What ever happened to the "conservative" Supreme Court? The "lackeys" who "handed" George W. Bush the presidency? Apparently, they aren't so conservative, even though the liberal media continues to complain that the court shills for the Republican Party.
In the last few years, the Supreme Court has written sodomy into the Constitution of the United States; affirmed that affirmative action was constitutional, citing a broader need for "diversity"; refused to rule on whether "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance was constitutional; and ruled that campaign-finance reform laws restricting free speech do not actually restrict free speech.
The latest spate of rulings from those right-wing zealots handed terror suspects, homegrown and foreign, the right to challenge their detention in an American courtroom. Since Zacarias Moussaoui's trial went so swimmingly, the justices in their infinite wisdom have decided that Osama bin Laden's buddies deserve their day in court. About the only question left is whether foreign terrorists should get in-state tuition at California public colleges.
In other news, that "conservative" court has decided that certain attempts to limit access to Internet pornography violate the First Amendment. Yes, that's right, Virginia! Getting together with your friends, incorporating and buying a political ad in the weeks leading up to an election is illegal in the United States -- and that ban is constitutional. But asking Web site operators to use credit cards, personal ID numbers or adult access codes to bar minors from entering porn sites is unconstitutional. So that's what the founders were thinking: Anti-Kerry ads must be stopped, but for God's sake, please protect "Lord of the G-Strings"!
The court has precisely three conservatives: Justices William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor are wild cards. Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are liberals. One so-called moderate, O'Connor, leans heavily liberal. As of 2003, O'Connor had voted with Ginsburg on 75 percent of the cases on which both had sat. Objectively, the court isn't under the direction of Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.