Tuesday, liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer warned Democrats to “think long and hard” about their dream of expanding (“packing”) the Supreme Court with additional leftist Justices to overpower the conservative Justices’ votes.
During a lecture at Harvard Law School, Breyer warned that the Court’s authority is based on the public’s trust that it’s “guided by legal principle, not politics.” He said, “If the public sees Justices as ‘politicians in robes,’ its confidence in the courts, and in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the Court’s power, including its power to act as a ‘check’ on the other branches.”
Of course, that wouldn’t matter to people for whom diminishing the Court’s power to check the other branches is the whole point.
In other SCOTUS news, on Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed former President Trump’s appeal of a ruling that it was unconstitutional for him to block trolls from his White House Twitter account. The Court ruled it moot since he’s no longer President.
However, while Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the ruling, he also made an important point that could form the basis for future needed reforms of laws governing these too-powerful social media sites. Lower courts ruled that Trump couldn’t block critics from what was considered a public forum because it was “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination”...yet Thomas noted that Twitter – a private company – later blocked the President from his own Twitter account and therefore blocked all Twitter users from interacting with his messages.
Thomas asked how the law can find that First Amendment protections apply to a forum in which “unbridled control of the account resided in the hands of a private party.”
Noting the power of platforms such as Twitter to cut off speech, Thomas warned that the Supreme Court "will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms."
Let’s hope that happens very soon, since it’s obvious the Democratic Congress will never act as long as the social media giants’ biases and censorship are to their political advantage.
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04/16/2021 04:29 PM
1) I don't see the need for the Dems to pack the Supreme Court. They already have them doing their bidding.
2) I keep getting requests from Republicans to donate money to them so they can oppose various extreme left Dem policies. I just want to see them fight for election reform. Without that, nothing that conservatives want will happen. Dems don't care about pleasing voters now that they have succeeded in bypassing the election process by just trucking in as many ballots as they need (in addition to other methods of fraud).
Paula K Motley
04/10/2021 01:01 AM
The people are left with no protection, and they realize the court has washed its hands of the duty to protect us.
04/09/2021 11:21 PM
What proactive thing can the justices do against a government out of control? Make your plan. Defend yourselves.
04/07/2021 05:59 PM
I think Breyer hangs too close to Roberts. Right now the only one I trust on the SCOTUS is Justice Clarence Thomas, the one justice that we goes by the Constitution and the Laws of the Land. I believe him to KNOW be trustworthy, honest, a patriot - a man with integrity!!
04/07/2021 05:52 PM
Hi glad that someone on the Supreme Court wants to do something! I was beginning to believe that they were all hiding under their desks!
04/07/2021 03:40 PM
I just read on FB where one of the things that destroyed Venezuela was that they packed their supreme court, going from 20 justices to 32. This determination of the Democrats to overwhelm the court with Liberals is a not so subtle move to grab power and make sure their agenda overtakes our government. Shame on them!!!
04/07/2021 01:15 PM
My confidence in the Supreme Court is already greatly diminished by virtue of Chief Justice Robert's OBVIOUS Political Decisions, & I've totally lost any respect for the Court as a whole since they did NOT have the Courage or Sense of Duty to Intervene in a Fraudulent, Stolen Election in 2020! The Court is not much more than Nine Spineless Cowards!