The Oval: The Supreme Court

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In the coming few days, the Supreme Court will issue a long-awaited ruling.

The 9 justices will issue their opinions on whether President Obama’s sweeping health care law should stand.

It will be a major moment.

Not just for this nation.

Not just for the personal freedom of Americans to make health care choices.

It will also be a major moment for the president.

He will have an opportunity to say whether he respects the court’s decision… or not.

He will be able to show respect to a co-equal branch of government… or not.

He will have the ability to tell the American people what comes next… or not.

So far, the president has failed this test.

He has verbally attacked the Supreme Court for past decisions.

He has mischaracterized their rulings.

He has distorted… and fumed… and fulminated.

But he has not shown leadership.

So I have decided to help out President Obama.

I have decided to help out his speechwriters.

I did some research.

As it turns out, President Obama is not the first president who has struggled with the Supreme Court.

There were others.

Thomas Jefferson, angered over judicial review of laws passed by Congress, wrote “my construction of the Constitution is very different” from the court’s.

In 1974, Richard Nixon, with his presidency in effect destroyed by a Supreme Court ruling on the Watergate tapes, said merely: “While I am, of course, disappointed in the result, I respect and accept the Court's decision.” He resigned a few weeks later.

There is a great tradition of presidents petitioning the court… and an even greater tradition of them losing. This is not a dictatorship. The president must abide the decisions of someone else.

But even with this tension, presidents of both parties have been able to speak their mind with respect…

They have been able to make their case without stepping on the dignity of the justices.

Here’s Ronald Reagan, in 1983, after a Supreme Court ruling that struck down state’s efforts to limit abortion-on-demand: “I join millions of Americans expressing profound disappointment at the decisions announced by the Supreme Court.”

He continued: “The issue of abortion must be resolved by our democratic process. Once again I call on the Congress to make its voice heard against abortion on demand and to restore legal protections for the unborn whether by statute or constitutional amendment.”

Note the tone. Serious. Upfront. Unyielding. But respectful.

Here is Bill Clinton in 1998, when the court ruled against the line item veto. “I am deeply disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision. The decision is a defeat for all Americans—it deprives the President of a valuable tool for eliminating waste in the Federal budget and for enlivening the public debate over how to make the best use of public funds.”

Here is Clinton again in 2000, when the court struck down a portion of a law. “We plan to study the Supreme Court's decision.”

Disappointed. Deeply disappointed. We plan to study the decision. This issue must be resolved by our democratic process.

These are the words of presidents who understood that the Supreme Court is not a rubber stamp body. These men knew what democracy means… what checks-and-balances mean.

They didn’t like the result. They didn’t go away quietly. But they understood.

And here is one thing they did not do: They did not try to undermine the Court… they did not lecture the Court… they did not misrepresent the issues or the ruling.

In short, they didn’t do what Barack Obama has already done.

Even FDR, who did the most to degrade the court, by attacking it as “nine old men”… who tried to pack it with his own favorites… who spent entire press conferences fulminating at the rulings… who compared the court to a horse that would not do the work of the farm….

Even FDR understood that the Supreme Court has an important role to play in our democracy. A vital role.

Here is what he says: “In some ways it may be the best thing that has happened to this country for a long time that such a decision has come from the Supreme Court, because it clarifies the issue.”

“Clarifies the issue.”

How true it is. Sometimes, the democratic process is messy. Sometimes, people would like to forget about the challenges of writing a law… making sure it has support… making sure its Constitutional.

But the Court doesn’t forget. The Court doesn’t gloss over the little things. The Court “clarifies the issue.”

It would be good for President Obama to heed these words.

And to show the nation that he not only can lecture. But that he can learn as well.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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