In light of both Friday’s annual March for Life in protest of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obvious health issues, Fox News host Laura Ingraham warned that the Supreme Court has “become a super-governmental force,” adding that the court’s unelected justices were never intended to hold so much power.
Court more powerful than framers intended
Noting a recent Marist poll which showed that a significant majority of Americans favored imposing limiting restrictions on abortions, Ingraham said, “That means the Supreme Court is actually out of sync with most Americans on that issue.”
“Not that any of that matters, because we’ve given so much power to the Supreme Court to run roughshod over the will of the people in the states, that it’s become a super-governmental force,” she continued.
“Our framers never intended that unelected judges would have power over politics and our culture like this,” she added.
“Because it’s a question, addressed time and again, by really smart minds, like the late great Justice Antonin Scalia.”
She proceeded to play a clip of the late Justice Antonin Scalia explaining how abortion wasn’t mentioned in the Constitution and was an issue that should have been left to the states to decide for themselves.
Unfortunately, such decisions have not been left to the people and states, and the left has increasingly made use of the courts and partisan activist judges to impose their agenda on the nation.
The court then vs. the court now
As the court grows more powerful, the stakes increase. Ingraham noted the politically-driven “chaos and ugliness” of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as compared to when Scalia and Ginsburg were confirmed to the court decades ago.
Both were confirmed overwhelmingly, and, despite their ideological differences, were great friends.
With an eye toward Ginsburg’s status as a liberal icon and her recent health issues, the ideological balance of the court and the inevitable bitter fight to eventually replace her on the court, Ingraham compared the media’s coverage of her health issues with the way in which they’ve covered President Donald Trump’s health.
If it is appropriate for the media to question Trump’s health and fitness for the job, why should it not be appropriate to ask the same questions of Supreme Court justices, she asked.
“With all the weighty issues facing the High Court, everything from immigration to ObamaCare’s contraceptive rules, the stakes are really high now,” said Ingraham.
“And as we all wish the justices long and happy lives, do Americans have the right to be reassured that 28-year old law clerks aren’t exercising undue influence, especially when the court has outsized powers over matters of life and death,” Ingraham concluded. “These are big questions we all face.”