Republican-nominated Justices seek to protect the Constitution and our liberties.
In a political climate with more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera, you grow to expect nation-shaking news on a daily basis. That still did not prepare us for Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court. After a spate of 5-4 Supreme Court Decisions this past week, ranging from overturning attacks on freedom of speech and association to upholding the constitutionality of the Travel Ban, the retirement of “eternal swing vote” Justice Kennedy under a Republican President provides an opportunity for us to make sure a majority of our Justices are principled Constitutionalists.
Steve A. Von Loor is running for North Carolina’s 4th District in the House of Representatives. Under all normal circumstances, he would have no vote to cast in favor of or against any Supreme Court nominee. However, these are not normal times. Already, we have seen articles appear on Huffington Post and Vice.com, tweets from law professors at Harvard and Fordham, legitimately calling for Supreme Court packing. No, this is not a joke. For those who need a quick refresher on our U.S. History, President Roosevelt proposed expanding the size of the Supreme Court in order to receive favorable votes on his New Deal programs. Thankfully, enough Democrats paired with Republicans to vote against the insane idea. Court packing would have been a radical departure from what the institution stands for; it changes the Court’s nature from examining Constitutionality of legislation to serving as a rubber stamp for the ruling party.
Similar to the new “Abolish I.C.E.” calls from U.S. Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren, this proposal is starting from the fringes of the Left and will wade inward to the mainstream. Only this time, thanks to our quickened pace of politics and social media, court packing is already picking up steam. That Fordham Law Professor’s tweet, which would have gone unnoticed a week ago, now has close to 28 thousand favorites. The articles linked have been shared thousands of times as well.
When you go out to vote this November, it is important to think back on this week and on Justice Kennedy’s decision to retire under a Republican. Republican-nominated Justices seek to protect the Constitution and our liberties. Any effort to pack the courts must pass the House of Representatives, not just the Senate. A vote for Steve’s campaign is a vote to preserve the integrity of the Supreme Court and a vote against packing the Court.