James Madison declared: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the hands of one political party is the definition of tyranny.”

On Sept. 24, this nation will celebrate the 232nd anniversary of President George Washington signing into law the Judiciary Act of 1789, creating the Supreme Court.

The Galveston County Coalition for Justice’s reflection on the Supreme Court’s longevity provides us with a golden opportunity to join in the public debate over reforming the Supreme Court.

However, I believe in terms of “civil rights,” the debate should’ve started 165 years ago with the Supreme Court’s infamous decisions in Dred Scott v. Sanford in 1856 denying citizenship to African Americans or the horrendous decisions handed down in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 proliferating Jim Crow laws of the “separate but equal doctrine.”

Although the Court’s shameful trajectory on civil rights was temporarily reversed in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, it wouldn’t take long before the Court resumed invalidating other civil rights laws such as the case of Shelby County v. Holder in 2013.

Throughout the years, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has bragged to the Federalist Society about his bare-knuckle tactics in the Senate to “pack” the Supreme Court.

But, the table has turned and the Democratic Party has taken control of the White House and the Congress. The same monomaniacal Mitch McConnell is attacking the Democrats for plotting to pack the Supreme Court, something he has taken pleasure in doing for years.

Apparently, McConnell forgot the old Southern slang that goes, “It ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun.”

Be that as it may, the dubious 6-3 conservative majority Supreme Court has lost public trust as a legitimate court of law.

But McConnell doesn’t care about public trust; he’s making more promises that if the Republicans regain a Senate majority in 2022, he would not allow President Biden to fill any Supreme Court vacancy. Sound familiar?

Now is the time for the Democratic-controlled Congress to end the 1837 Senate filibuster clause and reform the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices from nine to 13, establish a non-renewable 20-years term limit with justices’ nominations staggered in such a way that each president can only make two appointments during each term.

George Washington didn’t trust political parties, and he would’ve never trusted McConnell. In his farewell address, Washington warned this nation of the tyranny of partisan politics. He said, “The love of power and the proneness to abuse it predominate the human heart. This fragile government can only survive through the wholly separation of the three branches of government to preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.”

We the people, who have a passion for liberty, must demand that Congress pass the Judiciary Act of 2021 with all deliberate speed.

The struggle continues.

Tarris Woods is founder and president of Galveston County Coalition for Justice and is a former councilman of District 1 in Galveston.

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Carlos Ponce

The Judiciary Act of 2021 H.R.2584 was introduced in the House on April 15, referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.Action and got no further.

Fate of bill:

"Liberal push to expand Supreme Court is all but dead among Hill Dems"

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/26/liberals-expand-supreme-court-democrats-484562

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said she has no plans to bring the high court expansion bill to the floor, and its prospects are equally dim in the Senate."

Jack Cross

Carlos is correct. there is no vote on any Judiciary Act. This Act was first signed into law by George Washington in1789. The Act simply established the court system including the Supreme Court.

Mr. Woods is confused, falsely stating that; “Throughout the years, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has bragged to the Federalist Society about his bare-knuckle tactics in the Senate to pack the Supreme Court”.

That did not happen, what Mc Connell did do was block president Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland after Justice Scalia passed away near the end of Obama’s term. That gave Trump the chance to name Kavanaugh.

That did not sit will with democrats and apparently Mr. Woods. But, come on, if the democrats were in power and the time, do you think they would have allowed the Republicans to get that pick and besides, no laws was broken. Today, democrats control the House. Senate and President and there is no doubt that they are exercising their power.

As to packing the supreme court, it is not Republicans who propose packing the court, that belongs to Democrats, first with FDR and now current democrats.

Standing in the way are other democrats, West Virginal senator Joe Manchin and Arizona senator Kyrsten Sinema.

The reason they are against this is because major legislation requires 60 votes and democrats want to do away with the filibuster and pass it with a simple majority which they could do since the senate is split 50/50 with VP Harris casting the tie breaking vote. Manchin, rightfully says, it is not a good idea to change the rules that could come back to bite you.

I can understand that Mr. Woods wants to win, but this isn’t about Jim Crow or slavery. We are living in the era of opportunity, no one is being held back because of their race. The key to success is a strong family and placing priorities on education.

Charles Douglas

If the RADICALS are not complaining about one thing then it is another! I don't think any of them have room to complain after who they engineered into the Oval Office back in November! "Joe China" reminds me of a childhood story I read about a certain king who longed for more riches and fame than he already had! He, like our RADICALS of today, had to have more, and more, and more than that!

So he made a deal with the devil for his soul, in exchange for the ability to get MORE, and he Satan gave him what the book called the "MIDAS TOUCH"...where everything he touch turned to gold! Oh he was ecstatic, joyful, and delighted, because the way it appeared was that there was NO END TO HIS ABILTY TO GET MORE AND MORE RICHER THAN HE ALREADY WAS! He had pulled one over on the devil! He had the Midas Touch don't you see! He just walked around touching stuff and making gold, and becoming more and more richer each time, and everything was alright, until he sat down to eat! Shall I go on? Allow me to proceed,..okay? Well he touched his food and guess what? Right! He touched his drink, and guess again? Right again, all of it turned to gold. When he touch his wife...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right!!!! Well, safe to say he would soon have to settle his deal with the devil!!!!! Don't you think?

"For what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world world and lose his own soul? ...(Mark 8:36).

" And he said to them, take heed, beware of Covetousness, for a man's life does not consist of the Abundance of "THINGS" he possesses." ......( Luke 12:15)

Now I used that metaphor to inform some, and remind others about the Fake, Hoax, & Incompetent power hungry, Fraud we have as a leader now. He obviously has cut the same deal that King Midas did with the devil, because true enough ...he has what can be called the "FECAL TOUCH." Everything that man touches turns to "FECES!" ( Not my choice word ). It is the price he is paying for lying, scheming, caniving, conspiring, & plotting against the citizens of this country and America itself ...for selfish interests for himself, his family, at the expense of Americans in order to become more and more powerful and more and more richer!

He and his family are in the tank for Red China, and XI JINPING! They have proven that by the billions his son & brother have raked in from all over the world from China, Russia, The Ukraine, and other rogue nations by SELLING ACCESS to Joe China! This is why China can do whatever they want because they have Joe China and our Generals compromised, especially General Milley! I would be willing to bet China has audio & video tapes detailing incriminating evidence of betrayal, and treason by both Joe & Hunter Biden! This man gave a UN speech the other day and did NOT MENTION ANYTHING CHINA WAS DOING! HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO! XI JINPING would not have put up with it! His own Generals and Defense Secretary as much as called him a liar under oath yesterday in a Congressional hearing! This man is getting thousands of people, including Americans KILLED in Afghanistan, because of his lust for power, & by making bad, stupid wrong decisions, a raving fool could get right without thinking hard!

You don't Cut & Run, with tail between you legs, from a fight while leaving thousands of Americans citizens & at risk Allies, & Afghans behind to die and be tortured! You don't ever want to be that kind of Yellow-Belly Coward, but "Joe Cut-Run" did just that on August 31, 2021! He sold out his countrymen in order to get to a microphone on September 11, as quick as possible to proclaim ( With Chest Out ) ..."I ended the Afghanistan War Everybody!" "Me, JOE CUT& RUN, "ME !" " I ended the war!" "Where is my Nobel Peace Prize?" Well, we have American Citizens dying, and being torchered in Afghanistan by the Taliban tonight for what Joe Biden and his henchmen did over there! Lastly, I am surprised this author did not write an OP-ED detailing the damage this man has done to this country instead of toeing the party line like he always seems to do! Satan himself always bring up the past to hang a man with, so please, like the Temptations use to sing, "DONT LOOK BACK!" Lets talk about NOW, & The Future!!

Jim Forsythe

Charles, what does all that have to do with the Supreme Court?

Charles Douglas

Well, lets see. Well you have to have a country or there won't be any need for a Supreme Court! So if your President, is not stopped from turning this nation into another Red China, ...what Good will a Supreme Court do no matter how many are appointed! I'm keeping all that out there in the open...you see. [wink]

Raymond Lewis

Very good question Mr. Forsythe.

Jim Forsythe

It's amazing that Republicans complain about court packing, when they have done so in the last few years. Packing the court can be adding more members or making up some new standard and then just a few years latter, refusing to go by that standard.

Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell invented a new standard, the McConnell Rule, which said that if a vacancy occurs during a presidential election year, then the American people should have a say in who gets to nominate their replacement.

Within two hours of Justice Ginsburg’s passing, McConnell cynically abandoned his McConnell Rule and made it plain he will make every effort to ram an appointment through the Senate.

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Jim has created his own definition of "court packing" to fit false narrative.

Merriam Webster -

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court-packing

Definition of court-packing: the act or practice of packing) a court and especially the United States Supreme Court by increasing the number of judges or justices in an attempt to change the ideological makeup of the court

The Republicans are not guilty of that, Jim. When did Republicans increase the number of justices? It is still 9.

George Laiacona

The Republicans like the court just the way it is . They have the majority and will do anything to keep it that way. Even the popular President FDR tried to change the Supreme Court to his favor but could not succeed. As it turned out the court lost just enough judges by other means that by the time of WWII he and President Truman had a more favorable court, even though some of the New Deal legislation was turned down by the court. Today’s situation will change in the future, we just have to wait for the Republicans to lose the power that they have now. If There is enough patriotic Americans that vote in the next election then things will change for the better.

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