House and Senate Dems are ready to introduce a court packing bill that would expand the Supreme Court to 13 justices. The bill is set to be announced on Thursday by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Hank Johnson, and Mondaire Jones.
On Wednesday night, Jones tweeted out what at first looked to be satire given the current ridicule surrounding the Democrats’ new definition of infrastructure.
Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure.
— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) April 15, 2021
This is not satire, sadly.
Court packing is not new. Roosevelt tried to change the number of justices to 15 in order to boost rulings on his New Deal programs.
Late Wednesday night the GOP House Judiciary Twitter account announced that Democrats on the judiciary committee had voted against keeping SCOTUS at nine judges.
#BREAKING: Democrats on the Judiciary Committee just voted against keeping the Supreme Court at nine justices!
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 15, 2021
Senator Tom Cotton responded that such a move could destroy the Supreme Court.
Packing the Supreme Court would destroy the Supreme Court.
The Democrats will do anything for power.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 15, 2021
TPUSA’s Benny Johnson reminded social media about how liberal hero Ruth Bader Ginsberg was opposed to the concept of court packing.
FLASHBACK— RBG BLASTED court-packing in 2019:
Court-packing is a "bad idea" that "would make the court appear partisan… I’m not at all in favor of that"pic.twitter.com/OFVf4VDByt
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 10, 2021
National Review’s David Harsanyi dug up a quote from the Roosevelt era that pretty much sums up the whole thing.
FDR’s Court-packing scheme, wrote the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 1937, “is a measure which should be so emphatically rejected that its parallel will never again be presented to the free representatives of the free people of America.”
Harsanyi went on to point out that liberals have spent years delegitimizing SCOTUS only to do an about-face once Congress changed hands.
Today, modern progressives, intent on centralizing state power and nullifying constitutional protections for the minority, disagree. After spending four years delegitimizing the Supreme Court, they’ve convinced Joe Biden to create the “Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court,” which is another step in normalizing the idea of packing the Supreme Court.
We knew this was coming. Will Americans allow their representatives to turn SCOTUS into a never-ending battle of benches? Will America one day see 100 or even 200 justices as each Congress tries to “out-Justice” the last?