As ye sow, so shall you reap
I gotta hand it to ya Chief Justice Roberts, you almost pulled it off. Unfortunately for you, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
You have tried hard to run a conservative, but centrist court. And for quite a while, you were able to get away with it, because the constitution of the court was 5-4 conservative, meaning that either Justice Anthony Kennedy or yourself could provide the critical swing vote to keep the court from flying off of the rails. But you made a fatal mistake, you underestimated.
First, like so many people, you underestimated not only Donald Trump, but his endless well of stupidity. Not only his stupidity, but his political and legal ignorance were legion. Every judicial appointment he put up, including SCOTUS appointments were driven by one thing, and one thing only, the applause they would generate for him with his base.
Secondly, when presented with SCOYUS nominations, you badly underestimated the perfidy of not only Mitch McConnell, but White House Counsel Don McGahn as well. With the death of your colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia, you never imagined that McConnell would hold the seat open for more than 300 days to allow an overstuffed poltroon like His Lowness to fill the seat.
And you also never considered that Traitor Tot, with the collusion of Don McGahn, would literally buy a seat on the court by enticing Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire, with the promise that Trump would elevate his one time protégé, the totally unqualified Brewski Brett Kavanaugh to the bench.
But your most tragic miscalculation was on the survival of the beloved (Notorious) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to survive. As well as that of Mitch McConnell to have even a modicum of humanity and respect. When Justice Ginsberg died, with less than 50 days to a general election, with people already voting, McConnell rammed through yet another third rate yahoo, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. And suddenly you had a radical 6-3 GOP population on the court.
But see, here’s the McGuffin. The founding fathers purposely and specifically designed the Supreme Court to be different. The Supreme Court was not granted any specific legislative or executive authority to enforce anything. The Supreme Court was set up specifically for one purpose, and one purpose only, the neutral and apolitical interpretation and application of the constitution to laws. That’s it gang.
If the President gets pissed at some foreign power, he can sic the Marines on them. He can use his bully pulpit and legislature to shape laws the way he thinks they should be. And if the legislative branch doesn’t like something, they can write and pass laws to restrict or regulate it. And if they think they’re getting dicked around, then, just like the executive branch, they have the DOJ and FBI to investigate and enforce those laws.
But the Supreme Court has no such enforcement mechanisms available to them. Their job is to take a law or issue, apply it to the constitution of the United States, and determine whether or not it is constitutional. That’s it. Their role is purely advisory. And if you’re going to get people to pay attention to you, you have to have their respect.
And I hate to say this John, but right now, the trust and favorability of the Supreme Court is right down there with genital warts. The last poll had Supreme Court support at 40%, the lowest it has ever been. And if you clowns overturn Roe v. Wade, you’ll see your trust level drop into the 20’s. Which is no Bueno. Because you have nothing to sell but your word, your opinion, and your integrity, and right now, none of them mean jack shit.
And you’re already starting to see the backlash. You personally, Justice Roberts, cast the deciding vote that overturned the pre clearance protections of a voting rights law that was an almost unanimous yea vote every time it came up. And now the Democratic led congress is pushing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to restore those pre conditions, and even grandfather them if possible. And the same congress is rushing to codify Roe v Wade into federal law before your decision, basically making it meaningless.
It is clear, the congress of the United States no longer respects your opinions and decisions, and neither does the majority of the country. And it’s only going to get worse, because not only can’t you stop it, you can’t even control it! Simply because your own court rules and procedures work against you. It only takes four justices to agree to accept a case for consideration to the court. So, no matter what you would like to do to control the direction, tenor, and slant of the court, you have five far right, ideological yahoos ready to force the court to hear whatever cases they want to hear.
And so Chief Justice Roberts, it is my duty to advise you that your are seriously boned. Sideways. You have completely lost control of your court, it’s ideology as well as it’s schedule. My honest opinion? Retire now, while you still have some fleeting reputation and legacy left. Restore the court to a 5-4 balance, with at least a chance of fairness. Because if you don’t, it is only going to get worse from here. The cases are going to get worse, the decisions are going to get worse, and the scorn of both the congress as well as the American people is only going to get worse. And as a result, your historical legacy is only going to get worse. Save yourself and your soul while there’s still time.