As SCOTUS Approaches Obamacare Decision Beck Says President Must ‘Heed’ The Following Words
Glenn Beck is back with a new Oval Office speech focused on the historic decision nine Supreme Court are poised to hand down that will determine the fate of Obamacare.
Beck observed that it will be “a major moment,” not just for Americans and the nation as a whole, but for the president himself. It will be President Obama’s one opportunity to show whether he “respects the court’s decision… or not.”
Thus far, through his verbal attacks on the Supreme Court over its past decisions, Obama has failed on all counts, according to Beck.
Obama “has fumed and he has pouted” and hardly shown leadership, according to Beck.
In an effort to “help” Obama out, Beck and his team researched other presidents who have also petitioned the court unsuccessfully, and even expressed disappointment, but all the while remained respectful.
Citing examples from presidents Thomas Jefferson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and even Bill Clinton, Beck delved into the moments of truth each faced, when their respective battles with the Supreme Court had been lost.
There is a great tradition of presidents petitioning the court, and an even greater tradition of them losing,” noted Beck. “This is not a dictatorship. The president must abide the decisions of someone else.”
Beck explained to viewers that showing respect did not mean that each of the above presidents did not stand their ground, or pursue democratic channels in which to appeal the court’s decision. But in each instance, despite the tensions that may have been at play, these presidents gave the court, and its justices their dignity.
Beck then quoted President Reagan in 1983, after a Supreme Court ruling 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.” [...] “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.”
“That’s how it works!” exclaimed Beck.
“Note the tone. It’s Upfront. It’s Unyielding. But it is respectful.”
Beck applauded the words of presidents who understood that the Supreme Court “is not a rubber stamp body.”
“These men knew what democracy and a republic meant. What checks-and-balances mean.”
While these presidents did not go away quietly, Beck explained the one other significant 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, Beck said that they didn’t do what Barack Obama “has already done.”
Even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who Beck said was dangerously close to being a dictator and “did the most to degrade the court,” by attacking it as “nine old men,” still somehow understood that the Supreme Court has an important and “vital role” in our nation’s democracy.
Sometimes, the democratic process and freedom “is messy,” Beck ceded. Sometimes, people would like to “forget about the challenges of writing a law” and making sure that that law is Constitutional, but the Court “doesn’t forget.”
“The Court doesn’t gloss over the little things. The Court clarifies the issues and compares it to what they say the government can and cannot do according to the Constitution.”
“It would be good for President Obama to heed these words,” Beck said. And show the nation that he not only can lecture, but that “he can learn” as well.
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