Republicans spend a lot of time patting themselves on the back over the Supreme Court. And it’s well deserved.
The Federalist Society has made a huge difference. But a “conservative” court is only ever going to be in quotation marks. The entire judicial supremacist idea that everything is subject to judicial review at every level is a fundamentally progressive one. And the resulting system will go on routinely abusing the constitution, usurping local government, and pulling off abominations like this.
The homeless crisis, a crisis of mentally ill drug users setting up shop on the street, spreading human waste, disease, and violence in public places, was touched off by a 9th Circuit Court decision in Boise.
And now the Supreme Court just shrugged at it.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Boise’s defense of its policy of sometimes prosecuting homeless people for sleeping in public after a lower court found ordinances in Idaho’s capital violated the U.S. Constitution’s bar on cruel and unusual punishment.
That’s the Supreme Court accepting the idea that banning vagrancy is a violation of cruel and unusual punishment.
Cruel and unusual punishment has been the eye of the needle that lefties have pushed every imaginable policy through. A conservative court should have stopped this madness. Instead they’ve somehow decided that by banning cruel and unusual punishment, the founding fathers weren’t outlawing keelhauling or other brutal punishments, but legalizing having crazy people defecate on the street.
And it’s on the taxpayers to provide infinite shelter space (which won’t be utilized anyway because drug addicts and winos reject shelter rules) and if some crazy people prefer the street, that’s their constitutional right.
This is another remind of why judicial supremacy needs to go.