Dan McLaughlin at National Review has an outstanding piece on the modern history of Presidents attacking, undermining, and even trying to subvert the Federal Judiciary. I am sure most Americans learned in civics of the efforts of FDR to pack the Supreme Court to get results he wanted. Mr. McLaughlin does a great job in his analysis, and he relies heavily on one of our favorite law Professors, Josh Blackman.
The War on Trump has so distorted our view of politics, turning healthy skepticism into debilitating cynicism, that when Mr. Trump does the same thing, we begin to believe it is a new affront to liberty. That is not to excuse Mr. Trump, and indeed this author took him to task for his comments. Nonetheless, we need to be rooted in facts in order to have perspective.
Presidents want their actions upheld, and they are not afraid to use the bully-pulpit or their power to see it done. Mr. Trump’s aggressive manner, and his decided lack of experience at acceptable Presidential condescension, makes his criticism stick out. When his term or terms is over, he may be the new leader in assaults on the judiciary, but for now, he’s a rookie.
With respect for a fellow lawyer, pundit, and baseball geek, I give a hat tip to Mr. McLaughlin and highly recommend you read his piece here:
Likewise, if you are a committed conservative, and a fan of Constitutional conservatism, we hope you are following Josh Blackman too.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.