From Fox News:
Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.
The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.
The Democrats are desperate to keep the Supreme Court from expanding gun rights in any way, shape, or form.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.'”
This is the most self-oblivious statement I have ever read. Senate Democrats say that the court is too political, so if the court refuses to bow to Democrat political pressure, the Democrats will punish the court.
To any reasonable person, that is twisting the court’s arm to be more… what’s the word… political.
This has always been a tactic for the Democrats. When the Left marches in lockstep, they are never accused of putting party over country. When the Right holds fast to principle instead of doing what the Left wants, they are told they are putting party over country. So it is with the Supreme Court. When SCOTUS legislates from the bench for the Left, that is good law. When SCOTUS affirms a right the Right likes (e.g. Heller and McDonald), that is the court engaging in bad partisan politics.
The Democratic senators’ brief was filed in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which dealt with legal limitations on where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms. They are urging the court to stay out of the case brought by the NRA-backed group, claiming that because the city recently changed the law to ease restrictions, the push to the Supreme Court is part of an “industrial-strength influence campaign” to get the conservative majority to rule in favor of gun owners.
So regardless of how unconstitutional NYC’s law may be, if the Supreme Court decides in favor of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, which is supported by the NRA, Senate Democrats are going to enact revenge against the Court.
This is a more aggressive step taken by the Left than ever before. If they can bully the Supreme Court on this case, they can do it on any other case. The Democrats only need file a brief that says “this is how we want you to decide and if you don’t we’ll pack the court or move you to lower courts and replace you with Justices we like.”
If this is allowed to happen, the Supreme Court will no longer be a check and balance on the Legislature. It will be a panel of Judges to rubber-stamp the Constitutionality of anything the Democrats want.
If the Left manages to pull this off, the ballot box may no longer be the right box to protect us anymore.