Packing the Supreme Court is a Terrible Idea

Legislation was introduced to pack the Supreme Court, and President Biden signed an executive order to look into reform. These are damaging moves for the country.

Zachary Ludwick, Staff Writer

Life is unfair, isn’t it?

The “progressive” coalition of the Democratic Party doesn’t like this idea too much. They thought Mitch McConnell was unfair in his treatment of Merrick Garland’s nomination process compared to that of Amy Coney Barrett’s. Fair enough, there are some clear discrepancies from McConnell between the two. 

What is their solution? Pack the Supreme Court! A total disregard of due process they complained so much about with Trump and his shenanigans. 

NBC ran a story and a Democratic strategist actually said this

“This bill marks a new era where Democrats finally stop conceding the Supreme Court to Republicans. Our task now is to build a grassroots movement that puts pressure on every Democrat in Congress to support this legislation because it is the only way to restore balance to the court and protect our democracy.”

Protect our democracy? You mean destroy it.

Say this actually goes through. 13 Justices on the court with a 7-6 liberal edge. Fast forward to the next time Republicans have power, boom! Four new justices, 10-7 conservative majority. And repeat. 

The country has been at nine justices since 1869. I’d bet a lot of money you have no idea who was president at the time. I didn’t either.  Per my research, Ulysses S. Grant was the president in 1869.

Although I have my gripes with Mitch and his handling of the issue, his reaction was spot on.

“President Biden campaigned on a promise of lowering the temperature and uniting a divided nation. If he really meant it, he would stop giving oxygen to a dangerous, antiquated idea and stand up to the partisans hawking it.”

Now, Pelosi said that this would not reach debate on the House floor, leading to many believing that this is a non-issue. However, we said the same things about Bernie Sanders and his policies, and now his ideas are mainstream and supported by half of the country. 

Biden’s executive order complicates his recent remarks about his disdain for court-packing. He is a president who will always be on pins and needles with his voting core. Biden has to cater not only to the moderate base he always had support from but also to the progressives that came out in large numbers to support him after his shift on certain policies. 

This debacle has hardly been covered with all of the other news in the political world. Chauvin’s trial, vaccine updates, and Biden falling up steps have dominated the legacy news airwaves– which all have a decreased viewer base since Biden’s inauguration.

In all of this mess, please note just how hypocritical both sides of the political aisle are. Progressives took to Twitter for months complaining about Trump’s abuse of power and now cheer packing the court. The right took the exact opposite approach– what a surprise. Left versus right politics never fails to reach new heights of stupidity.

The judicial branch was always meant to be something that could be above partisan politics. Supreme Court Justices have life-long terms to prevent them from being tempted by political jockeying. Packing the Supreme Court would be the beginning of an ugly political game that would destroy the government. 

Biden and the Democrats have a majority favoring them right now. He is taking credit for swift vaccine production, a strengthening economy, and other issues. Although there have been some (literal) bumps and bruises along the way, Americans seem happy. Doing something as radical and brash as packing the court would damage his reputation and American’s trust in their government. 

It simply makes no sense. Life isn’t always fair, and it’s time that those who are pushing this agenda realize that.