I was reading another RedState contributor’s diary, and I noticed that as a result of his lack of knowledge of the Constitution, Chris Wallace stated, “when the Supreme Court rules, it rules.” This could be enough to pour oil on troubled waters in a freshman college classroom (or on NBC, for those familiar enough with both to know the difference) but it doesn’t track historically, as there are numerous instances of Supreme Court rulings that have been proven bad, misguided, or in the eyes of the Left, justification for eliminating the Court altogether.
WARNING: the following may induce mild-to-moderate butthurt among Liberals. More sensitive persons may want to have their mommies on standby.
Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) – the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that slaves were not American citizens (it also effectively ended the Missouri compromise, making slavery legal nationwide, but that’s rather beside the point.) The Dredd Scott decision stated that slaves were property, and could be passed on to one’s descendants like that tacky desk lamp that electrocutes you if you don’t unplug it before you turn it on.
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) – SCOTUS upheld a Louisiana state law that mandated segregated spaces for black and white passengers on trains. This established the concept of “separate but equal,” a notion that was used to defend segregation for decades.
Liberals love to make allusions to slavery and Republicans being a bunch of more fashion-forward klukkers*, but if truly “when the Supreme Court rules, it rules” then black people would still be non-citizens, compelled to use different public facilities.
Let’s move to something more recent:
Bush v. Gore (2000) – SCOTUS ruled that different methods of counting ballots in Florida violated the Fourthteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause and found the Florida recount invalid, meaning that Bush won Florida. As late as 2009 I knew a Liberal that was still harping on the 2000 election.
And now, la pièce de résistance (pardon my French):
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) – now we arrive at the beating heart of the shrieking Liberal that claims the Supreme Court is no longer needed. This case allowed private companies to donate money to political campaigns, effectively putting them on the same playing field as Unions (no wonder the left started throwing tantrums for befitting an eight-year-old bereft of ice cream than major political leaders.
The left claims that any case on which the Supreme Court has ruled is a matter of “settled law” (assuming they agree with it, then Obama will excoriate them in his State of the Union speech.) Unfortunately for them (and all Statists) the Supreme Court has proven itself fallible on numerous occasions. The list above is by no means an exhaustive one, just what I could find in about fifteen minutes of light googling. Ultimately this is why the Left hates history, because history rarely supports their arguments.
*Klukkers: n. members of the Ku Klux Klan. (I think I read it in a Tom Clancy novel once, and I liked it, so there it is.)