Supreme Court puts America back on track
The hard left has gone hysterical over recent Supreme Court rulings. Like former President Donald Trump and Stacey Abrams, he can’t stand losing.
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court walked away — at least for now — from developing an abortion policy by dismissing Roe v. Wade.
The court restricted the arrogance of congressional legislative power by executive branch agencies in West Virginia v. EPA. He effectively told the federal agency that it couldn’t use a vague provision of an old law to write sweeping regulations for a new problem – in this case, forcing utilities to upgrade or throw out old power plants. coal and gas to promote green energy – free Congress passes new law.
Other rulings will require state and local governments to have more compelling targets and surgically targeted remedies when they violate constitutional rights.
In Kennedy v. Bremerton and Carson v. Makin, the court effectively derailed the anti-religious public school by saying teachers and students could pray in private, and states could not discriminate against church-sponsored schools if they gave aid private schools in general.
In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, it’s been said that the right to keep and bear arms is just that – what good is a gun if you can’t carry it to protect yourself in a place like Chicago?
New York and Connecticut have some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but those haven’t stopped the mass shootings in Buffalo and Sandy Hook.
Progressives react like spoiled royals whose divine right has been expropriated by a violent mob. The fact is, progressives have grown accustomed to using the courts to circumvent the legislative process – and the consent of the governed – to violate constitutional rights on abortion and gender issues, racial preferences, gun rights , climate change and broader economic regulation.
When it comes to abortion, research shows that women who are denied abortions are less likely to complete school and achieve financial success. It would be convincing if we were in the 1960s, but these days contraception is readily available.
The pro-choice movement will develop effective mechanisms to help women travel from conservative states to more promiscuous jurisdictions.
Dobbs won’t change much about the incidence of abortions. It will take state legislatures or Congress to decide on the matter and weigh differing views on what should be legal when a fetus emerges into a human being.
What hyperventilated progressives protesting outside the Supreme Court refuse to acknowledge is that for five decades, about 50% of registered voters have said abortion should only be legal in certain circumstances.
The mainstream media would like you to think that similar crowds across the country represent a majority when in fact they don’t even represent a plurality of public opinions.
The Court’s conservative majority is not leading a mad charge against reactionary values, but rather bringing the country back to the first principles the Constitution was designed to uphold – private property rights, free and competitive markets, and essential limited government. to individual freedom.
It does not mean a blind faith in self-interest, business and carefree capitalism – or that constitutionally guaranteed rights are absolute – but it does require that when governments encroach on our freedom, they do so with a purpose. compelling, minimal intrusion and reasonable prospects their actions will achieve their goals. And when competing values and moral judgments are at stake, legislators accountable to the people write the rules, not life-appointed jurists.
The Supreme Court does not need to overturn the Constitution to guarantee women’s freedoms. They make up the majority of voters, and no state legislature or Congress could get away with outlawing birth control – the very foundation of women’s reproductive rights.
In all the histrionics over recent rulings, the left forgot to mention that the Supreme Court upheld President Biden’s decision to end the removal of asylum seekers to Mexico pending a hearing. Mexico’s cooperation is necessary and the Constitution assigns foreign policy to the President.
The Conservatives are very disappointed, but they too must take their pieces.
The most consequential recent decision was West Virginia v. EPA, not Dobbs. Too many failures in the American economy emanate from the interference of executive bureaucrats without legitimate authority or reasoned purpose.
Americans generally agree that the power grid needs to go green and the automobile needs to go electric. Utilities and automakers are moving as fast as they can, and it just makes no sense to force the conversion and decommissioning of polluting factories, to strip oil companies of drilling leases, to increase severance pay and to force the mothballing of refineries.
These provide little real benefit on CO2 emissions, but impose substantially higher gas prices and inflation across the economy.
All the Supreme Court is doing is forcing the main players in the drama called America to stick to their assigned roles, stay the course, and let the American people build a better society through their imaginations. , his company and his reasoned choices.
• Peter Morici is an economist, professor of business emeritus at the University of Maryland and national columnist.