Thursday's decisions by the Supreme Court were a major defeat for certain Democrat politicians and liberal activists. Yes, Obamacare was preserved in a 7-2 decision, and in another 9-0 decision, religious liberty was preserved. But liberal court packing activists lost yesterday. As the Committee for Justice wrote:
Consider the contrast between reality and Democrats' exaggerated predictions and fear mongering. Last fall, during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic senator after Democratic senator told stories of constituents who would suffer, if not die, were Barrett confirmed. She would provide the fifth "far right" vote for striking down the Affordable Care Act, they said, some of them implying that Barrett had promised President Trump to strike down the ACA in return for her nomination. . . .
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed, but so much for closely divided far right decisions and constituents robbed of health insurance by a nefarious deal between Barrett and Trump. Instead, what we got today was a 7-2 rejection of the challenge to the ACA with Barrett in the majority, a unanimous and narrow decision protecting religious objections to same-sex marriage, and an overall picture of a moderate Court which will sometimes disappoint liberals, sometimes disappoint conservatives, and often the split the baby.
Beyond Senate Democrats looking foolish, why does this matter? Because Democrats and their allies on the Left are doing it again: using exaggerated predictions and scare tactics—Roe v. Wade will be overturned, Jim Crow will return, democracy will die, etc.—to convince us that their radical plan to pack the Supreme Court with Biden appointees is imperative.
While Democrats claim their court packing proposals are about making the Supreme Court less partisan or more balanced, the opposite is true. Their proposals are aimed at sweeping away the current balanced composition of the Court, which results in decisions that anger conservatives as often as liberals, and creating a Court that will reliably ratify and advance the Left's political agenda.
Longtime Senate Judiciary Committee member and Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley noted:
.@ChuckGrassley statement on today's Obamacare court decision, specifically on Dems' warnings last year that Amy Coney Barrett would gut the health care law: "They lied, lied, lied."— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) June 17, 2021
Casey Mattox put out a humorous tweet that is unfortunately accurate:
Justice Barrett, how many politicians and writers who claimed you were being placed on the Court as a predetermined 5th vote to strike down Obamacare will now apologize for their demagoguery? pic.twitter.com/4ygA6JcadY— Casey Mattox (@CaseyMattox_) June 17, 2021
Court packing threats and “dark money” conspiracies are really about threatening the Court. As Matt Whitlock noted:
Nice of Sheldon Whitehouse to say the quiet part out loud -- that he is ACTUALLY trying to threaten the court into landing on outcomes he wants.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 17, 2021
If he'd listened to Barrett's answers instead of planning conspiracy theory presentations he wouldn't be surprised by this ruling. https://t.co/WiqmQmIEJa
But today was not just about liberals' lies on Justice Barrett being exposed; it was also a big win for religious liberty.
#BREAKING: Foster moms Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch can continue fostering children in partnership with their faith-affirming foster agency, Catholic Social Services. #SCOTUS unanimously ruled just moments ago: https://t.co/uUocT5Nx8P #FreeToFoster @FreeToFoster pic.twitter.com/7DCRSXwg2u— BECKET (@BECKETlaw) June 17, 2021
And in another blow against “court packing," the Court decided the case unanimously!
Kudos to the Chief Justice here for leading a unanimous Court to this judgement. /4— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) June 17, 2021
The Court is not a partisan body unlike its highly partisan liberal detractors. While not perfect, it is doing its job to defend the Constitution to the best of its ability. Democrat politicians need to leave the Supreme Court alone.