Earlier this year, I started pulling dozens of quotes each week from both well-known and lesser known progressive, democratic socialist, and other far left politicians and activists.
We all knew these people were “far left”…
But this collection, now numbering in the hundreds of quotes, really spells out exactly what goals they want to accomplish in the next few election cycles. And this is all coming from their mouths, blogs, and social media accounts.
In this morning’s Early Warning report (subscribe), I added numerous quotes from Democratic presidential candidates about packing the Supreme Court. I’ve been writing for months about how progressives were pushing this narrative.
“Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College.” – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court. We have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.” – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), speaking about court packing
“It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court. It’s a conversation that’s worth having.” – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaking about court packing
“The debate is quickly moving past the question of whether Democrats should seek to reform our courts to the question of exactly what type of reform to pursue. Adding seats to the Supreme Court is a necessary step. It is reassuring to see so many candidates beginning to recognize the urgency of this.” – Brain Fallon, Demand Justice
They’ve been talking about it, but no major media outlet has picked up on it until recently.
And court packing is in vogue on the Left… but they refer to it as “court re-balancing.”
The issue, as progressives outline, is that no matter how well Democrats do in House, Senate, and presidential elections, a conservative Supreme Court will stand to strike down progressive measures it sees as unconstitutional.
Democrats point to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2016 decision not to hold confirmation hearings for Obama-pick Merrick Garland as the beginning of the Supreme Court fight. Since then, President Trump has added two conservative justices, and Democrats are now scheming ways to nuke the Court’s conservative majority.
By constitutional law, there is no set number of Supreme Court justices. The Congress ultimately gets to decide how many justices are seated, which is why Democrats are salivating over the opportunity to remake the Supreme Court. First, though, they have to retake the Senate and the presidency.
For as much as the Left accuses President Trump of “bending the guardrails of Democracy,” packing the Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College are two measures that actually remove guardrails, not merely bend them. And both of these decisions would heavily favor Democrats for future elections.
These changes are not imminent. It may take several more election cycles for Democrats to gain the absolute power required to make these changes. But it’s clear that far left Democrats want them.
For me, this begs the question of whether America is ready to have these kinds of political fights.
I also wonder how changes like these would fuel domestic unrest and political violence.
Maybe these two schemes — court packing and abolishing the Electoral College — wouldn’t push the country into outright “civil war” or some sort of domestic conflict, but they’d certainly add to the casus belli among American traditionalists.
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the dichotomy of “Old America” and “New America,” and how the country’s rapidly shifting demographic and cultural landscape is re-making American politics.
I do think the two sides are headed for a collision. History routinely shows that these kinds of social and political dynamics result in conflict. But it’s alarming when even those on the Left agree (see last week’s National Intelligence Bulletin).
Does the Left know what they’re doing?
Always Out Front,
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