In 1954, the Supreme Court decided Brown v Board of Education.
In 1973, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.
In 2015, the Supreme Court decided Obergefell v. Hodges.
For better or for worse, the Supreme Court has a profound effect on the laws of the land. Some of these cases have rippled in a good way for generations. Other, like Roe V. Wade have been dramatic in their effect on the nation, and even as science as outpaced the decisions, there is rarely a review of them.
This is because 9 black-robed judges are appointed for life, and are generally appointed in line with the political slant of the President who is in office. Most recently, Obama has appointed two Supremes: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan.
Both Justices lean left like Obama and both will sit on the bench until they choose to retire or they die. So when Anotonin Scalia died in March 2016, Obama was quick to usher through another justice nominee. Luckily the Republicans have a majority in the Senate and Obama’s third appointee has not taken a seat.
But now Harry Reid wants to change the rules of the Senate. He said this, according to The Hill
“I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a majority,”* he said. “It’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate.* It’ll have to be done again.”
As recently as 2013, the Democrats changed the Senate rules and gave themselves more power to approve judges with a simple majority. They left the Supreme Court at a majority of 60 votes.
Reid wants to change the filibuster so that a simple majority can appoint a Supreme Court Judge with no ability to block the appointment.
This nuclear option would give the controlling senate much more ability to help their president push things through. And since justices serve for life and review law that affects the whole country, Harry Reid is playing the game of what’s best for Democrats by wanting to stack the Supreme Court.
The Supremes actually have created law, even as being part of the judicial branch of government It was supposed to be set up that the checks and balances would keep the balance of power equal among the branches.
But Harry Reid is intent in not having checks or balances but rather having power for himself and his Democrat cronies.
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