All it took for the left to give up their “I’m afraid for our democracy!” charade was a single court ruling. They’ve gone from swearing only they can protect the rule of law to openly wondering what laws are even good for.
The New York Times on Monday published a column by Peter Coy bemoaning the erosion of public trust in our judicial system. That’s not a particularly offensive or even new concept, but what is new is this thing Coy and other liberals are doing now where they profess ignorance of how laws are executed.
“All the Supreme Court really has to go on is the public’s acceptance of its rulings as legitimate,” he wrote. Coy also quoted Washington University law professor Daniel Epps saying, “The Supreme Court has no power to enforce its decisions. It doesn’t have an army. The only thing it has power to do is write PDFs and put them up on its website.”
Maybe we need that nerdy little CNN “fact check” guy to come on and explain how our government and the separation of powers work. True, the Supreme Court doesn’t have an army. Neither does Congress. But what they have is an executive branch charged with faithfully executing the laws they interpret and pass.
To suggest that the word of the Supreme Court has no real mechanism for enforcement is to suggest that the president and every governor are bound by nothing to execute that word.
But, as fate would have it, they are bound by something. The c-word. (Constitution.)
Article II, Section 3: The president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
Aside from making it clear that they’re ready to abandon American democracy because of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s somewhat of a mystery as to why liberals are even talking about this.
The Court’s decision doesn’t mandate anything. There’s nothing really to enforce, per se. Abortion remains legal, though all 50 states now reserve the right to regulate it any which way their legislatures see fit. If the threat is to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling, it’s not much of a threat. Regulate or don’t. It’s up to the states and yes, they do have ways to ensure that their laws are followed.
But the larger implication is noted. Democrats don’t care about our democracy.