A number of prominent Republicans continue to call out their Democratic counterparts for pushing a scheme to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) added his argument to the mix during a recent Fox News Channel appearance, insisting that adding additional justices to the nation’s highest court would threaten its permanence and independence.
According to Breitbart, the Kansas Republican went on to argue that America “ought to be celebrating an independent court that makes decisions based upon the words of the Constitution and based upon the statutes that Congress passes.”
“A country with the rule of law”
Instead, Moran accused progressive court-packing opponents of reacting to disappointing court decisions with partisanship.
“When we don’t get the result we want from a court, the response shouldn’t be, ‘Well, let’s put a bunch more justices on the court,'” he declared, according to Breitbart. “The response should be we honor the fact we live in a country with the rule of law.”
The senator’s comments came as many on the left complain that the Supreme Court’s final decisions of the term show that it has been manipulated by conservatives.
One ruling that particularly upset progressive pundits and politicians upheld Arizona’s right to implement statewide restrictions on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting. President Joe Biden issued his own response to the 6–3 decision, echoing the dissent authored by Justice Elena Kagan that the court was guilty of gutting the Voting Rights Act.
Another recent decision defended the right of nonprofit organizations in California to avoid disclosing their donors directly to the state’s attorney general. Critics expressed concern that the decision would promulgate more “dark money” in politics.
Although many leftists are upset over former President Donald Trump’s ability to name three justices to the high court, some conservatives are displeased by the moderate decisions coming from the ostensibly conservative majority.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, for example, recently refused to take up the case of a florist who was forced to participate in a same-sex wedding.
Earlier this year, Biden formed a commission to study the issue of court reform, including the expansion of the Supreme Court. Congressional Democrats also introduced a bill that would add four justices to the bench.
Although some on the left might believe the Supreme Court exists to rubber-stamp their liberal policies, the general public appears overwhelmingly opposed to such a radical plan. Those on the right who oppose any such court-packing scheme are hoping it stays that way.