Kennedy Retires. Public Sector Unions given the Wisconsin treatment. La Judicial Resistance smacked down.
A big day in the news for the Supreme Court. The most important news is that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. The Supreme Court is losing not merely its best gay romance novelist, but its swing vote. It is a measure of how far we have moved away from government by the Constitution that the single most important political decision now facing the country is who will fill Kennedy’s seat? Add in to the mix Sen. Jeff Flake, who has promised to tie up all judicial nominations until the class of 2018 is seated. This will very shortly get very interesting.
In other news, the Supreme Court has handed down two important decisions, neither of which are surprises. In Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the SCT held today that public sector unions may no longer collect compulsory fees for representing public sector employees who choose not to be a part of the union — the so called “agency fee.” As public sector unions are the single biggest money laundering operation run by and for the Democrat Party, it is a hugely important decision. I think it rightly decided. The dissent, however, written by Justice Kagan, may well qualify as the most tin eared piece of fluff ever written.
In Trump v. Hawaii, issued yesterday, the Court held that President Trump’s orders as regards travel from several countries were lawful. The Ninth Circuit and the lower courts had attempted what amounted to a judicial coup to hamstring Trump. That one was never in doubt, with the only surprise being that it was a 5-4 decision, the “wise Latina” authoring a political pamphlet disguised as a legal dissent.