We don’t know who leaked the draft of the high court’s Roe v. Wade decision, but whoever it was, he or she was almost certainly a leftist Democrat. How do we know this? They, more than any other group, have a bred-in-the-bone hatred for America’s constitutional order that borders on the pathological.
Most Americans don’t know this. Indeed, they believe that, whatever policy differences we have, we’re all one in loving America’s Constitution and the rights and freedoms it protects. Yet, whenever the left is upset at a Supreme Court decision, it instantly calls for radical changes so it can win in the future.
It’s the equivalent of saying, hey, if you can’t win the game within the rules, just change the rules, as Victor Davis Hanson recently observed.
That’s just what the left wants to do, demanding that we “enlarge” the Supreme Court by packing it with lefty progressives in response to the possible overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision.
But this hostile attitude toward the Constitution and the Supreme Court is nothing new. Indeed, it’s as old as the progressive movement itself, which dates back to the post-Civil War era. More recently, it was nicely summed up by a headline at the leftist website Vox: “The case against the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Where does this come from? The left wants so much more big government that they don’t want the Constitution to stand in their way. They would rather be able to dictate from Washington, under permanent control of deep-state denizens and progressive elites, how Americans everywhere live their lives.
“The Constitution prevented the early 20th century ‘progressive’ geniuses from doing what they wanted to and believed they should do,” wrote attorney, constitutional scholar, and political blogger Harvey Cody. “‘Progressives’ had a problem, however. The vast majority of the voting public loved the Constitution. It had propelled America from an insignificant group of colonies to an economic powerhouse and a major world power in an amazingly short period of time. The only way ‘progressives’ could gain the power they so savored was to undermine the legitimacy of the Constitution.”
It’s been that way ever since.
From Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, down to Barack Obama and current President Joe Biden, leftist politicians have been at war with the Constitution.
This is on full display now in the White House, with Biden even refusing to criticize the clearly illegal breaching of the Supreme Court’s internal workings. It’s on display, too, in Congress, with the Democrats’ threats and extremist rhetoric endangering both the Supreme Court — the institution dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitution — and the justices who do the people’s work there.
So, no, leftists aren’t uniquely angry over Roe v. Wade. Far from it. This is just another in a century and a half of angry assaults on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence. The left won’t be happy until all impediments to the “rule of the enlightened” are swept away, and those contemptible constitutionalists no longer have the right even to object.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board