Random Thoughts of the Day
Virtually every Democrat has whined about hypocrisy and unfairness in Amy Coney Barrett getting appointed to the Supreme Court in an election year. Never mind almost all of them said the exact opposite when Obama nominated Merrick Garland. Clearly, there is hypocrisy on both sides, but the system is really working as it’s designed — checks and balances. Barack Obama was able to get two far-left justices confirmed prior to 2016 (Sotomayor and Kagan). Those appointees, Obamacare, and other actions in his presidency led to a Republican red wave election in 2010 and the eventual takeover of the U.S. Senate. In other words, the American people were voting to STOP further Obama damage; it was a check to balance out Obama’s freedom-crushing power. Liberals are worried the new Supreme Court makeup will overturn Obamacare, but they wouldn’t be worried if it wasn’t so obviously unconstitutional. And it’s not as popular as the media likes to tout in occasional polls (which are about as reliable as election polls). Flashback to January 2010: Obamacare passed in the Senate in unfinished form with the understanding the House would fix its obvious flaws and send back. Democrats held a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but this became 59 seats when Ted Kennedy died, so a special election was needed to fill his Massachusetts seat. In one of the most liberal states in the country, Republican Scott Brown won a stunning victory almost entirely on his promise to vote against Obamacare. Without that 60th vote, Obamacare had to go through in the flawed, half-baked state even most Democrats thought needed to be fixed.
Donald Trump’s election, along with the 2018 increase in Republican Senate seats, were both building on the desire of the American people to put a check on DC’s erosion of freedom, along with Supreme Court justices making laws rather than interpreting laws. Threats to “pack” the Supreme Court by adding justices completely undermines its legitimacy as both parties can do it when they’re in power. I’m thinking Trump should float the idea of adding 3 more justices now to increase the conservative majority even more. Maybe then the media/Democratic party will actually think through how ludicrous the court-packing idea is.