Barack Obama said, with his usual arrogance and cruel delight, “elections have consequences.” This is, of course true, but Mr. Obama did not, and contemporary Democrat/socialists do not, for a moment, believe that applies to them. Evidence of Socialist’s utter contempt and disregard for American constitutionalism is everywhere, but perhaps the most obvious recent example is socialist threats to pack the Supreme Court, as Fox News reports:
It’s become the hot new topic on the 2020 presidential campaign trail: several Democratic contenders are talking up plans to overhaul the Supreme Court, with some offering proposals to add up to 10 more members.
Candidates including Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have all signaled an openness to overhauling the court if they become president. And progressive groups are putting their money behind the message, an effort to tap into lingering liberal anger over President Trump’s two nominees confirmed to the high court.
This latest cog in the socialist wheel, gentle readers, is merely a part of a long view plan. The Constitution is silent on the number of Supreme Court Justices; that, and much else regarding the federal courts, is up to the Congress, or to the people in the case of a constitutional amendment. There has been some variance in the number of justices, but never more than ten. The current number of nine was set in 1869. Here, in essence, is the current “messaging” of socialists on the issue:
Democratic anger over Trump’s success filling the range of federal courts with conservative jurists has been fueling much of the recent court expansion talk. A private advocacy group called ‘Pack the Court’ says it’s raised a half-million dollars to gin up support among the 2020 contenders. The group is partnering with other like-minded organizations.
‘We strongly believe that reforming the court — especially by expanding it — is the cornerstone for re-building American democracy,’ said Brian Fallon, head of Demand Justice and former Hillary Clinton press secretary. ‘The Kavanaugh court is a partisan operation, and democracy simply cannot function when stolen courts operate as political shills.
The Hill provides an aligned argument:
Supporters argue that President Trump and congressional Republicans have been able to pack the courts with conservative judges, including two Supreme Court justices and dozens of appeals court nominees. Republicans also nixed the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court justices in 2017 in order to confirm Trump’s first pick for the high court, Neil Gorsuch.
As I mentioned earlier, this is only part of the Socialist long view for the establishment of their utopia. Occasionally, they go beyond their careful messaging, as Barack Obama did:
Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, ‘No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.
I’m sure it would be easier, and doubtless, other socialists long for that kind of power. In China, they shoot political enemies in the back of the head and bill their survivors for the expended cartridge. Consider too, this insight from Bookworm:
As I pointed out above, though, America does not have two parties battling for totaling government dominance. Thus, while it has a Left Wing, just as other nations do, America does not have a Right Wing: The political party and people opposing Leftists are not arguing for a Bigger Government, albeit a different Bigger Government than that which the Leftists (aka Progressives or Democrats) demand. Instead, unique in the world, those opposing America’s Leftists demand Smaller Government.
The normal American’s view of the Supreme Court–actually, of any court–is justice’s sole role is to make decisions based on the Constitution and any applicable laws. Accordingly, they don’t want “conservative” justices, they want justices that will fulfill their constitutional role, that recognize the Constitution limits their power, that will not legislate from the bench. As Bookworm said, such justices are not conservative or right wing, they are the judges the Founders envisioned.
Socialists, however, want left-wing judges. They have always seen the courts, and particularly the Supreme Court, as a super legislature that will give them the policies they cannot get from the legislative process. In so doing, they demand the power to disregard the will of the American people, and demand the power to overrule it at will. They do indeed want to appoint left wing judges, who will, whenever it matters, ignore the law and the Constitution.
One of the many Socialist candidates for President, the faux-Hispanic Beto O’Rourke (how does “Jose McDaniel” sound?) makes the socialist plan a bit clearer:
We’re a country of 320 million people. There’s got to be the talent and the wisdom and the perspective and that court should be able to reflect the diversity that we are composed of.
He has also recently said the Supreme Court should represent the desires of his fellow socialists. Insane. The Supreme Court, every court, must “represent” the Constitution and the rule of law. We have legislatures to represent the will of the people. If Socialists thought it would benefit them, they’d seat a Justice or three for every state, turning the Supreme Court, in fact, into a legislature. The more, in this case, is not merrier. Committees are where ability, intellect and accomplishment go to die. The larger, the quicker and more damaging the demise. The separation of powers is the best diversity.
The path to socialist utopia requires maintaining the trappings of democracy–that’s why they call it “democratic socialism,” while making it impossible for socialists to be voted out of office. Packing the court is only part of the process. Some other parts, all being trumpeted by 2020 socialist candidates, are:
The 16 year-old vote. Even my 16 and 17 year-old students think this a particularly bad idea. Without prompting, they tell me they don’t know enough about the issues, and don’t want to have to deal with politics. They know they’re too easily influenced by peers and others, and would tend to vote emotionally. I tell them to look at the kid next to them and ask if they’d want them voting. Their answer is a horrified “NO!” and they laugh uproariously. That’s why Elizabeth Warren–a former Indian–wants them to vote, not because they don’t want to, but because she thinks they’d be easily manipulated to vote emotionally.
Open Borders. Socialists can’t get enough normal Americans to vote for them, so they want to replace the damned deplorables with people who will, and who can be made eternally dependent on big government largess.
Vote Fraud: How can a socialist paradise be established if the people’s votes are suppressed by having to be alive to vote, by having to be a citizen, by having to produce photo ID, and by being unfairly prevented from voting more than once? If socialists can’t do away with these unfair provisions, what’s the point of open borders? You don’t think they really believe all that diversity and nobility of immigration nonsense, do you?
Abolish the Electoral Coilege: Good explanations of the Electoral College, and why it’s necessary to a stable republic, may be found here and here. Another good explanation of why it’s not a good idea to abolish the EC, and why that’s not easy–it’s not supposed to be–is here. As one might imagine, socialist’s concern is not for the survival of the Constitution or our republic. They want a socialist utopia. The invaluable Victor Davis Hanson notes they once loved the EC, and not long ago:
In 2009, the blue wall was praised as the good ole Electoral College bulwark of Obama and his new Democrats against the forces of Republican illiberalism. We were lectured that Republicans had ‘lost’ the Electoral College for good, when there was certainty that big electoral-vote states like California, Illinois, and New York were already forfeited before Election Day.
In 2009, the Senate’s Democratic supermajority was also a fine and noble thing, and came about because correct-thinking senators from tiny states, like Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reid of Rhode Island, were given the power to more than offset odious right-wing big-state Texas senators.
The abolishment of the Electoral College would ensure future presidents would be selected by the populous coasts, by Los Angeles and New York City. There would no longer be any need for candidates to pay attention to flyover country. Those missing toothed, pickup driving, WalMart stinking deplorables just wouldn’t matter anymore, which is precisely why socialists want to be rid of it–and them.
When socialists can’t win within the Constitution and the law, they seek to ignore or change both. Should they again take the presidency, they’ll do a great deal of damage. Should they take the presidency and the Congress, they’ll do everything they can to ensure they can never again be voted out of office. The Green New Deal would be only the beginning of the road to Venezuela
Unlike in the past, our “democratic socialists” are boldly proclaiming their intentions. They are indeed stupid enough to think normal Americans would be tricked by the thinly veiled appearance of a representative republic–they get to vote, they just never get to win–as to allow them to render the Constitution nothing more than fading ink on yellowing paper. They really do think the deep state is powerful enough to overcome all resistance and to seize all power. They’re counting on federal thugs to repress and kill normal Americans, and they have reason to believe enough of them will.
They’re wrong, and I’ve written about it here and here. But they’re determined to win by any means necessary. When they do, they’ll find the normals of flyover country will not be tricked, will not be ignored, nor will they be subjects. Socialists will be afforded no mercy, and the Constitution will prevail for another two centuries–perhaps more.
Let us hope, let us pray, it never comes to that.