The left’s claws and teeth have been bared and bloodied this seminal, shattering year of 2020, tearing into everyone who dares contradict its slavering radicalism as toxic, hateful, racist, and any other canard that might aid it in its cancellation fever. But few of these efforts have been as transparently partisan and power-grabbing as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s fervid denunciations of the Federalist Society.
The Federalist Society, founded in 1982, is an organization of right-leaning legal professionals and rising professionals. It includes lawyers, law students, judges, elected officials and law professors (the few right-leaning ones who are permitted by faculties so overrun by left-wing ideologues that they actively and thoroughly discriminate against hiring non-leftists). The Society was established in response to the increasing leftwing bias of the American Bar Association (ABA), which has only become more pronounced in the intervening decades. But when it hosts events, the Federalist Society eagerly seeks participants from the left, so that a spirited exchange of views occurs, rather than an intellectually monochromal pep rally.
The Federalist Society is hardly the “dark” force that Whitehouse described in May 2019, installing judges that are poised to systematically and relentlessly dismantle government agencies.” Unless, that is, you agree with Whitehouse that any disagreement with his personal political or legal views is a darkness needing to be banished, and that any restraint on arbitrary and partisan behavior by regulatory agencies is an unconscionable attack on government omnipotence.
Whitehouse’s attack on the Federalist Society is so blinkered as to veer into mendacity. He rages against the fact that one law-school dean communicates regularly with the president of the Federalist Society, and that one judge — the esteemed Naomi Rao of the District of Columbia Circuit — retains connections with an organization to which she has belonged since law school. He fumes that big-money donors fund a scholarly center that seeks to rein in some of the most egregious excesses of the administrative state. And he pretends that this pursuit of legal restraint is really a dark, sweaty effort to bring down modern American government.
His solution to this asserted threat to democracy is transparency and disclosure. But these are odd conclusions and solutions to be put by such a man in such a statement. For in his partisanship, Whitehouse does not stop for a moment to transparently consider or evenhandedly disclose, the relationships between left-leaning deans, professors and judges with leftist donors and influencers. He hasn’t canvassed the country or even made even a cursory effort to disclose what the left is up to. In his canned shriek of manufactured horror at the spending by those on the right for the advancement of their legal theories, he does not stop to dissect the massive amounts of money that George Soros alone has spent to install far-left district attorneys who have in this riot year demonstrated their hesitation to enforce the law against “mostly peaceful” rioters and arsonists with whom they sympathize.