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President Attacks Judiciary … It’s NOT New

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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.

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