Why does the White House appear to be picking a fight with the Supreme Court over its 5-4 ruling in Citizens United? The President’s comment at the State of the Union was talked about for days (perhaps because of Justice Alito’s reaction), and the White House seemed to treat the Chief Justice’s recent comments as an opportunity to strike out again, rather than something needing a defense.
The White House is beginning to put public focus and pressure on the Supreme Court before its conservative ideologues radically change US law by overturning long-settled law or striking down his own initiatives. And to lay the groundwork for its own nominees.
I find it fascinating how conservative and liberal divisions seem to all go back to opinions on the cul-de-sac.
Conservatives see a cul-de-sac and are likely to say: there is a street where my neighbors are limited, they fortunately have similar houses/incomes to mine, and I can comfortably get to know the twelve families.
Liberals see the same street and are likely to say: there is a street where my neighbors are limited, there is a boring consistency and lack of diversity, and I’m stuck with the same twelve families.
Sprawl is a government-mandated condition that conservatives often ironically defend, and liberals unsurprisingly tend to hate. But its potential effect on the home is what points up the big difference in worldview. One sees comfort in control, the other sees dreariness.