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A Convention of States Could Block Court Packing Schemes

A Convention of States Could Block Court Packing Schemes
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: (L-R) Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) hold a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to announce legislation to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court on April 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Monday, 19 April 2021 10:02 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The mainstream media tried desperately to paint President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court commission as a failure for Democrats or, even more implausibly, a victory for Republicans.

We were told the commission was nothing more than a ploy to placate Biden’s radical base while kicking the can down the road.

That façade didn’t even last a week, it seems. The Democrats announced to the world last Thursday their clear intentions to pack the Supreme Court by four justices, introducing a bill in both the House and Senate to increase the bench from nine justices to 13.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-MA, in a statement complained that President Trump’s constitution prerogative to nominate 3 Supreme Court justices somehow damaged the legitimacy of the Court in the eyes of Americans. "Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree," Sen. Markey said, before concluding that allowing President Biden to nominate 4 justices would return legitimacy to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Markey and his co-sponsors are trying to couch their naked partisanship in terms like “court reform” and "restore balance," but the American people already know the truth. Packing the Supreme Court is a hostile takeover of the third branch of the federal government designed to give Democrats trifecta control of Washington, D.C.

We wouldn’t be having a "conversation about reform" if the Democrats hadn’t been defeated in the Senate, first with Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment and then with Justice Amy Coney-Barrett’s confirmation. The progressives are livid about the court’s (supposed) 6-3 conservative majority, and they’ll stop at nothing—including blowing up the third branch of the federal government—to eliminate the right’s advantage.

To be clear: "tearing down" isn’t hyperbole. Packing the Supreme Court would destroy the court’s legitimacy and erode what little faith remains in the judiciary among the American people.

The founding fathers designed the 3rd branch of government for this reason. In order to protect our constitutional republic, and not devolve into mob rule, the court was to be the independent arbiter. It was the fail-safe that protected the constitutional rights of citizens if policy makers got carried away with their agenda.

Because of this the Supreme Court has historically operated under the patina of non-partisanship. But if Biden gets his way, even that patina will be scuffed out. The Court would become nothing more than a kind of second legislature, handing down dictates from on high according to whichever party controlled the majority. The checks and balances essential to our constitutional republic would be destroyed, and the only thing left would be raw political power.

This, of course, is exactly what the Democrats want. They believe that once illegal immigrants can vote, and D.C. and Puerto Rico become states, they can secure a permanent electoral majority. At that point all that is needed is to subjugate the Supreme Court under their thumb and their power trifecta will be complete.

The most terrifying part of this is that they could actually pull it off. The electoral map doesn’t look great for Republicans moving forward, and young people aren’t becoming more conservative as they age thanks to The Left's control of academia and the media. In addition, the Democratic base is becoming ever more radical with the “woke'' mob strong-arming even Washington D.C. dinosaurs like Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer to support radical leftist policies.

That’s why we can’t rely on winning elections to secure our freedoms and protect our right to self-governance, and the founding fathers never intended we should. They understood the dangers and tyranny of absolute power and gave us a permanent firewall against radical power grab schemes like court packing: an Article V Convention of States.

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government, including Congress’s ability to add justices to the Supreme Court.

A Convention of States could propose an amendment limiting Congress's power to change the number of justices. An amendment reading, "Congress shall make no law altering the composition of the Supreme Court" would effectively end the threat of court-packing once and for all and keep the number of justices set at nine. Or the amendment could establish that any adjustment to the structure of the court would require approval from 3/5 of the state legislatures.

According to Article V it requires 34 states to officially call for a constitutional convention, 15 states have already passed such resolutions, and resolutions have been introduced in dozens of other state legislatures this year. Plus, millions of Americans have voiced their support for the Article V option, with more joining every day.

The Left is going all in, attempting to fundamentally reshape our country. The founders of our nation foresaw the potential for radical attempts to seize power, and they gave the states, and the American people, the tools to fight back.

We must use every one of these means the founding fathers afforded us to protect our nation and its laws, or we run the risk of losing our nation forever.

Mark Meckler is president of Convention of States. Read Mark Meckler's Reports - More Here.

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The Left is going all in, attempting to fundamentally reshape our country. The founders of our nation foresaw the potential for radical attempts to seize power, and they gave the states, and the American people, the tools to fight back.
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