A Bunch of Spoiled Children
Without getting too political, a President is tasked by the Constitution with selecting Supreme Court Justices. (See section 2.) It is the job of the Senate to “give consent” to the Justice whom the President picks. (ibid) Because of recent events surrounding the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats are threatening to do purely political things to obtain and maintain political power. First, they want to pack the Supreme Court with more Justices to negate the current President’s Supreme Court appointments.
These kinds of political games are nothing new. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt threatened to do the same during his tenure. Roosevelt’s desires did not go over well with Americans. (Could that have been the reason that the Constitution was amended by Congress to limit the President to 2 terms or ten years?) In addition to packing the Court, Democrats today want to add new states to gain new Senators they presume will belong to their party. If true, this would effectively wrestle the power away from the Republicans in the Senate. One of those “territories” Democrats want to make state is the District of Columbia.
Article I and Section 8 of the Constitution states that Washington, D.C. cannot be a state. It must remain a neutral district. I do not deny that the District of Columbia has evolved into something our Framers never intended since the territory was supposed to stay under Congressional oversight. Yet, Washington, D.C. now has a mayor and city council. Yes, it is technically still under the supervision of Congress but is autonomous.
Where does this political gamesmanship end? All the Republicans would have to do is add even more Justices to the Court when they had the opportunity to do so. (“So, you want 15 Justices? We will up the number to 21!”) And while we are engaging in speculation regarding future statehood, what if existing states divided into smaller states to boost one party’s presence in the Senate? Texas could likely divide into a couple of conservative-leaning states. The Florida panhandle could do the same. I know Virginians wishing the rest of the state could break away from the northernmost counties. (West Virginia offered disgruntled western counties of Virginia an opportunity to join their state. But a Democrat Party-controlled state legislature would make that prospect highly unlikely.)
It seems evident to me that things have gotten out of hand within the halls of the Capitol. We are not what our Framers intended us to be. Some of the changes we have undergone are necessary, such as removing the scourge of slavery and granting women suffrage. Yet, the Federal government has grown too large and powerful, doing many things not enumerated by the Constitution. Sadly, some of these changes may well be our nation’s eventual undoing.
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