In 1963 the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Gideon v. Wainwright decision that, if you cannot afford counsel, the court is required to provide an attorney at taxpayer expense. Up until that time, attorneys were only appointed in capital cases. The court would review and rule on the merit of each case separately. But with the Gideon court, the new ruling was that your right to counsel actually means an attorney at taxpayer expense for every trial. For those interested, the majority opinion was delivered by Hugo Black. (More on that later.)
With the Gideon decision, lawyering became a growth industry. Counties had to have a public defenders office to comply with the ruling. This make-work-for-lawyers decision saw more people wanting to be lawyers because they would have a guaranteed salary off of the backs of the taxpayers.
So now we have libtards telling us how taxpayer funded abortions are a right; how taxpayer funded government “healthcare” is a right; how taxpayer funded contraceptives are a right. This is all because we have a taxpayer funded right to an attorney. We don’t, actually. If we do, then what about my right to keep and bear arms? The Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller and in McDonald v. City of Chicago (where Justice Alito rips Justice Stevens a new one), that every citizen in the United States has a right to own and possess a firearm for personal protection. Since this right was affirmed by the Supreme Court, does that mean that the taxpayers have to pay for my guns and ammunition? According to the liberal logic of “rights that cost money should be paid by the taxpayers,” it does. But liberals will tell you it doesn’t because it is somehow “different.” That’s their entire argument. Your right is different than mine so you don’t get yours. Nice try, douchebags.
As for Hugo Black. When he ran as a Democrat for the State Senate of Alabama, he joined the KKK because he thought it would be the best way to be assured of winning. Not only was he a racist, he also hated Catholics with a passion.
In 1921, Black successfully defended E. R. Stephenson in the sensationalistic trial for the murder of a Catholic priest Father James E. Coyle. He joined the Ku Klux Klan shortly after, thinking it necessary for his political career. Running for the Senate as the “people’s” candidate, Black believed he needed the votes of Klan members. Near the end of his life, Black would admit that joining the Klan was a mistake, but he went on to say “I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes.”
Scholars and biographers have recently examined Black’s religious views. Ball finds regarding the Klan that Black “sympathized with the group’s economic, nativist, and anti-Catholic beliefs.” Newman says he “disliked the Catholic Church as an institution” and gave numerous anti-Catholic speeches in his 1926 election campaign to KKK meetings across Alabama.
It was Justice Hugo Black that used Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state phrase in the Everson v. Board of Education decision. Not because he believed that the government should be separate from all churches, but because he believed that the government should be separate from the Catholic church!
And now, we have Barack Obama and the slut and prostitute Sandra Fluke back on the Hugo Black catholic hunting trail demanding that catholic institutions provide contraceptives for their employees, and damn their first amendment right to religion. They’re Catholics, after all.
Justice Hugo Black would be proud.