Faith in SCOTUS Has Plummeted, ‘Hold My Beer’ Says the Court

Coup plotters: Justice Ginni and Mr. Thomas
H/T Scissorhead Jimmy-T

Axios reports (SMART BREVITY!!1!) that Americans faith in the Supreme Court is dropping like a rock (Formatting is all theirs, kids), and we wonder why.

Let’s explore!

Faith in SCOTUS 10-10-22

Out this morning: The perception is growing that Supreme Court justices are partisans, just like any other politicians, according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Why it matters: The center, which has tracked opinions about the court over 17 years, says that in most years, “differences in trust in the court by party affiliation have not been meaningful. That changed in 2022, with a wide gap separating Republicans from Democrats and independents on some attitudes toward the court.”

Trust is driven by party: 70% of Republicans — but only 32% of Democrats — have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the court.

And our pals over at Electoral-Vote warn us that there is yet another abortion case this year, with wide-ranging implications, and of course, religious freedom implications:

Huh? Didn’t they already finish that discussion in Dobbs v. Jackson? Probably not. A new lawsuit in Kentucky is challenging a state law that makes killing a fetus or embryo a state crime. The law works from the assumption that human life begins at conception. Three Jewish women who live in Kentucky have challenged the law arguing that the concept that life begins at conception is specifically a Christian theological concept and not some universally acknowledged truth. The suit points out that the Old Testment is crystal clear that life begins at birth, not at conception, so killing a fetus or embryo is not murder. In essence, the suit argues that the Kentucky law has written Christian dogma into the law and that is specifically forbidden by the Constitution’s establishment of religion clause. Hence the Kentucky law is unconstitutional and must be struck down.

At least one of the women clearly has standing to sue. She is of advanced maternal age and has stored nine embryos with an embryo-storage company at great expense in case she decides she wants another child. Telling the company to pull the plug on the embryos would kill them and thus be murder under Kentucky law. Keeping them viable in storage costs her a lot of money every month. Consequently, the Kentucky law is forcing her to spend money even if she decides she doesn’t want more children, so it is harming her personally. That gives her standing to sue. The other women, who are both Jewish, are claiming that enshrining specifically Christian dogma in Kentucky law violates their freedom of religion.

Scissorheads, being the best and the brightest people of the internet, probably also see implications for IVF that would make those companies accessories; it doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to see some religious zealot claiming false imprisonment of these zygotes, too, and then what happens? Seed babies like in Logan’s Run?

Public Notice —the excellent newsletter from Aaron Rupar— is focused on the SCOTUS today:

This term is also shaping up to be a doozy. SCOTUS will be deciding cases that could have profound impacts on democracy, including one that could further chip away at the Voting Rights Act. Another case could give Republican-controlled state legislatures unchecked power over elections. There’s a case that involves whether web designers can refuse to produce websites for same-sex marriages, another that could gut the Clean Water Act. And there’s not much reason to hope that any of this will turn out well.

Considering the ultra-conservative nature of this Supreme Court — with Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Thomas, and Barrett serving as a reliable majority for GOP causes — it’s likely that most of the important cases the court will soon decide will push the country to the right.

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It doesn’t look good. The bottom line is the Supreme Court doesn’t really have power outside of its perceived legitimacy, and that’s the reason why we’re seeing a lot of these conservative justices giving more aggressive statements about how disagreeing with their decisions doesn’t mean you should discount their legitimacy. They’re starting to feel the fire…

…Andrew Jackson said, “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” There is a very real question of what happens when the court’s decisions are not treated as legitimate. I think we’re getting dangerously close to that.

I think we reached illegitimate during the 4th Reich, and we are speeding past that into kangaroo territory.

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5 Responses to Faith in SCOTUS Has Plummeted, ‘Hold My Beer’ Says the Court

  1. Stony Pillow says:

    The EPA decision will be the crown jewel – the driving force for all the billions invested in Heritage, Federalist, and all the rest since the early 70s. Honestly, they don’t give a flying fk about anything else – abortion, voting rights, guns, you name it, has been in play just to build the SCROTUS supermajority necessary to rule on that.

    This will not end well.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    I find it incredible that a supposedly secular court is making laws according to religious ideals. Something went seriously wrong here. And, what is this with redoing older and passed rulings? If it was decided, it was settled law. Why don’t they rule on new stuff and leave previous decisions alone? They are not there to redo society, no matter what their Christian backers say. You’d think even the Christians would be nervous about a court promoting religion.
    The wall we need, between Church and State, no one is building.
    Even having some Christian beliefs as I do, this does not make me happy at all.
    w3ski

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    • They are not there to redo society, no matter what their Christian backers say. You’d think even the Christians would be nervous about a court promoting religion.

      They’re not there to ‘redo’ society; as the conservative’s decades of opinions and dissents make clear, they view their purpose as undoing society specifically the parts they don’t agree with.

      The theocrats aren’t at ALL worried about ‘promoting religion’ because it’s their religion being promoted.

      They’re not even pretending to be ‘secular’ now, as I fear those Jews in Kentucky are about to find out.

      What WILL be interesting (in the sense of ‘it’s interesting that we’re all gonna die now’) is what happens when the oligarch’s generations-long project to undo the New Deal runs headlong into the theocrats generations-long project to install a White Christian theocratic dictatorship in this country.

      Who are the oligarchs going to make their billions from when half the country are in concentration camps?

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  3. roket says:

    When you’re allowed to lie in order to get the position, legitimacy pretty much flies out the window.

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  4. Jimmy T says:

    Congress does have the power to limit the years a sitting Justice can serve. Congress should give this a try and we shall see what members in the GQP will vote against the measure. I’m guessing most if not all of them will, but on the brighter side it puts a target on their backs, and considering the rage around Dobbs that might be enough…

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