There is a common misconception that the most radical ideas on the right lead to dictatorships and the most radical ideas on the left lead to a public health care system.
This is why so-called centrists often view people like Lauren Boebert with greater suspicion and fear than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To them, people like AOC simply need to learn to moderate their impulses. But they have their hearts in the right place.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If there was any doubt before, AOC’s most recent statements against the Supreme Court make it absolutely clear.
“We are witnessing a judicial coup in process. If the President and Congress do not restrain the Court now, the Court is signaling they will come for the Presidential election next.,” the congresswoman said on Twitter.
Talking about a judicial coup, in addition to making the United States look like an institutionally fragile, almost Third World country, is a lie. Saying that the Court is destabilizing the country, as Biden did, does not help either. The Court makes decisions based on the legal merits of cases, whether we like them or not. It did so in allowing Biden to strike down Remain in Mexico and it did so in striking down Roe v. Wade. And the Court has the responsibility to right its own wrongs as it did in striking down the most glaring display of judicial activism in 50 years in Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood.
Democrats are increasingly talking about the Court losing legitimacy, and certainly, the Court is less popular than it was a few years ago. But if it is losing legitimacy it is because of the inflammatory rhetoric with which they treat it. In any democracy in the world, a politician who says that his country’s Supreme Court is staging a judicial coup because he doesn’t like a decision would be widely condemned. In the United States, the media applaud him.
A good part of political virtue is learning to be a good loser. Major institutional crises and political conflicts usually arise from the brattishness and tantrums of those who do not know how to lose. A spoiled politician is sometimes as dangerous as a coup plotter. AOC is proving it.