The Left and the Legitimacy of the US Supreme Court

October 4

Dear Friends,

Like many Americans, I spent last week glued to the coverage of the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, as we wait for the FBI to complete its investigation of Ford’s claims, I noticed something troubling: progressive activists opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation are laying the groundwork to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

After relying on the Supreme Court to implement their desired policy goals, from Roe and Casey on abortion to Windsor and Obergefell on marriage, the Left is suddenly singing a different tune.

Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress, wrote that “Brett Kavanaugh is an existential threat to the Supreme Court.” He went on to recommend “an array of tools” to respond to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including “pack the Court,” “strip the court’s jurisdiction over certain cases,” and “wipe out the Supreme Court’s budget, strip its judges of their staff and their law clerks.”

Zack Beauchamp, writing for Vox, said that confirming Kavanaugh “could lead to a collapse in faith for the Court – with dire consequences for American democracy.”

I saw the same thing in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Daily Beast, The Nation, Slate, and more. With the balance of the court on the verge of shifting to a conservative majority for the first time in a generation, the Left is seeking to undermine its authority. Ultimately, it’s not about Kavanaugh’s qualifications, or justice for Ford, it’s about politics.

No one understands the stakes for the Supreme Court better than pro-life and pro-family conservatives. We’ve lived under an activist court that undermined our values with unjust, unconstitutional rulings for decades. You know what we never did? We never threatened the Court. We never questioned the Court’s legitimacy. Instead, we took our lumps, got back up, and got back to work electing the kind of people who would appoint and confirm just judges.

If Kavanaugh is cleared of these allegations and confirmed to the Supreme Court, the fight won’t be over. We need to stay vigilant. Our democracy hangs in the balance.

Thank you for partnering with Family Policy Alliance of Kansas in that fight.


Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

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