Where is the outrage? Elena Kagan, Justice on a Mission
Justice Kagan was a member of the Obama administration and it is now apparent she was actively involved in the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare. Traditionally, Justices recuse themselves from cases where they have a personal investment or are otherwise connected. In fact, Kagan appears defiant to any notion of backing away from this case.
I can only imagine the left’s reaction had G.W. Bush appointed a Justice who’d cheered and pushed along the USA Patriot Act and then later ruled on the very law’s constitutionality. There would be recall petitions, screams for assassination on MSNBC, (I’m not joking), and protests on the steps of the Court.
In this instance, the press is quietly approving.
In 2010, Obama nominated Elana Kagan. She, like Miers in 2005, had no prior judicial experience but she was an administration insider. Her lack of judicial experience was vigorously defended, as opposed to Miers who was blasted for it.. Bloggers and journalist hit the history books (likely the first time since college) to trudge up examples of previous Supreme Court Justices who were confirmed without prior experience*. FYI, Kagan was the first Justice confirmed without previous judicial experience in 38 years, the last being Justice William Rehnquist** in 1972.
As all liberal women are, Kagan was held as some sort of intellectual powerhouse, as opposed to Miers who was touted as an idiot, (all conservative women and minorities are labelled thus.) Kagan’s prior experience as the Dean of an Ivy League Law School was somehow grand résumé material.
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At the time of her nomination, (May 10, 2010), Democrats held a super-majority in the Senate and solidly controlled the House. The administration and their allies in Congress were actively pressing hard for what turned out to be a seriously over-reaching agenda. In March, Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law and by many states were lining up to challenge the law. Everyone knew a Supreme Court challenge was coming.
The nomination of Elana Kagan was no accident. Nothing Obama does is an accident. Every move is politically and ideologically motivated. The Administration knew a legal challenge to Obamacare was coming, they knew Democrats would lose the House in November, and they needed insurance. Kagan was that insurance policy.
Kagan now holds a position on, what for liberals represents, the most powerful legislative body in America. When Congress can’t get something done liberals always have the courts. But I digress.
I find it hilarious that liberals are calling for Justice Thomas to recuse himself while insisting Kagan has no conflict since her “role was insignificant” in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Justice Thomas has no connection to the issue and it is a stretch to imply his judgement would be influenced because his wife works with people who oppose the law.
Using liberal logic, Kagan has friends who support Obamacare, there is solid evidence she supports Obamacare, she worked in the Administration as they were pushing the legislation, there is no way she should be allowed to weigh in on this case. That is if the Court answered to anyone. It is a shame that there are not clear laws defining what a conflict of interest is and when a jurist should by necessity recuse themselves or be forcibly recused. But that’s not how it works.
In fact the entire reason Kagan is on the court is to hear this case. Her qualifications are inconsequential, she was nominated specifically to defend the Administration’s ideology. National Healthcare has been a socialist goal since the Wilson Administration and the costs be damned.
Unfortunately, I believe this single law could ultimately be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If allowed to continue, Obamacare will, in the end, cost 10 times the original estimates and coupled with other out-of-control entitlements will drive the nation into bankruptcy.
15 Trillion now and growing. I predict sometime between 18-21 Trillion the nation will follow the Greek tradition. Only question, who bails us out?