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The Chief Justice And His Willful Cherry Picking of Facts

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    There is hardly a time that I agree with the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court, but I just believed that he looks at the world through a different lens than I do. As much as I disagree with him on nearly every issue before the court, I still respected him as a master jurist. His vote on Obamacare was a masterful stroke by a conservative jurist. Why not vote to keep the law in place to appease the left in the country and then be free to systemically wage war on Lyndon Johnson's Great Society initiatives? Whatever little respect I had for Mr. Roberts went out the window after hearing the oral arguments regarding the re-authorization of Section V of the Voting Rights Act.

    Mr. Roberts, in my opinion, willfully distorted the 2010 census statistics to show that Massachusetts has a lower percentage of blacks voting in their elections compared to states like Mississippi. The problem with Mr. Roberts stats is that, while statistically accurate, it doesn't take into account blacks that are not eligible to vote because of their citizenship status, etc. It was a misleading statement at best and a willful untruth spoken by the Chief Justice at worst. I almost couldn't contain myself when he asked Donald Verilli, the U.S. Solicitor General, if it was the position of the U.S. Government that residents of the southern states are more racist than residents of the north. Anyone with a functioning brain knows that answer, but it was designed to force the Solicitor General into a box. Would he dare state on the record that he thought so?

    This cherry picking of stats by a sitting Supreme Court jurist, let alone the Chief Justice, is appalling. I have come to expect this type of questioning from Justices Scalia and Alito. And I'm sure if Justice Thomas ever spoke, he would say something just as appalling. But coming from the Chief Justice gives me major pause. He has been in an ideological war with the Obama Administration from day one of his administration and the only thing that will sideline him is if a conservative jurist leaves the court or dies in the next few years. Until then, I'd suggest to grab your popcorn and soft drink while you watch the Supreme Court roll back every major liberal initiative that we American's have come to appreciate.