To be sure, the political pendulum is always swinging. Sometimes it swings left, sometimes it swings right.
Right now, Democrats are so convinced that it’s swinging left that they’re threatening the Court.
You see, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from New York City about a regulation that barred individuals from taking guns out of the city for lawful purposes. The city changed the rule, but the Court is still considering hearing the case because of the constitutional questions involved.
However, Democrats are threatening the Court by saying if they hear the case, they’ll start packing the Court with liberal justices until it’ll side with them on anything they want.
“That’s a nice Court you have there. It would be a shame if something happened to it.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a man who can be pretty squishy on conservative issues, has a problem with the threat.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned Senate Democrats on Sunday after five senate Democrats filed a lawsuit last week against gun-rights groups and warned the Supreme Court not to take up the case because it would damage their legitimacy. Those Senators also threatened to attempt to increase the number of judges on the Supreme Court if the court continues to interpret the second amendment in favor of gun rights groups.
Senator Graham told host Maria Bartiromo of Fox News that expanding the court has been a proposal that Democrats have declared many times before when they were not in the majority.
“Well this has been a dream of the left for decades, is to increase the number of the judges on the court, pack them with liberal judges so the court can do through the legal system what they can’t do through the ballot box,” Graham said.
“When you hear ‘expanding the court,’ that’s code for liberals packing the court.”
The issue, the Court is supposedly “too political.”
The amicus also accused the court’s conservative majority of being influenced by the National Rifle Association and the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief concludes. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’”
The brief notes a Quinnipiac University poll that found 55 percent of Americans surveyed believe the Supreme Court is “motivated mainly by politics.”
Let’s be fair, though. The Court appears to be motivated by politics because judges have been chosen based on politics. Their opinions on the Constitution and their politics tend to be linked. They inform one another.
So, their decisions look politically motivated because judges appointed by conservatives tend to side with the conservative argument and liberal judges do the same.
However, the amicus is also complete and total crap. It seems to be predicated on the tired progressive talking point that all opposition to gun control stems from meddling by the National Rifle Association and other such organizations. It doesn’t grasp that it’s entirely possible to believe in the plain meaning of the Second Amendment without help from the NRA.
The problem with this argument is that, unlike lawmakers who do need to consider groups like the NRA, Supreme Court judges are appointed for life. That’s to prevent them from being swayed by special interest groups or the whim of public opinion. Just how could the NRA and the Federalist Society sway them?
Well, they don’t. But people like these Democrats can’t grasp the idea that people may actually disagree with them based on the merits of the argument so there has to be meddling somewhere in the process. Why else do you think they’ve been so fixated on “collusion” even after the investigation found nothing?
As Sen. Graham said, this threat to pack the Court isn’t new. It’ll be trotted out again some other day. However, we shouldn’t assume they don’t mean it.
What they have forgotten, though, is that if they try to pack the Court, what’s to stop the next Republican majority from doing the same?