If the Biden administration’s dumpster fire didn’t threaten to engulf us all, Old Joe and his team of tokens, clowns, hacks, and psychopaths would be good for a few laughs. Nobody expects the president’s press secretary to be a great intellect, but a rudimentary understanding of how the American government works would be nice. Instead, on Wednesday we got Karine Jean-Pierre informing the nation that the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision overturning Roe v. Wade was “unconstitutional.” Yes, she really said that.
This is, of course, a world in which a woman who is being touted as a major contender for the Democrat party’s presidential nomination in 2024 thinks, or at least thought before her words were received with a torrent of ridicule, that the “three chambers of government” are “the presidency, the Senate, and the House.” So it’s not a huge surprise that the press secretary thinks that the branch of government that is empowered to determine whether or not a particular law accords with the Constitution can itself do something unconstitutional. Perhaps we should be grateful that anyone on the Left still cares that there is a Constitution at all.
Jean-Pierre said: “From day one, when, uh, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision, uh, to take away, uh, uh, a constitutional right, uh, it was an unconstitul — unconstitutional action by them, a right that was around for almost fifty years, a right that women had to make a decision on their bodies, and how they wanna start their families…” This is not the sort of statement that yields to logical analysis, but it still raises questions: a constitutional right that was around for almost fifty years? Does Karine Jean-Pierre think that the Constitution was ratified in 1972?
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declares that it was “unconstitutional” for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 3, 2022
Also, if Karine Jean-Pierre thinks that what the Supreme Court has done in overturning this “right” (actually, all it did was allow the states once again to make their own laws regarding abortion) was “unconstitutional,” what authority does she think exists within the American government to determine whether or not a Supreme Court is constitutional? Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recently said that “if over time the court loses all connection with the public and with public sentiment, that’s a dangerous thing for a democracy.” Does Jean-Pierre, too, believe that the Supreme Court’s decisions must accord with “public sentiment” or else the high court loses its legitimacy?
She likely does, unless, of course, “public sentiment” tends in a rightward direction, in which case she would certainly argue, if the Court decision leaned to the Left, that the Court had to adhere to the legal principle and not bow to popular opinion. Hey, whatever works.
This is not, however, how the United States government is supposed to work. The Supreme Court is supposed to ensure fidelity to Constitutional principles, declaring that various laws are unconstitutional not because they are unpopular or out of favor with the political and media elites, but because they do not accord with the basic law of the land. That Karine Jean-Pierre would not know this, or not care, reflects poorly on America’s educational system as well as on the Biden administration.
For the record, Jean-Pierre graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School on Long Island and has a Bachelor of Science from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Probably somewhere in there the basics of how the federal government works came up, but the day-to-day emphasis was much more likely on pressing issues such as that ever-present nonexistent bogey, structural racism, as well as sexism and all the rest of the Left’s preoccupations. Nobody really had time for basic civics when what they were really concentrating on was how to tear it all down.
And so now we have people at the highest levels who don’t know anything about how the government is supposed to work. Of course, it also doesn’t matter to Biden’s handlers, because if they don’t get their way in Congress, they’ll put a stack of executive orders and emergency decrees in front of Old Joe and get what they want no matter what the little people think. If the Supreme Court acts up again, Karine Jean-Pierre can just declare their decisions “unconstitutional” again. And the whole circus will roll merrily on, until, of course, one day it doesn’t.