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WHY COURT PACKING WOULD BE DESTRUCTIVE

Lord, guide us with Your Spirit of discernment and truth. Help us navigate these issues with your grace.

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26 to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “If Republicans confirm Judge Barrett,” tweeted Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in response, “end the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” In other words, if at first you don’t succeed, rig the rules.

Numerous other Democratic politicians have either explicitly expressed their support for this or said that “everything is on the table,” including Sens. Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Mazie Hirono, as well as Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Kennedy, and many others.

When asked during the Sept. 29 debate whether he supported packing the Supreme Court, presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “I’m not going to answer the question.” His running mate, Harris, has also avoided the question recently.  . . .

Keeping the judiciary separate from manipulation by the political branches was one of the reasons for American independence from Great Britain. Chief Justice William Rehnquist once described judicial independence as the “crown jewel of our system of government.”

That jewel is easy to admire until its results don’t fit your politics. Court-packing refers to changing the structure of the judiciary to add judges deemed likely to render favorable decisions.

While America’s Founders sought to separate the judiciary from politics, court-packing deliberately brings them together. . . .

After his landslide reelection in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed creating and filling additional judicial positions so that the Supreme Court would uphold, rather than strike down, his New Deal legislation.

Even though Democrats enjoyed enormous Senate and House supermajorities in the 75th Congress (1937-38), they rejected Roosevelt’s court-packing plan. The Judiciary Committee report on the bill said such court-packing’s “ultimate effect would undermine the independence of the courts” and “expand political control over the judicial department.”

The report’s arguments apply as much today as they did more than 80 years ago. Court-packing is simply “an attempt to change the course of judicial decision” by “neutralizing the views of some of the present members.”

Disagreeing with some judicial decisions, however, does not justify destroying the judiciary itself. “It is far better,” they said, “that we await orderly but inevitable change of personnel than that we impatiently overwhelm them with new members.” . . .

With the exception of five years during the Civil War period, the court has had nine members since 1837. In a 2019 National Public Radio interview, Ginsburg said that nine “seems to be a good number” and opposed court-packing because it would undermine “the safeguards for judicial independence, [which] are as great or greater than anyplace else in the world.”

To ensure that legislation to change the Supreme Court’s size is not only passed but signed into law, court-packers would have to control both houses of Congress and the executive branch. More than that, they would have to change the legislative process itself.

The Senate and House of Representatives were designed to participate in the legislative process in different ways. The House is designed for action, with everything happening by majority vote.

The Senate is designed for deliberation, with rules that allow the minority to have a significant voice. Rule 22, for example, requires 60 votes to invoke cloture, or end debate, on a bill. A group of senators lacking the votes to defeat final passage of a bill might still be able to get their way by preventing any final vote at all. . . .

The filibuster has been part of the Senate’s legislative process since the turn of the 19th century. In fact, the opportunity for extended debate has been called the single most distinctive feature of the Senate since it was established in 1789.

Under the current rules, as long as 41 senators vote against ending debate on a court-packing bill, it could not pass the Senate and could not become law.

This is why Markey, Harris, Schumer, Warren, and many others want to “end the filibuster.” They want to lower the number of votes needed to end debate from 60 to a simple majority, the same as necessary for passing a bill.

While changing the actual words of Senate rules requires a supermajority, changing the “interpretation” of those words requires only a simple majority using the so-called nuclear option.

Any party in control of the House, Senate, and the White House could thereby abolish the legislative filibuster and then simply pass a new law increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, and lower court judges to boot, if they wished, and presto, it would be done.

As abolishing the filibuster would undermine the Senate’s role as a careful deliberating body, packing the court would undermine its independence, and together these tactics would change the nature of our constitutional government.

With the court’s independence gone, it would take on an even larger role in deciding fraught political questions than it does now. The temptation for a successive president whose party enjoys majority control in the House and Senate to pack the court further would likely be irresistible.

In a short time, the judiciary could largely supplant Congress as the chief legislative body. Legislative and constitutional questions would be decided, undecided, and re-decided with every swing of the electoral pendulum. . . .

Packing the court will only ever yield short-term political victories at the cost of the long-term health of our republic.

(Excerpt from The Daily Signal. Article by GianCarlo Canaparo. Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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4 Replies to “WHY COURT PACKING WOULD BE DESTRUCTIVE”

  1. This is why we need to pray for wisdom and respect for the rule of law. One of the reasons we are a Representative Republic rather than a Direct Democracy is that the Founding Fathers studied history and recognized that direct democracy leads to ‘mob rule’ with the majority persecuting the minority. Many actions taken over the last one hundred and twenty five years have been destructive, including some of the amendments to the Constitution. In particular, the Sixteenth- Personal ‘Income Tax’: not simply on profit but all you earn, (which Thomas Jefferson said was like taking bread from someone who earned it) the Seventeenth: which removed the right from state legislatures to vote for the Senate (turning it over to popular vote, as the House was intended to be) did significant damage to the idea of a representative republic. Both of these actions centralized government and removed powers granted to the states by the Tenth Amendment, and we are the worse for it.

    https://blog.independent.org/2013/02/12/the-16th-amendment-a-transfer-of-power-from-the-states-to-the-federal-government/
    https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-impact-of-the-17th-amendment

    Sovereign Lord, we admit to not stewarding well the Representative Republic we were entrusted. Forgive us for being blind to the consequences of seeking to be like other nations.

    Amen! 13
  2. Father-God:
    I’m praying for all the Democrats who sits in the Senate and House Representatives who call You as their God. Holy Spirit, please open the blinders on their eyes in their heart. Let them remember why they want to be in their position i.e. to represent the people of each of their states. Father-God, please ignite their heart to unite to Your truth and not to their own truth and dare to take stand of what YOU put in their hearts.
    Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name we pray. Your will be done Father. Amen.

    Amen! 19
  3. Dear Father God, You have revealed Yourself as our Judge, our Lawgiver and our King. Our founders recognized You as our Creator and designed a system of government that reflects these aspects of Your character. The Legislature creating laws, the Executive carrying out those laws and the Judiciary evaluating those laws according to the Constitution, keeping in check the natural tendency of governmental leaders to abuse their power. You gave them wisdom to safeguard rights to freedom of religious expression, speech and assembly, balancing the voice of states with small populations with populous states as they sought Your guidance in prayer. Now we have forgotten You and that balance is threatening to be overthrown into tyranny by mob rule. We confess the apathy of Your church, our arrogance and pride as a people, our unwillingness to take a stand and suffer for Your name’s sake. Show us our part in fighting to preserve what You have entrusted to us. Help us for Jesus’ sake and His glory. Amen.

    Amen! 33

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