Now that Trump has suffered his first setback at the hands of our activist federal judiciary, it seems worthwhile to recount our experience in North Carolina over the last six years.
Republicans gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2010 election season. And over the next five years, they passed a lot of good legislation. Their opponents further to their left, however, had enormous legal resources at their disposal. One by one, they picked off many of the Republicans' best pieces of legislation in the activist courts, mostly at the federal level. It is, in fact, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with its lopsided democratic socialist majority, that rules the state of North Carolina. The citizens of our state do not govern themselves.
This, indeed, illustrates the absurdity of the left's protestations that Trump's election was undemocratic. There is nothing more undemocratic than the courts taking power inappropriately from the people's representatives. But that is what the media/left complex wants and expects and eagerly pursues.
They have an elaborate network of legal resources that stand ready to file suit against a wide range of conservative initiatives. Their lawyers have a generous pipeline of funding from the usual crowd to implement this work.
President Trump can expect that nearly everything he tries to do of any value will be fought in the courts. This is going to be one of the key strategies of the left because they know they have a large group of Obama/Clinton judges who will readily prostitute themselves for partisan and ideological victory.
But it is not just the Democrats. We learned this weekend that it was a Bush nominee who ruled against Trump. And of course, here in Greensboro, we had another Bush nominee, "Our Bill Osteen", who dropped the ball on another important question.
If Trump is going to be successful, he is going to need to develop a strategy to neutralize the activist federal judiciary. In fact, it was North Carolina Republicans' reluctance to assert their own state sovereignty that led to so many of the defeats they experienced.
Trump has other challenges, and will continue to have them-- delays engineered by the Senate democratic socialist leadership; opposition within his own party; and passive-aggressive performance on the part of his own party's leadership on Capitol Hill.
When we witness these episodes within the federal judiciary, however, we need to remain mindful that the other side fights to win. Their long march through the institutions includes our nation's law schools and the courts. We have to challenge some of the basic assumptions under which the federal courts operate, and the widely accepted ground rules, in order to have any semblance of hope that we can restore constitutional government.