Douglas Andrews / May 11, 2022

These Mobs Are Wrong AND Illegal

The president appears unwilling to control the leftist mobs in his midst.

Remember when, back in 1973, that mob of pro-life zealots surrounded the home of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun after he authored the High Court’s Roe v. Wade opinion, which guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion?

Or the time, back in 1992, when similar mobs set up camps at the homes of Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter, directing shouts of “Shame!” and “Baby killer!” toward the three associate justices who coauthored the court’s plurality opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe?

Neither do we. Because these things never happened. That’s in part because any effort to intimidate a judge is illegal. As columnist Marc Thiessen notes: “Federal law — Section 1507 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code — clearly states that it is unlawful to protest near a ‘residence occupied or used by [a] judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ with the intent of influencing ‘the discharge of his duty,’ adding that anyone who ‘uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.’”

In short: It’s obstruction of justice. It’s no different than intimidating witnesses or tampering with a jury. (Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he’s comfortable with this lawlessness. “If protests are peaceful, yes,” he said. “My house, there’s protests 3-4 times a week outside my house.” Same with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who seems thrilled by “how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action.”)

But more than simply knowing and respecting the law, we on the Right routinely avoid mob behavior because — let’s just say it — we hold ourselves to higher standards of decency than those on the Left.

We on the Right don’t mob up and terrorize others when things don’t go our way. We don’t. We’re not like thuggish Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters. We’re not like shameful Chuck Schumer.

Even those on the fringes of the Right know the difference between, say, storming a government building to protest a stolen election and invading a quiet residential neighborhood to intimidate a judge and terrorize his family — or, for that matter, to do the same to a Fox News personality and his family.

But you already knew all this. You already had a deeply felt belief that a person’s home is sacred.

What about our president, though? You know, Joe Biden. Does he think our homes are sacred, inviolable? After all, he’s the guy who during his inaugural address said: “My whole soul is in this. Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”

He’s the guy who also said: “We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos.”

He’s the guy who promised to be “a president for all Americans” and pledged to “fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

So much for all that. “Unity,” he snarled.

Aside from his hollow pledges to unite us, though, what about abiding by his Oath of Office? Remember: He swore to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Maybe he’s just too busy unifying us with bridge-building words such as, “This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history — in recent American history.”

Maybe he’s just thinking of ways to fold that “ultra-MAGA agenda” into his own “America Last” platform.

The sad truth is, Joe Biden has lost control of the country. He’s a tiny ship on a stormy sea. He’s at the mercy of events. As our Nate Jackson wrote earlier this week:

Conservative justices are canceling speeches, being targeted in their homes, and condemning the leak and the attempted intimidation. The Leftmedia is busy gaslighting about right-wing violence and blaming a right-wing leaker. And the White House is practically approving of the mob and sitting on its hands regarding prosecuting the leaker. Every day that goes by waiting on the Court to issue its opinion is fraught with political peril.

Peril indeed. A Wisconsin pro-life group’s office was fire-bombed early Sunday and vandalized with abortion-themed graffiti. It only takes one nutcase, one leftist lunatic, to be the next James Hodgkinson.

Get a grip on your country, Mr. President. Enforce the Rule of Law. Or resign your office.

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