Comments by Clarence Thomas on the SCOTUS leak of a draft opinion that overturns Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, were revealing as far as the attitude of the left about our institutions and the rule of law.
As a society, “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like,” Thomas said during a Q&A session at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta.
“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he said, referring to the leak.
The leaker clearly wanted to gin up nationwide protests against overturning federal abortion rights in an attempt to get one of the justices supporting the action to change his or her mind.
Abortion law won’t pass
Another reason for the leak could have been to galvanize legislative action to codify federal abortion rights into law, but Congress has already failed to do so due to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) making it clear that they do not intend to vote to overturn the filibuster over the SCOTUS ruling.
Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear that the public pressure will fail, saying during the same Q&A, “A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling. If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish.”
Right after the ruling was leaked, Roberts said it was a draft opinion and could change before the final opinion is issued.
If public pressure did succeed in changing any justices’ opinions and altering the final ruling significantly, it would be a signal that our democracy is in serious danger, and just the fact that someone was short-sighted enough to leak such an important document without considering that it could tear the fabric of not only the high court, but the entire constitutional system of separation of powers says there is danger there.
“Hypocrites about democracy”
As Red State’s Nick Arama pointed out, Democrats are “hypocrites about ‘democracy’ because they don’t want the people to decide. . . . it isn’t about “democracy” no matter how much they shout that. It’s about getting the “particular outcomes” they want.
“If it were about democracy, the Constitution, or preserving norms, they wouldn’t be trying to target justices at their homes or invading churches,” Arama continued.
Part of democracy involves allowing people to make decisions we think are wrong, and preserving people’s privacy and autonomy even if we disagree with their politics.
When Democrats think the only way to get what they want is to leak documents, cheat, and use sympathetic social media platforms to put their finger on the scale in the direction they want, we are in grave danger of turning into an autocracy and abandoning the greatest and fairest Constitution the world has ever known.