Monday, July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

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Letter: Supreme Court is not the threat

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Jay Ambrose is probably correct that the Supreme Court is in danger but not for the reasons he suggests (“Supreme Court is in danger,” June 23). He fears that if Democrats control all branches of government after this election, they will “pack” the court with ideologues. He is upset that Neil Gorsuch failed to follow the party line in the LGBTQ decision. Apparently, he doesn’t want anyone who shows some independence. The real danger is if all justices are appointed by one party.

Let’s back up. After all, it was Mitch McConnell and the Republicans who chose Gorsuch by delaying the appointment for 11 months so that “voters could have their say” in 2016. Even though both parties had previously endorsed Merrick Garland, they waited and appointed Gorsuch. They were playing hard ball. He was bought and paid for! Karma comes to mind.

If the Democrats decide to play hard ball by appointing a couple more justices to balance the court, that is somehow unfair. Nothing in the Constitution requires nine justices.

Finally, Ambrose complains that SCOTUS is trying to run the government. Considering the dumpster fire that is the executive branch and a barely functional Congress, he may be right. But one branch is better than nothing.

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