this so, what? We can have an even more contentious election next time? Idiocy.
- Gun rights – Roberts’ “The Do Nothing Court” has steadfastly refused to hear gun rights cases since the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), which established an individual right to gun possession and the subsequent lesser heralded (because it was obvious) McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), which stated that the Second Amendment applied to cities and states. Perhaps Roberts considers the issue settled, but there are still important questions and loose ends that need to be clarified like whether gun rights extend outside one’s home and whether certain types of semi-automatic rifles can be banned.
Instead, Chief Justice Roberts’ “The Do Nothing Court” has tackled such hard hitting cases as:
- Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, where the court found that “the Court’s ERISA preemption jurisprudence, in particular, is divorced from the relevant statutory text”. Thanks for clearing that up.
- United States v. Briggs, where the Court rejected that “a five-years statute of limitations for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice applied to rape prosecutions”. Oddly specific?
- Carney v. Adams, in which the Court rejected…oh, never mind. This was another dodge, lack of standing. Even though the law being challenged prevented the complainant from actually achieving standing. Sooo…
- Tanzin v. Tanvir, those infringed by the federal government under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) can get money. Yay! Greed! For those of you not familiar with RFRA, this law reinstated the Sherbert Test, which we believe has something to do with how much milk or cream is in a dairy product…
Sure, one might debate the perceived politics of The Warren Court. One might even debate if The Warren Court was good or bad for the image of the Supreme Court. What one cannot debate is the immense historical significance of The Warren Court in deciding such landmark cases involving:
- Racial segregation: Brown v. Board of Education, Bolling v. Sharpe, Cooper v. Aaron, Gomillion v. Lightfoot, Griffin v. County School Board, Green v. School Board of New Kent County, Lucy v. Adams, Loving v. Virginia
- Voting, redistricting, and malapportionment: Baker v. Carr, Reynolds v. Sims, Wesberry v. Sanders
- Criminal procedure: Brady v. Maryland, Mapp v. Ohio, Miranda v. Arizona, Escobedo v. Illinois, Gideon v. Wainwright, Katz v. United States, Terry v. Ohio
- Free speech: New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, Brandenburg v. Ohio, Yates v. United States, Roth v. United States, Jacobellis v. Ohio, Memoirs v. Massachusetts, Tinker v. Des Moines School District
- Establishment Clause: Engel v. Vitale, Abington School District v. Schempp
- Free Exercise Clause: Sherbert v. Verner
- Right to privacy and reproductive rights: Griswold v. Connecticut
- Cruel and unusual punishment: Trop v. Dulles, Robinson v. California
The Warren Court was not afraid to take on the tough issues of the day and this provided clarity for Americans living in the racially turbulent times of the Civil Rights Era. In stark contrast, Chief Justice Roberts’ “The Do Nothing Court” seemingly seeks at every turn to do everything it can to simply avoid taking on any and all tough questions, keeping issues muddled and Americans in the dark.
At such a turbulent time in American history, we think the American people need the clarity that only a strong Supreme Court can provide. Even if many do not like the answer, clarity is better than uncertainty. Unfortunately, we instead seem to have a Supreme Court intent on doing nothing, keeping the waters muddy, confusing the American people and building the lasting legacy of being nothing more than a forgotten footnote in history.
OK, fine, we apologize to you Chief Justice Roberts for calling you a pussy. But, seriously man, grow a pair already.