George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court in 2005, assuring conservatives that he was a strict constitutionalist like Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
But John Roberts quickly proved that to be false, casting the deciding vote against conservatives on everything from abortion and religious freedom to ObamaCare’s constitutionality.
And now John Roberts just betrayed conservatives in a case where even liberal justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer voted right.
The Supreme Court recently took up the case of Chike Uzuegbunam, a student who wanted to sue Georgia Gwinnett College for violating his First Amendment freedoms by restricting the area on campus where he could express his Christian faith.
Georgia Gwinnett College had told Uzuegbunam that he could only share his religious views in two approved “free speech zones,” an area that included only 1% of the entire campus.
But in an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled Uzuegbunam could sue the college, with liberals Sotomayor, Kagan and Bryer even saying he had the right to sue over Gwinnett College violating his free speech rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.
However, John Roberts offered the lone dissent, saying that Uzuegbunam could seek nominal damages of $1 and that this 8-1 decision would sully the reputation of the Supreme Court.
“Today’s decision risks a major expansion of the judicial role,” Roberts added. “Until now, we have said that federal courts can review the legality of policies and actions only as a necessary incident to resolving real disputes.”
Of course, this is just the latest in a long line of conservative betrayals for John Roberts.
But with Joe Biden and the Democrats threatening to “remake” the Supreme Court, this could be John Roberts’s weird way of showing the Left that he’s willing to do whatever they say to stop them from changing the structure of the court.
While the Democrats have signaled there are other issues that are higher on their wishlist, make no mistake that they desperately want to pack Justices onto the bench of the Supreme Court.
In fact, they could very well be waiting for an opening on the bench to add more than one.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.