For many years now we have been telling CHQ readers that Democrats who run for public
office are not really interested in administering a constitutional republic – they are all about getting, keeping and using power.
The threats to change congressional rules, such as the Senate filibuster, and actually stripping Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments for the sin of being a conservative are two salient examples of Democrats exercising power for power’s sake.
But the Democrats’ most vicious attack on constitutional liberty came yesterday as congressional Democrats introduced legislation to pack the Supreme Court – expanding its membership from nine to thirteen – and the Biden White House floated a plan for a commission on Supreme Court “reform” that would include reappraisal of “the Court's role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court's case selection, rules, and practices."
Biden’s willingness to go along with or at least seriously entertain a court packing scheme shows how far advanced the idea is in Democrat circles since Biden himself once called it a “bonehead idea.”
Conservatives should make no mistake about where this is headed: this plan, coupled with the Democrats’ HR1 and S 1 election legislation, is intended to create a one-party state – with the Democrats being the party in charge.
Conservatives and Republicans have quickly begun to organize against this assault on our constitutional republic, with Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning pointing out the broad opposition to the Democrats’ plan to dismantle the Supreme Court:
Today’s announcement that Democrat congressional leaders are going all-in on packing the Supreme Court is more evidence that the very slender, far-left Democrat majority intends to seize and maintain power using any tactic available, even if it means destroying the independence of the judicial branch of government.
Given that court packing is now actively in play, every GOP Senator and House Member along with any rational Democrat members of Congress must push back by cosponsoring the Keep Nine constitutional amendment by Senator Ted Cruz (SJR 9) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (HJR 11).
The Keep Nine amendment has more than 100 House cosponsors and has gained unanimous support from the Republican National Committee, along with support from Rep. John Katko (R-NY), chair of the liberal Republican Governance Group as well as the support of Freedom Caucus Chairman, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Republican Study Committee leader Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). This broad-based conference-wide support demonstrates there is no disagreement about the need for the Keep Nine amendment which simply states, ‘The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices.’
Recent polling by John McLaughlin shows that the Keep Nine amendment enjoys 62-18 percent support. Among voters with an opinion, overwhelming majorities of both Republicans and Democrats support the Keep Nine amendment.
Yet no Democrat in Congress has signed on to cosponsor the amendment.
And the Democrat-aligned establishment media has begun a full-throated campaign to justify the court packing scheme on the basis that – get this – conservatives (or at least Republicans) have too many seats due to the existing constitutional appointment process.
So where is this existential threat to constitutional liberty headed and at what speed?
Some political observers believe that the Democrats’ real goal is not to engage in the bloody fight necessary to actually legislate a court expansion. Rather the intention is to intimidate Chief Justice John Roberts and squishy Republicans like Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch into agreeing to their agenda.
As our friend former assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy noted in a column for The Hill:
…FDR was able to use the court-packing threat to pressure the high court to change course. Progressives will attempt to use Biden’s gambit to do the same thing.
This is a smart political play. In Chief Justice John Roberts, the court is led by a jurist who prizes the tribunal’s reputation as a nonpartisan institution over the imperative to reach correct results — if those results will be condemned by the dogmatically progressive media-Democrat complex.
Whether the Democrats’ court packing gambit is serious or an attempt to intimidate the existing justices is irrelevant – it must be met with iron opposition because the results will be the same, the erosion of constitutional liberty and the inexorable advance of the one-party state.
The toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), call and urge your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the Keep Nine constitutional amendment offered by Senator Ted Cruz (SJR 9) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (HJR 11). Call today, the future of constitutional liberty depends upon it.
Commission on Supreme Court reform
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