Sunday, February 28, 2010

Now here's a bright left-collectivist with an unoriginal but really great idea (he thinks).


Here's what passes for a bright idea from a very dim collectivist bulb, and my email reply to him.


Obama should expand court

Stan Isaacs
writes a weekly column on

This may come as a surprise to some people, but the U.S. Constitution does not specify the size of the Supreme Court.

The original Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number of justices at six. It shrank to five in 1801. It expanded to seven in 1807. It grew to nine in 1837 and 10 in 1863. It fell back to seven in 1866. It returned to nine in 1869 and has remained at that number since.

Political issues accounted for the changes. The Federalists reduced the number to five, hoping to deprive Thomas Jefferson of an appointment. The incoming Democrats repealed that measure, raising the number to seven. It went to nine in 1837 to give Andrew Jackson two more seats. Civil War issues led to more fluctuations before the court settled at nine under President Ulysses Grant.

So if nine justices is not writ in stone, the embattled President Obama should deal with this hostile conservative/reactionary court by adding three members.

The court's recent controversial decision equating corporations with individuals turned an already overly money-influenced campaign system into a veritable free-for-all of propaganda for corporate and vested interests. It was met with criticism by most legal scholars, praised only by corporate mouthpieces.

Even Barack "Can't We All Get Along?" Obama criticized the decision in his State of the Union speech. A lot of good that will do. The court has four hard-liners who are against what Obama strives for, and a so-called swing voter, Anthony Kennedy, who votes with them in the big cases.

As the court stands, it is reminiscent of the stonewall President Franklin Roosevelt faced in opposition to his New Deal legislation. Four entrenched reactionary justices, known as the "Four Horsemen," were not only anti-New Deal, but some demonstrated a personal dislike for FDR.

Justice James McReynolds reportedly stated in response to rumors that he would step down, "I'll never retire as long as that crippled son of a bitch is still in the White House."

In response, Roosevelt sought to appoint an additional justice for each incumbent justice who reached the age of 70 and refused retirement, with a maximum size of 15 justices. The phrase "packing the court" became the pejorative that turned the public against FDR's plan.

The actual plan wasn't pushed, however, because of changes on the court. Justice Owen Roberts - seemingly intimidated by popular approval of the New Deal - voted with liberals in a decision supporting Washington state's minimum-wage law. Roberts' change of heart was called "the switch in time that saved nine."

The ideological balance of the court was changed for good with the retirement of another Horseman, Willis Van Devanter, and the confirmation of liberal Hugo Black in August 1937.

Had Roosevelt needed his court-packing plan, he would have had to do a better job of winning over the public. Secrecy undermined the proposal, including the president's failure to bring Democratic leaders into his confidence before a news conference announcing the plan. Kentucky Sen. Alben Barkley complained that Roosevelt was a "poor quarterback" on the court plan.

That's an easy enough mistake for Obama to avoid. He can easily be a quarterback for change on a court that will give the president continued grief as he tries to implement his agenda.

Obama can give himself a fighting chance by changing the rules of the game, just as they were changed for other presidents in the 1800s. He should forget bipartisanship and work with congressional Democrats to name three new justices to the court to meet the challenges he faces.

It would be a tumultuous fight, but it would be for a change we could believe in.

E-mail Stan Isaacs at

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 8:13 pm
Subject: You lack one thing on your Supreme Court proposal


You lack one thing on your Supreme Court proposal. Your mathematics are faulty. Your side does not have enough people or enough firearms to make such a naked power grab stick. On the other hand, the opposing side -- that is to say those of us of the armed citizenry already mobilized by other Obamanoid attacks on the Constitution and the rule of law -- well, we outnumber you by millions and we have plenty of arms and ammunition not only to overturn your attempt but to chase you and all your collectivist kind back to Europe where you will doubtless feel more comfortable among unarmed peasants.

Was that the kind of change you had in mind? Or, put another way:

Care for a long swim?

Be careful what you wish for, you may get it. The only law you should worry about at this point is the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Mike Vanderboegh
PO Box 926
Pinson AL 35126


parabarbarian said...

Fiction becoming truth and truth is all the stranger for it.

Happy D said...

Concise Mike.
But is it likely to get the point?

bryanj said...

el oh f-ing el. good on ya.

B said...

History shows us that this tact has been achieved before and it shows us in hindsight that there were no justification for the 'power grab'. More than a hundred years later, this path would not survive the scrutiny of the 24/7 news junkies, past whom, the administration would not be able to sneak by. We are watching and we are listening and we aren't buying what they think they can sell.


Smince said...

Note the comments section of that article. We have a righteous wind at our back.

Tvarisch said...

Huzzah for the excellent response to the little statist moron!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Yeah, he IS thinking, but we don't need to put any ideas into our beloved Leader's head.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, there is no way they will try that...better they drink bad beer and sing sad tunes in ugly coffee houses...

John said...

After a little Google checking, it appears Stan Isaacs was once a sports writer over 50 years ago ( .)

Using the email contact provided in the Philly Inquirer article, there is a reference to his current address( ) which is The Quadrangle ( ) -- a retirement community that provides assisted living for people of various stages of old age.

In short, I believe Mr. Issacs is an old man and, perhaps, shouldn't be entirely held accountable for such a stupid idea. The Philly Inquirer, on the other hand, willfully published it which, I think, makes for a pretty good argument that one or more Philly staff members should consider relocating to The Quadrangle, too.

Ted said...

I love these guys. "But why oh why won't the people just bow down and take their brain implant? Why can't they see that we only want the best, according to this chart here that we made?" *spit* Progressives.

Anonymous said...

This almost leaves me speechless!
His history is probably correct. And his historical reasoning (political power grab during Roosevelt's administration) is also probably correct.

But to think that conservatives couldn't / wouldn't learn from history, and see any similar attempt on Obeyme's part for the naked socialist liberal power grab that it would be, is just plain BLIND!

And Mike, your response to Mr Dim-Bulb is spot on.
We will not retreat ONE MORE INCH.

Again and again, thank you for all you do on our behalf; informing us of the news that the MSM won't, and responding (and thereby HOPEfully giving someone pause enough to stop what they're doing) to the libtard idiots that come up with these boneheaded "ideas".

B Woodman

aughtsix said...


Note the comments section of that article. We have a righteous wind at our back.

Not one favorable comment, plenty of outrage and anti Onumbnutz sentiment... and more than a few mentions of civil war, action in the streets and folks lined up against walls!

Signs, portents and omens, all good! Got Hope? The times, they are a'Changin'.

The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit said...

Court packing. How original.

Anonymous said...

A more brief response;

Try it.

I'd love to see nothing better than an arrogant, self-obsessed man with awful approval numbers attempt such overreach.

Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a blunder!