Democrats paranoid about rulings they may not like are threatening Supreme Court Justices, telling them to either rule in favor or be faced with court packing.
The Biden Administration has already appointed a commission to review the possibility of adding seats and/or setting term limits. The move could be viewed as either a way to appease far-left progressives who want drastic action, or a precursor to making drastic changes to the Court if it gets in the way of liberal priorities.
Democrats have reason to be concerned about the outcome of several cases before the court, as the impact could bring about changes that would impede their agenda.
In Fulton vs. Philadelphia, the court is hearing a challenge to the city’s decision to stop working with a Catholic foster care agency that refuses to place children in gay homes. A decision in favor of the Catholic foster care agency would make it clear that cities and states cannot discriminate against religious organizations. On the other hand, a decision in favor of the city of Philadelphia would discourage religious organizations from providing needed services.
Another case involves the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, with Texas and other red states arguing the entire law should be considered null and void since Congress ditched the individual mandate in 2017.
However, it’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that has liberals truly scared. The case could open the door to a ban or at least a partial ban on abortion in conservative states if the Supreme Court decides that Mississippi can ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The notion that a political party can tamper with the highest court in the land simply because the court doesn’t follow its dictates is a dangerous one. As experts have pointed out in the last few years, expanding the Supreme Court could lead to a loss of respect for its rulings, as state governors would rightly view the partisan body as illegitimate. A future president from the opposing party could, in turn, opt to expand the court further to successfully push through his or her own agenda.
For the most part, regular individuals on both sides of the aisle want nothing to do with court-packing. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a liberal icon, decried the idea. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer has likewise spoken up against it. Sadly, progressives appear willing to do whatever it takes to push their agenda, and a packed court could become a reality if the current Justices dare to rule against them.