Court Packing

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by David Nussman  •  •  November 5, 2020   

Biden's stance on bending SCOTUS to his will

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Joe Biden plans to remake the Supreme Court in his own image.

After liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, leftists have floated the idea of adding seats to the Supreme Court to pack it full of ideologues who support the Democrats' agenda.

The number of justices fluctuated in the early years of the United States but settled at nine in 1869.

The first person to propose "court packing" was Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in 1937. He wanted to put as many as 15 justices on the high court to help him ram through his New Deal.

Earlier in the campaign, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris refused to answer whether they plan to radically alter the nation's highest court.

But after enough pressure, Biden finally declared he plans on setting up a committee — to explore the idea of court packing: "And I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack."

For decades, Senate Democrats have tried to ruin the reputation of anyone the GOP nominates for the Supreme Court.

Republican senator Mike Lee of Utah commented on this during the confirmation process last month for Justice Amy Coney Barrett: "Once again, Democrats went low — cruelly, disgustingly low."

One of the fears that leftists have is that conservative justices — who care about the Constitution rather than ideology — would overturn Roe v. Wade, potentially kicking abortion law back to the states.

Senator Amy Klobuchar chastised Barrett: "You have signed your name to a public statement, featured in an ad, a paid ad, that called for an end to what it — the ad called — 'the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade.'"

Democrats are also worried that Justice Barrett will overturn Obamacare — in part or whole — as unconstitutional.

Senator Chuck Grassley grilled Barrett: "Have you committed to the president or anyone else that you will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act if confirmed to the court?"

She replied, "Absolutely not. I was never asked. And if I had been, that would've been a short conversation."

Republicans want the Supreme Court to uphold the Constitution, as part of the checks and balances in the federal government.

But Democrats want to weaponize the court to aid their political agenda.

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