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Ann Coulter: Liberals Use 'Judicial Activism' to 'Invent Rights' Like Gay Marriage and Abortion — VIDEO


In a discussion about Obama's remarks on the Supreme Court and judicial activism, Ann Coulter told FOX News' Sean Hannity that liberals use it to invent rights.

Said Coulter:

"Most of us learn how a bill becomes law and what the supreme court does in grade school. Liberals are often trying to push this idea that judicial review means overturning any act of Congress. Or rather judicial activism. Judicial activism is anything when the Supreme Court doesn’t obey what the constitution says — like when they invent rights to gay marriage or rights to abortion or rights to go free if a specific Miranda warning wasn’t read to them. Normally you get the opposite from liberals, because whatever they can’t get through the process of democracy by having people vote on it, they get five justices on the Supreme Court to announce it’s a constitutional right. You only have judicial activism on the left, never from the conservative justices or they would be fantasizing a constitutional right to a flat tax, to bear nuclear arms."


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  1. What the hell is she talking about? It's like barely incoherent rambling or, in other words, like Sara Palin.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 6, 2012 7:50:10 AM

  2. Great post! Thanks a lot.

    Posted by: researchpaperwriter | Apr 6, 2012 7:52:48 AM

  3. "The conservative who cried wolf!"

    Isn't this amazing? Who are the ones always hollering about activist Judges when a court verdict doesn't go their way (ie., Prop 8)? Suddenly they are supporting the court system?? Bet if the SCOTUS was solidly liberal in their stance, the conservatives would be whooping and hollering about any and all judgements coming from them. Will be interesting if Obamacare is deemed legal. Who then will be complaining about the SCOTUS???

    Posted by: CB | Apr 6, 2012 7:54:59 AM

  4. This is either the height of ignorance or a severe lack of understanding. There is legal interpretation of laws from both democratic and conservative judges. I teach my law students as much, with solid examples of both through case study.

    What's more troubling is that a pundit can say whatever they want, apparently unchallenged by someone with a better understanding of our legal system, or at least by someone more genuine.

    Posted by: David T | Apr 6, 2012 7:59:39 AM

  5. I wonder if Ann is aware that we live in a republic, not a democracy. That and I really want to hear her complain about the judicial activism of cases like Brown v. Board of Education, Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, or even Lawrence v. Texas.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 6, 2012 8:01:35 AM

  6. She clearly just says weird crap to get attention because that's all she cares about. She's smart enough to do better but long ago learned that she won't go broke pandering to idiots.

    That said, aside from gay issues, her comments on abortion and Miranda rights are so f'ing stupid. Like I need to say that.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 6, 2012 8:10:02 AM

  7. I wish some would just ask these nut jobs (fill in the blank)what their opinions are going to be if SCOTUS affirms the ACA? Are they going to accept the ruling as a valid decision or will it be another example of "Activist judges"?!! They need this on tape before it is announced so they cant back track. Either they respect SCOTUS or they dont!

    Posted by: Tagg | Apr 6, 2012 8:16:17 AM

  8. Why would anyone ask anything from this woman? Oh yeah, it's Fox News.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 6, 2012 8:20:53 AM

  9. Any first year law student learns that there are enumerated rights in every constitution. This is not a new or particularly USA jurisprudential point....yet she makes it sound like high treason.

    She is a poisonous cadaver, bent on sowing seeds of division.........ably assisted by the Goebbels run Ministry of Propaganda, that calls itself a new channel,Fox.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 6, 2012 8:24:21 AM

  10. Cant u see - its Ok when GOP assholes do it:

    Ugg I hate the GOP

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Apr 6, 2012 8:25:53 AM

  11. @Tagg: I seriously doubt that having something on record would stop them from trying to have it "both ways."

    Posted by: DLRnATL | Apr 6, 2012 8:27:22 AM

  12. she's expressing the fascist belief that rights do not exist except as defined by the state. it is the exact opposite of what is in the constitution. rights, in the constitution, are inalienable, in other words each person, simply by existing, has every right (except to harm others) and it is up to the state to make the case that a particular right should not be allowed, usually because of some perceived harm to society or national security, real or not. the courts role is to either uphold a restriction on citizens rights by the state if it finds there is a legitimate reason for doing so, or deny the state the ability to retract rights if it finds there is no legitimate reason for doing so. marriage equality is a perfect example: each adult person already has the right to marry whomever they want regardless of gender. the state is denying that right to it's citizens and must make the case there is legitimate reason for doing so, and clearly is failing. fascism argues that individuals do not have rights. rights are dispensed by the state and so it is up to the citizens to make the case that the state should allow a particular right, and that seldom happens via the court system in a fascist state, but through revolution. i may be wrong, but i think it is the 6th amendment to the bill of rights that states basically, that because a right is not enumerated in the bill of rights does not mean it doesn't exist. i wonder, what coulter or hannity would make of that, if they had ever bothered to read the constitution or bill or rights, or the declaration of independence.

    Posted by: ian | Apr 6, 2012 8:50:26 AM

  13. Jeez, Secratariat is really putting that degree in Constitutional Law from the U of M to good use. A properly God-fearing conservative woman would be married and raising Christian Republican kids by now, not spouting off on TV. Liberal values made possible everything you have and everything you are, you noisy boneheap.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Apr 6, 2012 8:52:57 AM

  14. Yeah, it's the left that created such "rights" as the right of corporations to pump unlimited amounts of money into political campaigns, or the right of everyone in America to be strip-searched because a cop felt like it.

    Oh, wait. . . .

    Posted by: Hunter | Apr 6, 2012 8:56:16 AM

  15. How is it possible that Hannity looks PRECISELY the same whenever you catch him in a still? He always looks like Nathan Lane doing a Jimmy Cagney impersonation.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Apr 6, 2012 8:57:46 AM

  16. "Boneheap" Love it!

    Posted by: Cinemaniac | Apr 6, 2012 9:06:52 AM

  17. Judicial activism is when a court decides something you disagree with

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 6, 2012 9:09:09 AM

  18. There's plenty of judicial activism on the extreme right. Ann just happens to agree with those decisions so she doesn't see it as "activist". She doesn't realize that activist court decisions have taken the meaning of the "right to bear arms as a part of a well regulated militia" and turned that into you can bear arms without a militia! How's that for right-wing activism, Anne?

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 6, 2012 9:59:35 AM

  19. "Secretariat" and "boneheap" - made me wet m'knickers!!
    Has Coulter transitioned yet? Or is she waiting for better health care? Don't worry Anne, when ACA is all said and done, you'll be able to finish up.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 6, 2012 10:08:57 AM

  20. Aww, how sweet. GOProud's favorite diva hauled her withered carcass onto Fox News once again to spew her nonsensical bull****. The far-Right's Marilyn Monroe, tailor-made for those who think screwing a bag of sharpened pencils sounds like a blast, especially when it howls like something out of Irish myth.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 6, 2012 10:25:03 AM

  21. This does not explain the conservative majority on the CA supreme court. Rights are almost always threatened by political extremists--it doesn't matter the flavor. She's not being particularly coherent, either.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 6, 2012 11:40:19 AM

  22. The right to marriage is fundamental. The only thing liberals have done -- and that Coulter hates -- is point out that nothing in the Constitution allows the right to marriage to be withheld from consenting adults.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 6, 2012 11:50:55 AM

  23. Coulter is just trying to stay relevant. No one has mentioned her name recently so she feels she need to stir the pot to get noticed. Being a provocateur is her schtick.
    Ignore her!

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 6, 2012 11:59:35 AM

  24. You uneducated illiterate Witch! The role of the United States Supreme Court is to determine the Constitutionality of LAW. Since many americans are without fundamental medical care because of decisions made in corporate meeting rooms and the cost is outrageous it is up to
    Congress and the President to pass laws that make medical insurance available to all. If marriage is offered to one group of people then it must be constitutionally mandated that all Americans be afforded the same opportunity. Because of the privacy clause in the Bill of Rights, a woman's right to choose what to do with her uterus
    is guaranteed.

    Posted by: John | Apr 6, 2012 12:06:33 PM

  25. you know, one of the (many) benefits of being a liberal is being able to sit back while plebes like Coulter and her fans make utter fools of themselves.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 6, 2012 12:35:15 PM

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