News watchers/listeners will no doubt have heard the expression "Packing the Court".  It refers to the idea of adding more members of a certain ideology to the current 9 member make up in order to allegedly "balance out" the political bias that isn't supposed to exist in the first place.

Specifically today it means that 6 of the 9 members of the court "tend" to rule based on a conservative view of the world while the remaining three are liberal in their interpretations and opinions.

The Conservatives would be:

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States,
Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice
Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice,
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice,
Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice,
Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice
While the Liberals are:
Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice,
Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice,
Elena Kagan, Associate Justice,
Now that Democrats are in control in the House, Senate and White House, they hope to use their majority based political power to add 4 more Liberal justices.
KIT's businessman, blogger, consultant, author and political observe friend, Tim Bryce offers his take on this effort in his latest column.
"This is certainly not the first time politicians have tried to change the makeup of the Supreme Court. Let’s begin with this fact; the Court’s size had been set at nine since the passage of the Judiciary Act of 1869, over 150 years ago.

As a point of history, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) also tried to change the makeup of the court during his administration. Prior to this, his government work programs during the Great Depression were regularly rejected by the Court, thereby infuriating the President."

The final line says it all.  When the court doesn't rule they way you want, you get mad and try to change the court.  In fact most of the politicians who favor the move were very vocal and pointed in the past about NOT changing the court. Reasonable questions are why the hypocrisy, why now and why stop at 4?

Bryce writes, "the 2021 Bill is based on political bias and is rightfully considered a court packing scheme by the Democrats. ...My question is simple; if the Democrats insist on doing this, why stop at a thirteen seat Court? Why not 99? Suppose the legislation is passed and thirteen becomes the magic number. What would the Democrats do if the Court is taken over by conservative justices?"

For the rest of Tim’s column and column's of the past,  see:



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