Following recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t go their way, far-left extremists in Washington are renewing their call to effectively take it down by expanding and then packing it with progressive, activist justices more in tune with their agenda.
The Supreme Court recently ruled against racial discrimination in college admissions, against Joe Biden’s attempt to twist the law to spend $430 billion on a student loan bailout against Congress’s wishes, and against LGBT activists in a free speech case. Needless to say, progressives and other leftists who support these pet projects were none-too-happy with the High Court (via Washington Examiner’s Restoring America):
Progressive Democrats are not taking these decisions well. Indeed, they’re responding by effectively calling to destroy the Supreme Court as we know it. “The Supreme Court is corrupt and continues to fail the people of this country,” far-Left Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) tweeted. “Expand the court.”
“With this Court demonstrating time & again its contempt for the people, every option must be on the table … expand the Court … Our lives & our democracy depend on it,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) added.
“People don’t have to live under constant fear of the Supreme Court,” Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) concurred. “We can’t sit on our hands while these justices carry out the bidding of right-wing organizations. Expand the Court.” Even activist groups like Planned Parenthood got in on the “expand the court” clamor. (Emphasis mine)
In reality, “expand the court” is a merely Orwellian doublespeak used by politicians to hide their true intentions: packing the Supreme Court with progressives and judicial activists who will use their unelected position to shred the Constitution they are sworn to defend. Packing the courts is a tactic often employed by dictators in authoritarian regimes, rendering the judiciary irrelevant after expanding and filling it with cronies ready to advance the agenda of far-left extremist.
Expanding and packing the Supreme Court has been brewing in far-left circles ever since the 2020 election.
The original legislation (The Judiciary Act of 2021) was introduced in April that year by Sen. Ed Markey (MA), House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (NY) and Reps. Hank Johnson (GA) and Mondaire Jones (NY). The Judiciary Act calls for enlarging the Supreme Court from nine seats to 13 seats, a move the lawmakers said would “reform” and restore balance to a court that they say held a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Some people will say we’re packing the court. We’re not packing it, we’re unpacking it. Senator McConnell and the Republicans packed the court over the past couple of years,” said Nadler at the time. “So, this is a reaction to that. It’s a necessary step in the evolution of the court.”
Joe Biden pretended to oppose the Judiciary Act of 2021 but as politicians are prone to do, Biden simply waited a few days for the heat to cool before announcing the formation of a “bipartisan” commission to conduct a 180-day study of potential changes to the Court, including court packing and setting term limits for justices.
“The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals,” the White House said in a statement.
The intentions of the Judiciary Act are as plain as the nose on your face, and we need look no further than Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) attack on Justice Stephen Breyer in 2021 for proof.
A few days before the Justice Act of 2021 was introduced, Demand Justice, a Chuck Schumer-led group that describes itself as “a progressive movement fighting to restore balance to the courts,” demanded Breyer’s retirement to begin transforming the high court — a transformation that included packing and hijacking the Supreme Court.
Ironically, Justice Bryer openly opposed expanding the Supreme Court, saying it would ultimately undermine public trust in the court and its decisions.
“I hope and expect that the court will retain its authority. But that authority, like the rule of law, depends on trust, a trust that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics. Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust.” (Emphasis mine)
One of the things preventing Schumer and his far-left extremist buddies from succeeding is the reality of a likely filibuster, which is why he has been working on a filibuster “reform” plan.
Getting rid of the filibuster was part of the Judiciary Act of 2021 when it was first introduced. “Clearly, we would want Republicans to vote with us,” said Markey. “But if they are not willing to participate in that effort, then we can still do this on a basis of 51 votes, and that will ultimately require a repeal of the filibuster and passage of this legislation with 51 votes.”
In the waning days of COVID tyranny, the Supreme Court ruled in 2021 to overturn Joe Biden’s eviction moratorium — a decision he openly admitted was likely due to its unconstitutionality — prompting far-left extremists to push for packing the court with enough activist justices to make them a majority.
Despite Democrat control of Congress at the time, the Judiciary Act of 2021 went nowhere, but the plan saw new life in 2022 when, in response to the leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority opinion regarding Roe v. Wade, far-left extremists called for eliminating the filibuster in the Senate, taking down the Supreme Court by expanding the number of seats on the bench, and codifying the right to murder unborn babies as the law of the land.
When the Supreme Court officially released its ruling “overturning” abortion last year, Ed Markey and Hank Johnson reintroduced the legislation (Judiciary Act of 2023):
“We’re going to reclaim these seats,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said at a press conference.
“Today, a 6-3, far-right supermajority on the United States Supreme Court threatens our rights, our democracy and our planet. To restore our democracy, we must expand the United States Supreme Court, and we must do so now. Republicans captured the court against the will of most Americans,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).
The Judiciary Act of 2023 also enjoys the support of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and army of pro-abortion groups for obvious reasons.
Biden is still trying to play the middle ground concerning the Supreme Court but following their recent ruling ending race-based affirmative action in college admissions, he declared: “This is not a normal court.”
Something tells me that it won’t be long before he caves to the far-left extremist allies he needs to win in 2024 and plays the “I was against it before I was for it” card.
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