Progressive activists who are furious over recent Supreme Court decisions and terrified of potential future ones are looking at numerous ways in which the Supreme Court can be reshaped to better suit their whims.
While many of these individuals acknowledge that the outlandish options they are considering could completely undermine the legal system of the United States, they are still willing to promote them in order to prevent the Supreme Court from interfering with their current and future plans.
The idea of packing the Supreme Court has been popular in liberal circles for some time. Activists started discussing it even before President Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this year. Liberals acknowledge that having a Democrat president and Senate pack the court is risky because a Republican president and Senate can do the same in the future. However, activists are hoping that continually discussing the idea of packing the court will intimidate conservative justices, on the court and cause them to rule in favor of liberal causes.
At the same time, the packing idea isn’t the only one that is being discussed in progressive circles. The Roosevelt Institute has listed five ways in which the Supreme Court can be made to bend to liberals’ will, and these ideas include limiting the jurisdiction the Supreme Court has over certain matters, placing term limits on justices, looking for ways to impeach certain Supreme Court justices and even ignoring Supreme Court decisions altogether.
Naturally, if Republican activists and a conservative think tanks were talking about these measures, the mainstream news media would be outraged. However, progressives have made a number of excuses for themselves to justify their plans to subvert the Supreme Court and prevent it from doing its job.
The Roosevelt Institute notes that four out of the nine Supreme Court justices were appointed by two presidents who lost the popular vote, ignoring the fundamental fact that the Founding Fathers set up the United States as a constitutional republic, not a democracy. The electoral voting system, maligned by many on the left, is meant to ensure that states across the Union have a say in who becomes president rather than having large population centers such as California and New York make the decision for the whole country.
Liberals also claim that their moves would “save democracy” from a government that is not carrying out the people’s wishes while conveniently ignoring the fact that Supreme Court justices are confirmed by the Senate, a body of representatives that is voted on by the people. Given the fact that the Republicans have not only held on to the Senate but even expanded their majority, it is clear that most voters are happy with their confirmation of the last two Supreme Court judges.
At least a few liberals are honest about their reasons for opposing the current Supreme Court. Todd Tucker, a legal scholar at the Roosevelt Institute, recently stated his concerns that the current Supreme Court would strike down aggressive Green New Deal policies that far-left Democrats hope to pass in the near future. Given the fact that these policies will most likely interfere with property rights, it is likely that they would be deemed unconstitutional; however, undermining the judicial system of the United States simply because one branch won’t comply with a single party’s wishes is a recipe for disaster for everyone involved.
The sad fact is that many liberals cannot handle the fact that many people in the United States strongly disagree with their positions. These activists are now not only looking for ways to force their agenda on the masses but are also seeking to undermine the system of checks and balances that ensures the entire country remains stable and successful.
~ Conservative Zone