Obama and the Supreme Court

I generally agree with Lawrence Auster, or at least understand where he is coming from. But, when he says of President Obama’s comments on the Supreme Court during the State of the Union that, "I’ve never seen or heard of anything like it in American history." I have no idea what he means.

Most historians consider FDR and Lincoln to be among our best Presidents. Both of them treated the Supreme Court with much more hostility than Obama. FDR attacked the Court and tried to pack it with cronies – he eventually succeeded in packing it by staying in the Presidency until his death. Lincoln blatantly ignored rulings of the Supreme Court. Compared to the actions of these "great" Presidents, Obama’s statement is hardly worth noticing. (I don’t really want to defend the President’s statement – I think it was incredibly tacky and cheap. I’m just pointing out that it’s hardly historically unprecedented).

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