Supreme Court Packing, 2023 Edition: The American Left has identified which institution in the United States it’d like to next dismantle for their own ideological convenience. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
But since the Right enjoyed a series of unlikely victories with critical Supreme Court nominations (as well as multiple other nominations to lower federal courts), the Left can’t leave well-enough-alone.
Instead, they must agitate publicly about some form of injustice (when, in fact, they simply lost an election which granted the winner of that election, Donald Trump, the ability to place his picks on the bench).
As they agitate, the Left must concoct increasingly absurd schemes to undermine our very democracy. Hence, fears not experienced since Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was at the height of his power are again becoming real. Just as then, the Democrats are irate that one of the three coequal branches of the federal government that the Founding Fathers created would dare to buck Leftist orthodoxy.
Now, the Left must bring this storied institution to heel by changing the very makeup of the SCOTUS.
Conquering the Supreme Court
The Democrats want to add four new justices to the SCOTUS bench in a blatant attempt to pack the court with Leftist jurists who would serve as little more than a rubber stamp for any Democratic Party president.
You might not realize it but in 2021, the Biden Administration empaneled a team of radical Left-leaning law professors to study the feasibility of the plan to add four new justices to the Supreme Court (as well as to introduce a retinue of other changes that would permanently tilt the SCOTUS in the Democratic Party’s favor).
This is yet another example of how undemocratic the Democratic Party behaves.
This obsession with permanently changing the constitutional dynamics of the Judicial Branch explains the spate of recent guileful attacks on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) overall vociferous attacks on recent Supreme Court rulings—going so far as to urge Democrats to ignore inconvenient court rulings.
Such is the road to uniparty tyranny.
It isn’t enough for the Left to have dominance over our media, academia, and the bureaucracy. No, they must have complete control and crush all those who’d dare to even so much as question the wisdom of Liberal policies and laws.
The Framers of the US Constitution wanted an independent judiciary to serve as a vital check against the excesses of the Executive Branch, which could become home to a dictator, as well as to the Legislative Branch, which could become the basis of the “mob rule” that the Framers so greatly feared in their time.
It is only the independence of the judiciary that keeps the other two branches in check. In the ineffable words of Hillsdale University professor, Gordon Wood, judges are the “agents of the sovereign people somehow equal to in authority with the legislators and executives.”
This fact has made America’s legal system the envy of the world.
Whatever problems exist within that system–and there are many–the fact remains that our independent judiciary is a vital source of strength that the Framers intended to maintain critical balance in our constitutional order. That balance is now being purposely threatened by a band of radical ideologues who have been installed at the highest levels of government, with little thought or care to the ramifications of their actions for our constitutional order.
Just Like Venezuela
Most other countries do not have an independent judiciary. Nations like Venezuela in 2004, for example, did to their once independent judiciary that which the Democrats seek to do to ours. Because of that, the Chavismo government in Caracas rules with an absolute majority, brooks no compromise with its political rivals, and effectively rigs the system against anyone who would dare challenge the regime—and the captured supreme court plays a role in enforcing that executive dictatorship.
With leading members of the Democratic Party openly urging the Biden Administration to ignore Supreme Court rulings that it finds ideologically inconvenient, as the Biden Administration lays the groundwork to bring about a historic—unprecedented—change to the makeup and structure of the Judicial Branch to enhance its ideological agenda, the very fate of the republic hangs in the balance.
Should Biden and the Democrats get their way and pack the Supreme Court it won’t matter whether Republicans win another election. So long as the Supreme Court can check laws crafted by Republican congresses and presidents, and if that court is stacked overwhelmingly with Leftists (imagine four more Ketanji Brown-Jacksons), the Right will never enjoy success again.
This is the point of the move and why more Republicans in Congress should be fretting about the mere existence of this 36-member panel of Left-wing law professors that Biden quietly assembled in 2021 should scare the bejesus out of all Americans.
One thing should be clear: for all their manic rhetoric about preserving “our democracy” in the wake of the purportedly “fascist” Trump Administration, Democrats certainly don’t seem to care an iota about preserving the institutions that make our representative democracy possible. In fact, Democrats are at war with the very notion of representative democracy. Their recent attacks on the structure and makeup of SCOTUS prove that. We’re at the start of our next major constitutional crisis and hardly anyone is paying attention.
The Democrats are telegraphing their intention with their scurrilous attacks on the Court. They mean to destroy the judiciary to “save our democracy”.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.