4. Didn’t pass up the opportunity to bash the Second Amendment

Democrats never miss an opportunity to push their gun control agenda. A junior senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse, said in his opening statement:

The Court also helps big business against unions:  Harris v. Quinn, 5-4, all Republicans.  Last year, Friedrichs was teed up as a 5-4 body blow against unions, when Justice Scalia died.  With a new 5-4 Court, they’ll be back.

Throw in Hobby Lobby: Corporations have religious rights that supersede health care for their employees, 5-4, all Republicans.

Add Heller and McDonald, reanimating for gun manufacturers a legal theory a former Chief Justice once called a “fraud”, 5-4, all Republicans.

This 5-4 rampage is not driven by principle.  Over and over, judicial principles – even so-called “conservative” ones – are overrun on the Court’s road to the happy result.

Stare decisis: That’s a big laugh.  These were law-changing decisions, many upending a century or more of law and precedent.

Textualism: The Second Amendment uses the military term “arms” and talks about militias, but never mind that when the gun lobby wants something.

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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