Lawmakers Against Democracy

When you try to prevent the will of the people and the rules of the electoral system because it does not match your will, then you simply don’t believe in a government that is representative of the people. Have we elected people who are against democracy?

A group of the most liberal members of Congress introduced a piece of radical legislation this week.  Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation to add four justices to the Supreme Court. Why? Because they do not like the way the Court has ruled in a number of cases.  So, if you do not like the outcome, change the rules. That’s what we taught as kids, right?

President Biden has set up a commission that will also look at expanding the Court, a move that he called a “bonehead idea” earlier in his career when he was a Senator on the Judiciary Committee.

Our laws and Constitution set up the rules that outline how our representative democracy works. The people vote to elect those that will represent them. Our representatives are elected to vote on potential laws and to carry out their Constitutional duties. One of those duties for senators is to vote on nominations to the Supreme Court.

However, lawmakers wanting to change the Court are also upset that the Senate voted on, and the majority Republicans confirmed, a justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the last year of President Trump’s term (even though each of them had favored that when President Obama submitted a nomination in the last year of his term). They not only do not like the way the Court has voted recently, they are also angry about the most recent member to assume the job as justice of the Supreme Court. Though that process in the Senate turned out to be completely partisan in the vote on whether to confirm the nomination, the process was constitutional and legal and carried out by Senators elected by the people of their states. It was carried out according to the laws that have been in place since the country’s founding.

But the extremist liberals who want to pack the Court want to change that. Again, the mindset is that if you do not like the outcome of the election and if the people’s representatives do not vote the way you think they should vote, then change the rules so they are rigged in your favor. In this case by trying to add four (not one or two) new justices to the Supreme Court so you can make sure you get the outcome you want.

And that is exactly what this legislation is about: getting the outcome that these liberal members want, even if that means you have to change the rules to do it. It is of no concern to them that way in which justices become members of the Court have been in place since our nation’s founding. It is of no concern to them that the process was carried out by Senators representing the people that elected them. They only want to get their way, and whatever it takes to do that is what they will do.

Let’s be clear, this strikes at the core of our system of government and, indeed, at our representative democracy itself. These lawmakers do not care about government representing the people, they care only about getting their way.

So have we actually elected some of our representatives who are working against our voting rights?  In these four people, we have.

Yet these four radicals are only examples of the bigger problem.. Before Republicans start screaming too loudly about these four Democratic extremists, we best remember events of Jan. 6 when rioters attacked the very seat of our government and a number of Republican lawmakers downplayed that violent assault on democracy. The evil and heinous desire to do anything to keep or get power is not limited by party affiliation and for any thinking and rationale US citizen, that is troubling.

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