Ted Cruz Has An EPIC Message For ‘Rogue’ Supreme Court Justices

Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz did not hold back in expressing what he thinks about the Supreme Court’s two most controversial decisions in recent memory.

Cruz told radio talk show host Sean Hannity: “Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”

“I couldn’t say it more eloquently,” Hannity responded.

“Yesterday and today were both naked and shameless judicial activism,” Cruz went on. “Neither decision — the decision yesterday rewriting Obamacare for the second time. Six justices joined the Obama administration. You now have President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius and six justices responsible for forcing this failed disaster of a law on millions of Americans, and simply rewriting the law in a way that is fundamentally contrary to their judicial oaths.”

“And then today, this radical decision purporting to strike down the marriage laws of every state. It has no connection to the United States Constitution. They are simply making it up,” Cruz said. “It is lawless, and in doing so, they have undermined the fundamentally legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court.”

“If those justices want to become legislators, I invite them to resign and run for office,” Cruz reprimanded. “That’s the appropriate place to write laws — on this floor, not that courtroom.”

Cruz took to the Senate floor yesterday to express his profound disagreement with the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Obamacare subsidies paid through the federal exchange.

“These rogue Houdinis have transmogrified a federal exchange into an exchange ‘established by the state.’ This is lawless,” the senator asserted.

He quoted Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote in the dissent that “Words no longer have meaning” and that the law should be referred to as “SCOTUScare” because of the Supreme Court’s commitment to saving it using “somersaults” of statutory interpretation.

“Unelected judges have once again become legislators and bad ones at that,” said Cruz. “They are lawless, and they hide the prevarication in legalise. Our government was designed to be one of laws, not men.”

The senator then used the same metaphor Chief Justice John Roberts (author of yesterday’s Obamacare majority opinion) employed during his 2005 confirmation hearing to define the role of those who sit on the high court. “These justices are not behaving as umpires calling balls and strikes,” said Cruz. “They have joined a team, and it’s a team that is hurting Americans across this country.”

Roberts said in his opening statement at his confirmation hearing: “Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them…And I will remember that it’s my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.”

Both Cruz and Roberts began their legal careers serving as clerks on the Supreme Court for the conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a decade apart. Perhaps, Cruz invoked the memory of their former boss to highlight that Roberts had strayed from the beliefs about the rule of law and role of the court for which Rehnquist stood (though the former Chief Justice would have likely approved of Roberts’ stance regarding whether the court should redefine marriage. For those supporters of same-sex marriage, Roberts wrote “…celebrate today’s decision…but do not celebrate the Constitution. It has nothing to do with it. I respectfully dissent.”)

“If Chief Justice Rehnquist could see this court today,” said Cruz, “he would be filled with sorrow at what has become of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The candidate then shifted his focus to what is next. “It is now up to us, to keep our promise,” he said. “I believe 2016 will be a national referendum on repealing Obamacare….I remain fully committed to repealing every single word of [it].”

h/t: Daily Caller and The Politistick

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The White House Just Changed Their Profile Picture To THIS Following SCOTUS Ruling

In light of the historic Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage, many institutions used social media Friday to take a victory lap.

Not surprisingly, President Obama, Vice President Biden, The White House, and the Democratic Party all took to various social media platforms to celebrate Friday’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, showing off the rainbow colors and offering statements of support:

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Several companies also showed their support on Twitter, including telecommunications giant AT&T and Starbucks:

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream renamed their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor to “I Dough, I Dough” at their walk-in shops.

Even sports teams got in on the action:

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h/t: Young Cons

Are you disgusted by this flaunting, or are they entitled to do so? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Film Critic Calls For The Banning Of This Classic Movie – His Reason Why Is Beyond Stupid

What began as a concentrated push to remove the Confederate flag flying at South Carolina’s Statehouse has escalated in recent days to become an increasing attack on anything related to the Civil War period. As radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted earlier this week, some activists are also calling for the American flag to be removed on the basis of its ostensibly oppressive symbolism.

The effort to whitewash America’s history has already made an appearance in the realm of film review – as evidenced by a recent New York Post editorial by Lou Lumenick.

Earlier this week, he penned an editorial with a headline that left no doubt about his position on a Hollywood classic.

“’Gone with the Wind’ should go the way of the Confederate flag,” the title stated. What followed was an article trashing the perceived racism of the 1939 film, leading to Lumenick’s conclusion that the work of art should be destroyed.

The record-shattering film still ranks as one of Hollywood’s greatest successes; however, Lumenick sees similarities to an even earlier film now widely considered to contain racist themes.

Lumenick wrote that Gone with the Wind shares traits with Birth of a Nation, “which was considered one of the greatest American movies as late as the 1960s, but is now rarely screened, even in museums.”

He derided the “subtle racism” he found in the later film, describing it as “in some ways more insidious” than blatant bigotry.

Pointing to the fact that Warner Bros., which owns the rights to Gone with the Wind, has recently curtailed licensing of products bearing the Confederate flag, Lumenick suggested the company do the same with this classic film.

“It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museums salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor,” he concluded “—and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.”

Should Americans be forced to scrub any reference to the Civil War from our collective history? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Major Corporations Rush To Applaud ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling

In the aftermath of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday, both news and social media outlets discussed little else. The landmark decision legalizes ‘gay marriage’ in all 50 states – a move many critics contend exceeded the judicial branch’s constitutional grasp.

Many directly affected by the decision, however, shared their joy over a perceived victory.

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Beyond the overwhelmingly positive reaction social media users expressed, however, was the immediate – and nearly universal – praise the ruling received from major corporations. A flood of tweets by Coca-Cola, AT&T, CVS and a host of other companies posted glowing endorsements of ‘gay marriage.’ Many linked to trending hashtags – such as #LoveWins and #LoveIsLove – in an effort to reach even more users with their posts.

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While it is too early to tell if the calculated reaction to such a divisive issue will pay off for the companies that participated, early social media response indicates fans of certain brands were more eager to endorse the ruling than others.

Even among the largely positive response to posts by companies like Chipotle, however, are a fair number of critical opinions. Some of that backlash came on moral grounds…

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…while much of it derided these companies for ostensibly hijacking a weighty social issue to hawk a product or service.

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Much of the opposition, however, dealt with the apparent hypocrisy with which ‘gay marriage’ advocates react to businesses with an expressed opinion on the subject.

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Though most of the comments are independent thoughts either in favor of or against the high court’s ruling, Southwest Airlines’ supportive tweet sparked the following exchange:

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The Week published an article Friday chronicling the rapid response of public relations teams in the minutes after the decision was announced. Author Scott Meslow concluded that, while expressing a corporate position can have a potential upside, “there’s also something a little unseemly about the self-congratulatory eagerness as these brands have jumped to associate themselves with an extremely popular social movement – and, of course, managed to shoehorn in pictures of their products while doing it.”

Does a corporation’s stance on ‘gay marriage’ change your opinion of the brand? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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BREAKING: NY Prison Escapee Shot And Killed, Second One Being Pursued By Police

Multiple sources report that Richard Matt, one of the two escapees from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, was shot and killed Friday. David Sweat, the second fugitive, is still being pursued by police.

The New York Times has the story:

Richard W. Matt, one of the convicted murderers who staged an elaborate escape from New York’s largest prison nearly three weeks ago, was shot and killed on Friday by federal agents, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

There was a report of a second episode of gunfire as law enforcement officers pursued David Sweat, the other inmate, according to the two people. Mr. Sweat’s fate was unclear.

The shots were reported as law enforcement officers zeroed in on an area of remote terrain in Franklin County, near where investigators discovered evidence in two hunting cabins that indicated the missing inmates had been there.

It marked a violent turn in a sprawling manhunt that began in Dannemora, N.Y., a village near the Canadian border, and soon spread to large swaths of the state after Mr. Sweat and Mr. Matt engineered a daring breakout from Clinton Correctional Facility.

The escape set off a statewide search on foot and by air, with hundreds of officers marching in tight formations through dense woods and checking on more than 2,000 tips.

The Times noted the duo escaped either late Friday, June 5, or early Saturday, June 6.

Two prison workers, including one corrections officer, have been charged in aiding and abetting the duo in their escape from the Dannemora facility constructed in 1865. It was the first time any prisoners were successfully able to escape in its history.

Matt was serving 25 years to life after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997, while Sweat was serving a life sentence for killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002.

Sweat remains at large – Fox News, CNN, and Reuters are all reporting the same information as of this publishing.

Please check back for any updated information as this story develops.

Have you been following this story? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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