On the slim (but not impossible) chance that Sen. Chuck Schumer becomes Senate majority leader following the November elections, the Democrat from New York has vowed to pave the way for a left-leaning high court.
“My number one goal, should I become majority leader with your help, is to get a progressive Supreme Court,” said Schumer last week at a policy conference put on by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, reports RollCall.com.
“A progressive majority on the Supreme Court is an imperative, and if I become majority leader, I will make it happen,” Schumer said. “I will make it happen.”
In the context of the speech, Schumer was referring to the likelihood that a progressive court would restore a portion of the Voting Rights Act relating to federal preclearances for states that want to amend their voting laws or practices, e.g. pass a voter ID law.
Prior to the landmark Supreme Court case, Shelby County v. Holder, before a state imposed a law requiring one to show an ID to vote in an election, that state (if it was a state with a history of discrimination in voting) would have to get approval from the federal government.
Back in 2013, the court, in a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that there no longer was a need for federal preclearance because the arguments for it were “based on 40 year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day.”
Schumer bashed Justice Roberts for his decision to strike down the antiquated preclearance provision.
“One of the first things he [Justice Roberts] did is eviscerate the Voting Rights Act,” Schumer said. “I sometimes wake up at night wondering what these Supreme Court justices are thinking.”
But should Schumer take charge of the Senate, thus giving him the power to grease the wheels for a Hillary Supreme Court appointee, Shelby County v. Holder, in his estimation, would be overturned.
“I know that the NAACP legal defense and all of the other funds will go right to that court and it is my belief, based on reading of the law, that the Supreme Court’s decision will be reversed,” Schumer said.
Well, if Schumer has his eyes set on overturning Shelby County v. Holder, one can bet his bottom dollar that the Schumer, a rabid anti-gunner (author of the Brady Bill, author of the Clinton-Era ban on black rifles), will also expect the progressive court to overturn the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right, not continent upon militia service. He’s been on record calling it a “horrible decision.”
As we’ve noted, should that happen, it’ll be the beginning of the end of one’s right to keep and bear arms.