“Pack” the Supreme Court? Absolutely 100% yes — it’s the only way to save democracy
Simply ignore the court’s decisions — as some Republicans argued in the 1850s, in reaction to the Dred Scott determination. More to the level, that is an excessive state of affairs that calls for excessive responses. As Boston College legislation professor Kent Greenfield tweeted on Sept. 21:
Some #SCOTUS details:
- 15 of the ultimate 19 appointments have been made by way of GOP Presidents. (16/20 if #Trump will get every other.)
- The ultimate yr a majority of the justices have been Dem appointees: 1969. Meanwhile, the GOP received the fashionable vote in the presidential election as soon as in 30 years (2004).
It’s additionally been greater than two decades since Republicans represented a majority of electorate in the Senate, making the situation of minority rule much more excessive. It’s additionally self-reinforcing: As Greg Sargent notes, a 6-3 conservative majority may just strike down a brand new model of HR 1, the pro-democracy reforms that House Democrats passed in 2019, together with wildly fashionable nonpartisan redistricting commissions.