I can’t think offhand of anything President Obama has said or done that has shocked me more than his attack on a Supreme Court decision with members of the Court arrayed respectfully in front of him during the State of the Union speech. The attack on the Court’s decision was rank demagogy, calculated to prompt the wild approval of congressional Democrats. On cue congressional Democrats salivated like Pavlov’s dogs.
The congressional Democrats gave visible form to the threat that the mob poses to the rule of law, much as Lincoln warned against in his Address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield in 1838. Lincoln decried “the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions in lieu of the sober judgment of courts, and the worse than savage mobs for the executive ministers of justice.”
Obama himself could have embodied the threat to freedom posed by the man of supreme ambition with the mob at his disposal. Lincoln warned: “Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” Such towering genius “thirsts and burns for distinction; and if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freemen.”
Speaking to law students in Tuscaloosa yesterday, Chief Justice Roberts commented on Obama’s State of the Union display with diplomatic understatement: “The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court – according the requirements of protocol – has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.”
PAUL adds: Chief Justice Roberts also said that the State of the Union address has “degenerated into a political pep rally” and added that, in light of that reality, “I’m not sure why we’re there.”
Over the past year, it has become painfully clear that President Obama has very little class. Worse, he has at times disgraced his office. The attack on the Supreme Court during the State of the Union speech was one of those times.
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