Friday, April 16, 2021

Packing The Court--Jerry's Revenge

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Yesterday a group of far-left Democrats standing in front of the US Supreme Court building, launched a legislative effort to pack the Supreme Court by adding four new justices---a move that far-left radicals are celebrating.

The effort, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), says he will never forget how the Republicans rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Sen Ed Markey (D-NY) says, "We're here today because the United States Supreme Court is broken. It is out of balance. It needs to be fixed."

Does he mean "fixed" as in repair, or "fixed" as in predetermining a judicial outcome?

Could they actually pull this off?

Be informed, not misled.

Sen. Markey continued, "Expanding the Supreme Court rights the wrongs the Republicans have done to this great court. Expanding the Supreme Court is equal justice and will ensure equal justice is dispensed to all Americans."

Their goal is not really "equal justice" and anyone who is even partially informed knows that. The goal is to load or "pack" the Court with like-minded so-called progressives so the rulings from the Court advance the far-left agenda every time.

They are calling that, "fixing the Court." And they're right. The outcome will be fixed every time.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has never really gotten over his anger from the Kavanaugh hearing which was more of a trial than a hearing---and he is particularly angry about Amy Comey Barrett being seated on the Court.

Nadler says it was the Republicans who "packed the court with maneuvers such as blocking the confirmation of Merrick Garland---former President Obama's Supreme Court pick---"and ramming through Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation just before the presidential election."

He says, "We're not packing the Court. We're unpacking the Court."

Nobody believes that either.

Could they actually succeed with this?

Progressives claim that with the Democrats in control of the House, the Senate, and the Oval Office, now is the time to go for it.

Most clear-thinking people really don't believe they can pull this off. Most think it's a long shot.

Most of us clear-thinking people were also pretty sure that Biden could not sit in his basement for months on end, publicly stumble over nearly every sentence, and be elected President of the United States.

The left was making a big deal yesterday out of the number 13---the number of justices they want on the Supreme Court as opposed to the current nine.

They are noting the number of Supreme Court Justices was changed six times before settling on "nine" in 1869.

They also say the number 13 is timely because it reflects how the number of appellate courts in America has grown from 9 to 13 with time.

Rep. Mondaire Jones, a black freshman lawmaker from NY, says the "Supreme Court has been an accomplice to voter suppression and creating a path for the far right to remain in power."

"And," he says, "today begins a new era in terms of the Supreme Court."

In order to succeed with this effort, they have presented what they call the Judiciary Act of 2021." 

To move this bill through they would have to get a 60 vote majority to pass in the Senate...Unless the Democrats abolish the filibuster, which some of them are threatening to do. If they do that, a simple majority would be needed. With the tie-breaking vote of the vice president and if every Democrat supports them, this could be done.

But today, every Democrat is not on board.

Sen Dick Durbin, normally a dependable progressive, is saying he's not ready to endorse the bill. He says he thinks Biden's approach of a study by a Commission is the better path.

It's interesting that just this week President Biden announced that he has created a Commission to "study" reforms to the Supreme Court and had asked for a report back to him in 180 days.

Within 48 hours this group of lawmakers presented their bill. 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried this and was opposed by his own Democrat Party. His effort to pack the court miserably failed, but historians now say that his effort ultimately convinced the Court to stop striking down his far-left New Deal legislation and to allow government powers to grow. 

We'll soon see how this plays out. Should these progressives succeed, it would fundamentally change our justice system---which is exactly what they are up to. 


President Thomas Jefferson once said in response to matters of justice: "But the Chief Justice says 'There must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere.' True, there must; but does that prove it is either party? The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union..."

As America was entering into what we call the Civil War, a concerned citizen asked President Lincoln if he was sure that God was on "our side."

Lincoln replied, "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Jefferson, again pondering "justice," said this: 

"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."

The culture was fractured---broken in the time of the Prophet Isaiah, which caused him to say (Is. 59:14), "And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off. For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter."

The closer our nation moves toward God and His Word, the more just and equitable our nation becomes.

The more we remove ourselves from God and His Word, the more unjust our nation becomes. Isaiah describes it like this: "None calleth for justice, nor pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity" (v 3).

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.