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American Greatness

The Left sees success only through altering the rules of governance or changing the demography of the electorate—or both. 

 

Court packing—the attempt to enlarge the size of the Supreme Court for short-term political purposes—used to be a dirty word in the history of American jurisprudence. 

The tradition of a nine-person Supreme Court is now 153 years old. The last attempt to expand it for political gain was President Franklin Roosevelt’s failed effort in 1937. FDR’s gambit was so blatantly political that even his overwhelming Democratic majority in Congress rebuffed him. 

Yet now “court packing” is a law school cause célèbre. It is hailed as a supposedly quick fix to reverse the current 5-4 conservative majority. 

 

Recently, a rough draft of an opinion purportedly overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that had legalized abortion in all 50 states was leaked to the media by someone inside the court. 

That insider leak of a draft opinion was a first in the modern history of the Supreme Court. It violated all court protocols. Yet it was met with stunning approval from the American Left. 

The leaker either intended to create a preemptive public backlash against the purported court majority in the hope that one or two justices might cave and switch under pressure—or to gin up the progressive base to fend off a likely disaster in the November midterm elections.   

The recent leak, however, is consistent with a left-wing assault on the Court that has intensified over the last five years. Democrats have gone ballistic ever since George W. Bush and especially Donald Trump’s appointees solidified a conservative majority  :snip:

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losing-the-people-then-change-the-rules
American Greatness

The Left sees success only through altering the rules of governance or changing the demography of the electorate—or both. 

 

Court packing—the attempt to enlarge the size of the Supreme Court for short-term political purposes—used to be a dirty word in the history of American jurisprudence. 

The tradition of a nine-person Supreme Court is now 153 years old. The last attempt to expand it for political gain was President Franklin Roosevelt’s failed effort in 1937. FDR’s gambit was so blatantly political that even his overwhelming Democratic majority in Congress rebuffed him. 

Yet now “court packing” is a law school cause célèbre. It is hailed as a supposedly quick fix to reverse the current 5-4 conservative majority. 

 

 

1. I recall reading about Roosevelt's Court Packing Attempt in Grade School then in High School. If memory serves we were taught that this was NOT a good thing. This was one of the few shameful things Roosevelt did. And once again if memory serves even most Senate Democrats said No No No, Ain't Gonna Happen.

2. Starting in say *2009 there is Nothing The Left won't do to get their way. As far as they are concerned There Are No Rules.

3.* What happened in 2009? Chicago politics came to Washington DC. And they found A Lot of people who saw this as a Good Thing.  Remember how Obama said he was going to "Change The Country"? Take a look around at society & politics today. Maybe I'm looking back through Rose Colored Glasses, But I think I have a point.

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