October 20, 2020

Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed a new Constitutional Amendment to prevent Democrats from trying to seize permanent power by packing the Supreme Court with additional liberal political appointees and turning it into a super-legislature. He calls it the “Keep Nine” Amendment. It simply reads: “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices.”

Cruz said if Democrats win the election, they will kill the filibuster and expand and pack the SCOTUS with radical liberal activists to entrench their power for generations and destroy the foundations of our democratic system. Supporter Sen. Martha McSally agreed, calling their refusal to confirm or deny that they plan to pack the court “frightening.”

Unfortunately, the Amendment isn’t likely to go anywhere, since it would take a two-thirds majority vote of both the House and Senate and then have to be ratified by 38 of the 50 state legislatures. There are too many Democrats in power to allow that. But ironically, if the Amendment were put to a national vote, chances are it would win by a two-thirds majority. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 32% of Americans (just under one third) favor packing the Supreme Court.

But then, if Democrats believed in letting the people have control over their own government, they wouldn’t be so keen to have us ruled by unelected judges who write laws from the bench that they can’t get passed through legislatures.

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  • Pamela Farris

    10/29/2020 09:18 AM

    I think the Supreme Justices should have the right to hold those that pack the court for treason and throw them in jail.

  • Terry Larson

    10/22/2020 12:57 AM

    A sane idea and therefore will not be supported by the insane Democrat party leadership in the US House of Representatives, Senate, and Blue state legislatures.

  • Karen Biricocchi

    10/21/2020 08:48 AM

    If approval for "Keep Nine" Amendment can be put on the ballot, put it on the ballot for the people to decide then they have to pass it. Put term limits on the ballot while you're at it. These representatives and senators that are in there for 25, 30, 47 years doing nothing and becoming radical is ridiculous.


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  • Toby Willis

    10/20/2020 06:47 PM

    The most important new amendment needs to be term limits for congress!!!

  • Dave Curtis by

    10/20/2020 06:21 PM

    Great job Sen.Cruz

  • Marcia J. Jones

    10/20/2020 06:16 PM

    In favor of the nine. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Cruz!

  • Yon Friedmann

    10/20/2020 06:12 PM

    Here is another idea to put for a national vote.
    The chaos in America and globally seems to be the result of the compromised political party system that must be addressed and replaced by a government-funded national elections system under a new law titled "The National Elections Reform Act."
    This act would establish a new National Elections Administration (NEA) each four years and would be selected by the sitting US President.
    The NEA would be composed of three boards, a 20 member citizens verification board made up of confirmed US citizens plus two nine-member boards, one for federal elections qualifications and the other for state elections, each consisting of three constitutional attorneys to review consistency with the US original Constitution and Bill of Rights, three MBA’s to review economic benefits from submitted applications, and three Ph.D.’s to review the logic and efficacy of candidates submissions.
    This NEA’s 20 member board would be responsible for qualifying citizen voters whereby all US citizens would be required to submit their application to vote that include their name, age, current address, place of birth (city, state, and country), and with their application, citizens must provide proof of citizenship in the form of a copy of their birth certificate, naturalization document, photo ID with their fingerprint, or if born outside the US, must be a child of two confirmed US citizens.
    Once confirmed as citizens, they receive their personal hand-held electronic voting machine/tablet that is linked to the NEA and to be used in all elections, federal and state and for voting on legislation with line item vetoes included.
    These nine-member boards would qualify individuals for federal and state offices based on a process whereby the prospective candidate must be 30 years of age or older, provide their personal historical credentials, and provide a written statement as to what they wish to do in the office they seek.
    Candidate submissions for federal and state offices are then qualified by each of the respective NEA federal and state boards.
    The federal board qualifies and selects the best 25 qualified individuals for all federal positions that include President, Congress, and SCOTUS, while the state board qualifies all state candidates seeking a position as Governor, state representatives, Mayors, and City Council members of their state.
    All incumbents are automatically included and qualified as one of the 25 selected applicants for a pending election, however, they may be voted out if receiving the lowest votes after the scheduled monthly debate.
    All federal and state elected officials are subject to two four-year term limits except the SCOTUS is subject to two eight-year term limits.
    All candidates must submit their application two years before a general election.
    Once the federal and state candidates are qualified two years before an election, one year before an election the NEA allocates, to each federal candidate $10M per month for their campaign while state candidates would receive $7M per month for their campaign.
    Election contributions will no longer be permitted by corporations, individuals, or political parties for any election. All elections are to be government funded.
    Once the maximum 25 candidates are qualified for each office, they will begin to participate in a scheduled monthly debate throughout the last year before the general election which is to be conducted every four years.
    Citizens shall cast their vote after each debate based on a preference scale between one and ten whereby one is the least favored and ten is the most favored while legislation will be based on an approve or disapprove basis.
    Following each monthly debate, the two or more candidates receiving an equal and least number of secured electronic votes from the public will be removed as a candidate and no longer receive their monthly campaign allotment while such remaining campaign funds will be held by the NEA for future elections.
    This elimination process via debates continues until one month before the final election day when the remaining three candidates for President and Governor will be listed on the electronic tablet and voted on and two candidates remain for offices other than President and Governor will be voted on the scheduled general election date.
    Of the three remaining presidential and gubernatorial candidates, the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be on the final general election ballot whereby the individual receiving the most votes wins the election as President and the one receiving the second most votes becomes the Vice-President while the same applies to state elections where a Governor and Lieutenant-Governor are selected based on the one receiving the most votes becoming Governor and the runner up becoming Lieutenant-Governor.
    The state listing of candidates and legislation to be voted on will be unique to each citizen’s residential location as they submitted when first applying for the electronic voting tablets.
    If moved to another location, citizens may submit the change of address via their electronic voting tablet that must include a new photo ID with new address and their fingerprint.
    This elections reform proposal is part of the Restoring America Program (RAP).
    This is a draft of the basic idea and perhaps may be tweaked if needed to perfect the method of how we the people select our leaders and representatives in the future.
    This program is a necessary step for citizens of America to reclaim their power and freedom from the current self-serving political party election system and free us all from the influence of special interest money for agendas other than the interest of the people.

  • Marilyn Swartz

    10/20/2020 05:38 PM

    Democrats are the socialist party now and should be tried for treason. Packing the Supreme Court is radical just like the Democrats have become!

  • Dimitrios Kastis

    10/20/2020 02:17 PM

    The keep nine amendment sounds like a great idea.
    Even if Democrats vote against it, they'll be on record as to the radical agents.
    Senator Cruz, I hope you run for the highest office, or that Trump appoints you in his second term to the supreme court if a vacancy presents itself.
    A proud Deplorable ??

  • Mary Kay Youngs

    10/20/2020 02:08 PM

    Great idea. Go for it. Hurry up though.

  • Ed

    10/20/2020 01:53 PM

    God bless Mike H and Ted C both. If there is a red wave, a common sense revolution might sweep congress regardless of party. Such a simple amendment might then be possible with support from reasonable Democrats.

  • Patrick Warden

    10/20/2020 01:50 PM

    Vote of referendum is a great way to pass it

  • Randy Davis

    10/20/2020 01:46 PM

    Perhaps we should change the way constitutional amendments are ratified.

  • Gary Haycox

    10/20/2020 01:46 PM

    Can’t a convention of states initiate an Amendment overriding Congressional Foot Dragging ?