“Court packing” double talk from the devious left

Linda Valdez, the far-left editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is having anxiety attacks over what she repeatedly refers to as “packing the court.” A piece of legislation (HB 2537) winding its way through the chambers allows for the addition of two new Supreme Court justices on the Arizona high court, expanding the number from the current five to seven members. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey would make the appointments filling the two vacancies if the bill wins approval.

The court building and bench were constructed to accommodate the increased number of justices.

SRAZ currently takes no position on the plan. But it’s interesting to ponder if Valdez would be so indignant if the date were 1937 and it was the U.S. Supreme Court that was under consideration for expansion to as many as 15 justices.

That was the Machiavellian scheme of Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt who planned to expand the U.S. Supreme Court, allegedly to make it more efficient. Critics charged that Roosevelt was trying to “pack” the court and neutralize Supreme Court justices hostile to his radically liberal “New Deal” of overreaching  federal programs. During the previous two years, the high court struck down several key pieces of New Deal legislation on the grounds that the laws delegated an unconstitutional amount of authority to the executive branch and the federal government.

In an obsessive power grab, Roosevelt then attempted to mandate retirement at full pay for all members of the court over age 70. If a justice refused to retire, an “assistant” with full voting rights was to be appointed, ensuring Roosevelt a liberal majority. Most Republicans and many Democrats in Congress opposed the so-called “court-packing” plan — with the Senate striking it down by a vote of 70 to 22. Ultimately, Roosevelt nominated his first Supreme Court justice, and by 1942 all but two of the justices were his appointees.

Our bet is Linda Valdez would have been all too happy to see such liberal activism from the executive branch in reconfiguring the federal judiciary.

After Franklin Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed, officially limiting presidential tenure in office to two terms of four years each.

Valdez doubtless would have opposed that curtailment of the “president for life” measure, as long as the president was a like-minded liberal.

Smithsonian.com has a wealth of information on FDR and his audacious court packing scheme.

6 Responses to “Court packing” double talk from the devious left

  1. Villanova says:

    Another excellent post, SRAZ! You nailed the liberal double standard perfectly!

  2. Ajo Joe says:

    Roosevelt regarded himself as omnipotent. Death proved him to be a mere mortal—and wrong.

  3. MacBeth says:

    The recent and unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia clearly illustrates how delicate the balance of the high court can be, whether the US Supreme Court or the AZ Supreme Court is at issue.
    At the SCOTUS level, Republican presidents have often been duped when they intended to appoint conservatives to the bench. John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy and Sandra O’Connor immediately come to mind. Bush (Robertswho destroyed the American health care system with his vote for Obamacare) and Reagan (O’Connor and Kennedy) each ended up with squishes who purported to be conservatives but delighted in being the swing (to the left) vote .

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    And in the District of Corruption, the rumors are being floated that Obama may appoint Garland to the US Supremes by merely making it so. (story on breitbart.com, today) He don’t need no stinkin’ Senate.

    Also, last week in Brooklyn, NY, US Supreme Sotomayor gave a speech to a bunch of law students.

    She used her bully pulpit to complain about the makeup of the high court, saying that there were too many white people, too many Catholics, and too many Jews.

    Perhaps in her next speech, she’ll just come out with it and call for a muslim transgender with a foot fetish.

    • Kent says:

      Spot on regarding Sotomayor’s remarks. I imagine she neglected to mention she’s on the Supreme Court because she’s a diabetic Hiispanic. With the illegal invasion, they probably don” t qualify as a minority anymore.

    • Casper says:

      Obama doesn’t just regarding myself as a dictator he thinks he’s God. He has no regard for the Constitution or even for the United States, which is all too clear from his actions as he attempts to make the US Mexico Norte and change us from our Judeo-Christian fundamentals to majority Muslim with his dangerous “refugee” program.