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Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, nominated by President George W. Bush, sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Brace yourselves, because what I’m about to tell you will shock you to your core. Justice John Roberts has once again joined the liberals on the Supreme Court to stick his finger in the eye of the conservative movement that got him appointed.

Actually, this was completely expected because this is what Roberts does now. This decision is especially egregious though.

If you aren’t familiar with this case, Louisiana’s duly elected government passed a law that requires abortion clinics to live up to basic health standards. Namely, they wanted doctors to have admitting privileges, something required of all other surgical centers in the state, including those that do non-invasive procedures. Because many abortion clinics are badly maintained dumpster fires, few would live up to that basic requirement. This caused the left to freak out about “access” to abortion being denied, as if less killing of children is a bad thing, but here we are.

Roberts, being the inconsistent jurist that he is, decided that it was more important to follow bad precedent than to vote for what he feels the law requires. That’s not an exaggeration. Roberts literally voted to uphold a similar law just five years ago in Texas. But now, he votes against Louisiana’s law, not because he thought it was unconstitutional, but because he claims he must uphold precedent no matter what.

Would Roberts have upheld segregation? I mean, there was a precedent to honor, right? I would assume he wouldn’t, which means that his slavish devotion to stare decisis is nothing but cover for making awful decisions. In reality, Roberts goes into these cases with his mind already made up. It’s just a matter of how he’ll work backwards to get to the preferred outcome.

While he may see himself as “protecting” the court from controversy, he’s actually just crushing confidence in their ability to judge the law fairly.

Meanwhile, we are once again reminded that George W. Bush’s presidency was an abject disaster.

What did Bush bring us? Two disastrous wars, Barack Obama, and a Supreme Court justice who can’t even be counted on to protect the lives of innocent children. But he was really nice and can paint and stuff.

Conservatives, Christians, Republicans, and all the crossover between those groups continue to show up to the polls with the promise of a victory that never comes. I’m skeptical how much longer they are going to be willing to play this game.

Addendum:

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