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Democratic plan to pack the Supreme Court is gaining momentum

June 12, 2020

  In what seems like a lifetime ago at this point, during the Democratic debates there was talk of adding justices to the Supreme Court in order to undo the conservative majority. Of course all the candidates supported this idea in one degree or another.

  Since that point  COVID-19 and George Floyd have overtaken the news cycle, however the issue of packing the Supreme Court has not gone away and could rear its head if we do indeed have an election at the end of this year.

  Here is more:

The movement on the left to pack the Supreme Court is gaining momentum.

A group of progressive organizations is for the first time supporting the proposal to add justices to the court in hopes of weakening the conservative majority, according to a memo provided to POLITICO.

The Progressive Change Institute, Be a Hero, Friends of the Earth, Presente and 350 are among those groups that are newly joining the call, according to organizers. Take Back the Court, Demand Justice and the Sunrise Movement, which previously backed the idea, also signed onto the open letter.

“Trump and the Republicans in Congress have used aggressive tactics, including eliminating the filibuster, to pack the courts with conservative ideologues and prevent the will of the people from being heard,” said Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

  Of course these groups fail to mention that the “aggressive tactics” of ending the filibuster for some judicial nominations was started by Harry Reid when the Democrats were in power before the Republicans expanded it to Supreme Court nominees, but that is an ugly little fact the Democrats would rather ignore.

  Here is more:

“From the fight for racial justice to efforts to stop climate change and protect our clean air and water, the current configuration of the court has consistently stood in the way of progress. We simply do not have a generation’s worth of time to replace judges.”

In the memo, the progressive organizations accused Republicans of themselves “manipulating the size of the court by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee for an open seat (and indicating that they would leave the seat open if Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election), then promptly changing Senate rules to fill the seat with a bare majority, rather than the previously-required 60 votes, when Trump took office.”

  This, of course, is not a new idea and it has been tried before but these are different times and there is no doubt in my mind the Democrats will not fail this time around if they are in power. On the off chance that Donald Trump somehow does manage to win reelection what do you think the Democrats would say if he tried to do the same in order to secure a conservative majority? Somehow I believe the calls of dictator would ring out all across the halls of the Congress…

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2020 9:11 pm

    Surprised that there is barely a mention of the Fynn hearing today with the Appeals Court… I happened to listen to it since what the heck I am still locked down…This is what happens when a court is a political set up…..disgusting… a Black Obama Judge was determined to make it racial… Flynn will lose and we can only hope Trump is re-elected. If not it will drag on to the next administration. He got the short end of a three judge panel.

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    • Dr. Jeff permalink
      June 13, 2020 4:30 am

      Time to warm up a get-out-the-vote movement. Keep it quiet, personal, below the point of media attention if possible, but do it.

      If Trump loses, Flynn would only be one of the first casualties.

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      • June 13, 2020 5:38 am

        You have to think that there are many who are supporting Trump who do not dare say so at this point, therefor there is no telling how accurate the polls are. Plus of course they skew the polls as well. I have to believe all that is going on right now is going to hurt the Democrats.

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    • June 13, 2020 5:36 am

      I didn’t see anything about Flynn until this morning and it sounds like they are not going to let this go. You are right, this is an example of what happens when the court is politicized and we should be worried about what happens if the Democrats do pack the courts.

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  2. peter3nj permalink
    June 13, 2020 6:32 am

    Its all over but the obituary.

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  3. Steve permalink
    June 13, 2020 10:08 am

    While I’m not a proponent of changing the number of justices on the SCOTUS, perhaps it’s time for Trump to pack it with conservatives in his next term. If the left wants more justices, I’m sure Trump could accommodate, just not in the way the left wants.

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    • June 14, 2020 5:59 am

      Watch how quickly the left turns on that idea! 🙂 I would love to see him just mention it so we could see their reaction!

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    • June 28, 2020 1:47 am

      And it couldn’t be soon enough. America is so far out in left field now, I pray it can be reigned back in…

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 28, 2020 6:39 am

        After years of indoctrination in the schools I believe it is too late. I hope I an wrong but the leftists have finally raised the generation they have longed for.

        Liked by 1 person

      • June 28, 2020 8:11 am

        Oh, you are so correct. I often wonder to where I could flee? I am particularly concerned that as the frontal lobe for empathy, compassion and deep thinking is erased from the dumbphone generation, that they will decide seniors and the elderly are a too costly non-essential and need to go.

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      • June 28, 2020 6:24 pm

        Like Reagan said, if we lose freedom here there is nowhere else to go.
        The too costly non-essentials or the useless eaters have now been defined during this COVID crisis. Anybody who was labeled as non-essential and prohibited from working to earn a living may one day be deemed expendable.

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      • June 28, 2020 8:03 pm

        With tech destroying the frontal lobe of compassion and deep thinking, I fear those days are sooner than later. I can easily hear Cortez or Omar stating seniors are too costly and need to go.

        Liked by 1 person

      • June 29, 2020 4:36 am

        That’s a good point as well. Tech might be convenient and useful but it comes with disastrous effects.

        Liked by 1 person

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