Ted Cruz, all doom and gloom in Iowa, warned people there that the U.S. is just one liberal Supreme Court justice away from losing our rights and freedoms. The implication there is that, if we don’t elect a properly conservative president next year, like him, we’ll hand the country over to dictators who want to take our guns and everything else that makes ‘Murican — we mean, American.
The Des Moines Register caught his comments, which he delivered during a stop in southwestern Iowa over the weekend. In response to a question about how he’d treat Supreme Court appointments, he said:
One more liberal justice and our right to keep and bear arms is taken away from us by an activist court. One more liberal justice and they begin sandblasting and bulldozing veterans memorials throughout this country. One more liberal justice and we lose our sovereignty to the United Nations and the World Court.
This is what Ted Cruz does. He blasts the Supreme Court whenever they don’t rule the way he wants them to. So terrible is his fear of the high court that he wants justices to face re-election, rather than having lifetime appointments as stipulated in the Constitution (or even term limits, instead of re-election? He sort of favors term limits, too). Earlier this year, he complained that the court was on a long descent into lawlessness, which makes no sense considering they haven’t done anything illegal.
Cruz, who is a lawyer and seems to fancy himself a Constitutional expert, should know better. The problem is not the Supreme Court. The problem is that they’re not handing down the decisions he wants. If they had struck down the ACA’s subsidies, if they hadn’t legalized same-sex marriage, he’d be singing their praises. Make no mistake, his problem is not the court. His problem is him.
His support for term limits for Supreme Court justices is, actually, a position many in America, on all parts of the political spectrum, hold. Mother Jones cites a poll that found two-thirds of Americans favor term limits for Supreme Court justices. Term limits sound great, but keep in mind that limits could open the court up to the whims of the other two branches.
One of the things that it seems conservatives have forgotten is that the court is the third check on the government. Just listen to Mike Huckabee; he thinks that their opinions mean nothing until the executive and legislative branches do something about it. The court’s role in our governmental processes is extremely important because it’s that last check on power. The lifetime appointments may well help ensure that decisions aren’t overturned every few years, at the whims of a president and Congress on the other side of the political spectrum.
As far as liberal judges taking away the people’s guns, regardless of what happens here, it’s not very likely that a liberal bench is going to repeal, overturn, or otherwise destroy that piece of the Bill of Rights. Cruz is fear-mongering with that, because what riles conservatives up better than telling them the evil libruls are coming for their guns? That’s a myth that needs to die.
Veterans’ memorials? Having a cross on a general memorial can, in fact, be construed as a violation of the First Amendment, since not all soldiers in the military are Christian. With this, Cruz is pandering to the theocrats who want to force their religion on us by making Christianity the law of the land.
Losing our sovereignty to the U.N. is another subject on which conservatives have fear-mongered; we are not now, nor have we ever, been in danger of giving our sovereignty away to the U.N. We can’t do it, and they can’t take it. The U.N., and our relationship with them, literally do not work like that. This is where Cruz wants us to be able to do whatever we want to the world without accountability, and that is just sick.
In fact, Cruz is sick, and it’s frightening that he’s third in the polls in Iowa.