• Twisting History and Words: Dems vs. Amy Coney Barrett

    Surge Summary: The Democrat’s gripes against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barret are mostly a-historical and/or politically motivated … nothing more. They are trying to change the long-understood meaning of the term “court packing” in order to falsely charge Republicans with underhanded behavior. It is, in fact, Joe Biden and his party who are guilty of slippery conduct.

    by Gary Bauer

    As you know, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett are underway.  Predictably, Democrats have condemned the hearings as “illegitimate” and condemned Barrett as an “extremist.”  Incredibly, one left-wing Democrat suggested that Barrett, a highly successful working mother of seven, would setback women’s rights!

    First, let’s set the record the straight on the question of legitimacy.  A Supreme Court vacancy has occurred 15 times during a presidential election year.  In all 15 times, the president made a nomination, as is his constitutional right.

    In seven of those times, the Senate was controlled by the opposition party and there were only two confirmations.  That’s a confirmation rate of just 29% when the White House and the Senate are controlled by different parties.

    In eight of those times, the Senate was controlled by the same party as the president.  Seven of those nominations were confirmed.  That’s a confirmation rate of 88% when the White House and the Senate are controlled by the same parties.  And that is the situation we have today.

    There was nothing unusual with the Senate refusing to confirm Merrick Garland in 2016.  It would have been highly unusual if Garland had been confirmed.  And there is nothing unusual about the Senate proceeding with Judge Barrett’s confirmation now.  It would be highly unusual if Judge Barrett were not confirmed.

    Moreover, in the course of their remarks, one Democrat after another has revealed their true intentions as they label Barrett a threat to abortion, a threat to Obamacare, a threat to LGBTQ rights.

    In other words, they aren’t interested in the Constitution, but their policy agenda.  They want activists making policy from the bench.  Thankfully, Judge Barrett rejects that philosophy.

    In her opening remarks yesterday, Barrett declared, “Courts are not designed to solve every problem. . . The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People.”

    But Joe Biden has no interest in being accountable to the people.  When asked recently about his views on packing the Supreme Court with more left-wing judges, Biden said, “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election.”

    Pressed later by a reporter as to whether voters deserved an answer, Biden doubled down, saying, “No, they don’t.”

    Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer isn’t being coy.  He told MSNBC that Democrats would be “right” to pack the Supreme Court with left-wing judges.  Schumer also said he was plotting ways to block Barrett’s confirmation.

    An Absurd Analysis

    Fox News ran a story yesterday about Joe Biden calling court packing a “boneheaded idea” 23 years ago.  Some Fox commentators suggested that Biden may have a problem with his left-wing base as a result.  I can’t believe how absurd that analysis is.

    Biden used to be pro-life.  We know what his position is today.  The Joe Biden of decades ago would have no chance of being nominated by today’s Democrat Party.  That’s why he has moved so far to the left on every issue.

    Meanwhile, the left is claiming that Trump and Senate Republicans are attempting to pack the court with Judge Barrett.  That’s not court packing.  That’s fulfilling a constitutional obligation to fill a judicial vacancy.

    Court packing is not liking the make-up of the court, not waiting for a vacancy and increasing the number of justices by legislation so you can install activist judges who will rubber stamp your radical agenda.

    That is the only definition of court packing that has ever existed.  It is foolish for analysts at Fox News to defend Biden over some decades-old statement.

    The most telling point here is that the left is attempting to redefine court packing in order to justify their efforts to do real court packing in the future, just as Chuck Schumer did.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Picture of Peter Timmerhues on Pixabay . 

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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