“I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation”
Democrats have shelved the idea of passing the ‘Build Back Better’ bill for now and have moved on to trying to federalize elections under the guise of voting rights.
Elizabeth Warren, however, has circled back to the idea of packing the United States Supreme Court with liberal justices.
Brian Flood reports at FOX News:
Elizabeth Warren calls for Congress to expand Supreme Court: ‘I believe it’s time’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., called for Congress to use its constitutional authority to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.
In a Boston Globe op-ed published Wednesday headlined simply, “Expand the Supreme Court,” Warren became the latest Democrat to call for more justices beyond the traditional nine as conservatives currently have a 6-3 majority.
“I don’t come to this conclusion lightly or because I disagree with a particular decision; I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation,” Warren wrote, noting threats to eliminate Roe v. Wade and a person’s right to choose sparked her decision.
“For years, I have argued for reforms to the ethical practices of the Supreme Court. Justices should not be allowed to receive big checks and all-expenses-paid trips from extremist right-wing legal groups or go on expensive hunting trips with litigants who appear before the court,” Warren wrote. “But the problems with today’s court run deeper than ethical abuses.”
Warren made her case to MSNBC’s Joy Reid this week and hurled insult after insult at the Supreme Court. She all but called it illegitimate:
This extremist Supreme Court has undercut long-established laws that protect unions, people's right to their day in court, and voting rights. This Court has lost the respect of the American people. We need to bring in more justices so we can get some balance back in this Court. pic.twitter.com/y8P3IOf5fs
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 16, 2021
Biden’s commission to study the idea of packing the Supreme Court came up with nothing and fizzled out earlier this month.
Even the editorial board of the liberal Washington Post has decided it won’t work:
The Supreme Court should be reformed. But court packing is a terrible idea.
This month’s Supreme Court arguments on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which did not go well for the pro-choice side, have rattled Democratic senators to the point that more are talking about reforming the court.
“It is hard to watch that — and I did watch a fair amount of it — and not conclude that the court has become a partisan institution,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said of the hearings, in which conservative justices appeared ready to gut, if not totally overturn, the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. “And so the question becomes, well: What do we do about it? I’m not sure. But I don’t think the answer is nothing.”
Congress should indeed consider whether to act — but carefully. A new report from a bipartisan presidential commission underscores that court reform could bolster judicial independence and the court’s legitimacy. Or it could do the opposite…
Some Democrats believe the solution is to pack the court with Democratic nominees, expanding its size, while they still have congressional majorities. This would be a historic mistake. It would sap the court’s legitimacy for no long-term benefit; Republicans could re-pack the court the next time they controlled Congress and the White House.
Warren and other Democrats constantly claimed Trump was destroying America’s cherished norms. How does packing the U.S. Supreme Court fit into preserving such norms?DONATE
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