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Here Are 4 Egregious Ways the Left Wants to Transform American Politics

Pelosi speaker Nancy left“When you can’t win the game, change the rules.”

That seems to be the motto of the far left these days. Not content to play by the rules, it hopes to tilt the playing field to its own advantage and in the process transform American politics.

Here are four ways it has proposed doing that.

1. Packing the Supreme Court

A number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have floated the idea of adding new seats on the Supreme Court.

To begin with, this is something the Constitution gives Congress the power to determine. But this isn’t the first time the political branches have played politics with the Supreme Court by trying to tinker with the number of seats.

Congress initially set the number at six justices (including the chief justice) when it passed the Judiciary Act of 1789. Then, in the waning days of President John Adams’ presidency, the Federalist-controlled Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1801, known as the “Midnight Judges Act,” which reduced the number of Supreme Court justices to five and created a number of new circuit court judgeships to be filled by Adams before his rival, Thomas Jefferson, took office.

For the next 60 years, Congress periodically added new seats, and the Supreme Court reached its high-water mark with 10 justices in 1863. Following the Civil War, Congress reduced the number of seats to seven amid its battle with President Andrew Johnson over Reconstruction. Then in 1869, Congress set the number of justices at nine, where it has remained since.

The last major attempt to alter the Supreme Court’s composition was in the late 1930s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, upset with the conservative “Four Horsemen” of the Supreme Court thwarting parts of his New Deal agenda, tried to persuade Congress to allow him to appoint a “junior justice” for every sitting justice who remained on the Supreme Court beyond age 70.

That measure failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. But Roosevelt got the last laugh—he got to “pack” the court the old-fashioned way, and ended up appointing eight justices throughout his time in office.

So while it’s not unprecedented to alter the number of seats on the Supreme Court, proponents of “court packing” should explain why they want to do so and what kind of justices they would appoint.

Odds are, they would favor activist judges who don’t understand the proper, limited role the judiciary is supposed to play in our government. That would end up compounding the problem of an activist Supreme Court that inserts itself into matters that should be handled at the ballet box and in Congress or statehouses across the country.

2. Granting Statehood to Washington, D.C.

The movement to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., is picking up steam with Democrats in Congress. The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1, a partisan laundry list of voting-related matters, which included a statement of support for D.C.’s statehood effort.

But there are good reasons why the District of Columbia should not be made into a state.

The Founders settled on placing our nation’s capital in a federal city that would not be unduly influenced by a state government. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 43, “dependence of the members of the general government, on the state comprehending the seat of government, for protection in the exercise of their duty, might bring on the national councils an imputation of awe or influence, equally dishonorable to the government and dissatisfactory to the other members of the confederacy.”

It is not as though residents of the District are actually without representation, despite what the license plates say. In a way, people living in D.C. have 535 representatives from both houses of Congress who live and work there for a large part of the year.

The District also enjoys benefits from its unique status. For example, federal funds account for 20 percent of the District’s budget, and Uncle Sam contributes more toward D.C. public school students than any other state. (As of 2018, the District spent roughly double the national average per student.)

Putting aside any policy arguments for or against statehood, the movement would face a much larger obstacle: the Constitution. It would take an amendment to the Constitution to alter the District’s status as a federal city.

While residents have been able to vote in presidential elections since the ratification of the 23rd Amendment in 1964, the states may not be as quick to ratify an amendment that would reduce their relative voting power in Congress. And voting power is what many proponents of statehood are after—adding more seats in the House and Senate that are a guarantee for one party.

Perhaps that’s why in a previous attempt to give the District representation in Congress, the proposal also would have added another seat in Utah—laying bare the nakedly partisan motivation.

3. Scrapping the Electoral College

In 2016, President Donald Trump won the White House with 304 electoral votes—77 votes more than Hillary Clinton. But Trump lost the popular vote by roughly 3 million ballots, prompting many liberal activists—and several of Trump’s would-be 2020 rivals—to call for the Electoral College to be scrapped in favor of a national popular vote scheme to elect presidents.

That will be better for democracy, the left says. What it means is, it will be better for Democrats.

Under the current system, each state is awarded a set of electors equal to the total number of congressmen and senators representing them in Congress.

When Americans go to the polls, they don’t cast a vote for the president directly; they are actually voting for a slate of electors pledged to vote for a particular candidate. In most states, whichever candidate secures the most votes is awarded all of that state’s electoral votes, and the first candidate to earn 270 votes wins.

The Electoral College can be a convoluted way to pick a president, but that’s by design. The Framers rightly feared the tendency of pure democracy to descend into mob rule and run roughshod over the rights of disfavored minorities, so they created a Constitution chock-full of anti-majoritarian safeguards. That includes an Electoral College that can—though seldom does—seat a president who loses the popular vote.

There is a method to that madness. The nation is a diverse place, and voters living in rural Indiana quite likely have a different set of issues and concerns than do voters living in downtown San Francisco. The Electoral College gives greater weight to the former group, encouraging campaigns to focus on assembling broad coalitions that span regions and interests.

The alternative—election by pure popular vote—flips the tables. If pure turnout is the end goal, candidates will inevitably focus their efforts on the biggest states—California, for example—and major urban centers like Chicago and New York City.

That might not immediately sound so different than the status quo, in which campaigns spend nearly all their time and money on a small handful of key swing states. But the list of swing states changes with time, and they are called “swing” states for a reason.

New York and California, meanwhile—to say nothing of most major urban centers—are solidly blue. It’s no wonder, then, that the left wants to give these voters more power to select the president.

Democrats enjoy substantial competitive advantages in these areas, but there is another plus for the far left: Without the need to appeal to voters in “flyover country” to win national elections, candidates could run ever more leftward to satisfy the demands of coastal elites.

4. Lowering the Voting Age

A few weeks ago, a majority of House Democrats voted to lower the federal voting age to 16 as part of an amendment to H.R. 1. The motion, thankfully, failed by a wide margin and enjoys scant popular support.

But the idea of enfranchising children still won the backing of many leading Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said it was important to “capture kids” early.

To hear Pelosi and others describe it, empowering 16-year-olds to vote is all about encouraging good habits of civic engagement, recognizing the intelligence of our youth, and giving them a voice. These kids are old enough to drive and work—shouldn’t they also be able to vote?

That all sounds high-minded and empowering, but something far more cynical and manipulative is going on. Liberals know that young people tend to vote Democratic. It’s with age and, dare we say, wisdom that people tend to turn to the right.

From the March for Our Lives to this month’s mass walkout to demand passage of the Green New Deal and other climate change measures, our children—at least, the loudest of them—clearly are not shy about their liberal inclinations.

Indeed, half of young Americans favor socialism, probably because schools have utterly failed to teach them about the costs of collectivist ideologies. And when socialism is all about a free lunch, free health care, and free college tuition, it doesn’t sound so bad.

Anyone—at least, anyone who doesn’t pine for a perpetual Democratic majority in Congress—should be able to see why giving high school teenagers the keys to the kingdom is not a bright idea. As a general rule, teens are impressionable, impulsive, and ill-informed about the real world.

That’s not meant as derision. It’s just biology: Teenagers’ brains are still developing and their hormones are surging. Many are bright and civic-minded, to be sure, and we’ve all met those rare teenagers possessed with maturity beyond their years. But they are the exception, not the rule.

On the whole, 16-year-olds know too little about the world—and often, virtually nothing about American history, government, or economics—to cast thoughtful and meaningful votes. If liberals truly care about raising the next generation to be engaged and informed, they should start by demanding civics education, not ballots, for America’s youth.

Standing alone, each of these four major proposals is a bad idea. Taken together, they have the potential to drastically alter the fabric of our society and government in ways incompatible with our Founders’ vision for our country.

The left is increasingly willing to cast aside any rule, any constitutional provision, and any political norm if it thinks doing so will lead to short-term partisan gains. That is a dangerous and short-sighted game to play.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Elizabeth Slattery

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Raffbrn

Democrats tend to be irrational and irresponsible! That’s it in a “NUT”shell !!!

Chris

They are bound and determined to force the next civil war/revolution. Whether they recognize it or not, their proposed actions would lead to that in time.

Rob

You forgot they are busy importing so many illegal aliens that we have to let so many stay and they will be given the right to vote democrat and erase the non-latino majority.

teresa d'alessandro

my g. parents and parents came to this country and worked hard to make America great. I intend on fighting to keep America great. the left are anti Americans and should not even be in this country. they can’t win unless they lie, cheat, change things or use fraud

Chuck

Anything to destroy the U.S. Constitution, shut up Conservatives permanently, and bring on Socialism. The Democratic Party platform to perpetuity. May they fail and fail miserably

TomB

“When you can’t win the game, change the rules.” … bet they make great poker players. No policy positions, no new ideas, no solutions. Only rules changes, higher taxes, handouts, and obstructionism. Oh, and throw in a few tablespoons of confusion. Green New Deal – all Senate Dems voting “Present” signifies indecisiveness.

Donald Fritz

Changing any one of the four would be bad for our country and to change more would be disastrous. Only a liberal would try to do this. We are not a socialist country. Some one has to pay for free things. Like our county isn’t deep enough in debt and our taxes are high enough. It is time to reduce the size of our government. IT IS TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!

Rick

The dimocraps have adopted the following saying as their golden rule; Win if can, lose if you must,
but always cheat you’ll feel better in the end.

Bob L.

This nation has faced several serious threats since it’s founding, but what we face today has to be the most serious in our history, making even the division and war of 1861-1865 pale in comparison and not to mention the foreign threats we have survived. What we are up against today is from both within as well from globalist influence.

Charles McChesney

All 4 rule changes are fun, but the best one is giving the vote to 16 year old idiots (well maybe not all are uneducated, ill-informed, and unconcerned). They are even banned from X rated movies, to say nothing of their major contribution to vehicle accidents and deaths, and gun use and misuse,,,,,,,,the rest is all down hill!!!!!!!

LauraC

The article’s comment about short sightedness is directly on the mark. The leftists overweening sense of their own importance overlooks the history of our country and the reasons these things were arranged the way they were by our collectively brilliant founding fathers. A bunch of power hungry idiots thinking they know better than the line of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous and pathetic. Insatiable and power hungry, their short sightedness can just as easily turn the tables against them as for them and they’re too stupid to see it.

dragthemedia

Let’s not forget “reparations.” @RealCandaceOwens Blexit movement must really be getting traction. Scared the Dem-unists so bad, they are now scrambling to buy back black voters with more “free money” lies.

Burton Pauly

We the people do not desire to do any of the crap that is mentioned above . No addition to our Supreme Court, No change to our voting age, And no statehood to DC.

David Campbell

1. At least it’s doable without changing the constitution. A really horrible idea in this politically polarized time, but constitutional. I would be more in favour of a constitutional amendment fixing the number of justices at nine, then this anti-democratic idea of packing the court would go away.
2. Yeah right, let’s give D.C. even more power.
3. Oh great, let’s undermine the constitution even more and get on with the mob rule and destroy the country faster. I would prefer we start moving back in the direction of the constitution and repeal the 17th amendment.
4. 16 year olds voting? Heck I think letting 18 year olds vote was a bad idea. Let’s go back to 21.

If you hate The United States of America, vote for democrats.

Silas Longshot

Whatever a democrat says, no matter how rosy and ‘for our democracy’, just take the totally opposite of that statement as the truth. They know their ‘base’ is eroding as blacks are wising up in the cities like Chicago, Detroit, etc where democrats have dominated for decades, and those cities are in ruins, their people in dire poverty and desperation, crime is rampant, murder rates are insane (because it’s near impossible for the average citizen to get a gun permit). So the blacks who look over the fence of the plantation can see what the rest of the nation lives like, and are leaving the plantation. Next, the only way democrats stay in power is through voter fraud, particularly in no ID states, which you may have noticed that were won by Hillary. The ONLY states she won were no ID states where fraud is massive. Say, about 6,000,000 ‘votes’… Read more »

Carol

This socialist dream of the left is nothing more than leftist tyranny! They want to satisfy their addiction to power and control and like children, can’t stand it when we the American people don’t kiss their back sides to have it!! You want to live in a prison, vote Democrat. You want freedom vote Republican. And pray that our country gets back on track cuz between the shenanigans of the left and the debt we are amassing, our country cannot stand like this forever!!!

SML

“These kids are old enough to drive” – true but, they now have graduated licenses that limit the times they can drive, the number of and type of passengers they can have etc. Those limitations are new.

What it really boils down to is, in effect, a coup attempt by the left!

Stephen Russell

& make PR 51st state?? with Dem style corruption for state & tourism ??
No to all the above.

Lona

So well written it left no room for argument!

Morbious

Tra la la. I went for a walk in beautiful sunshine. The birds were singing. Puppies were playing joyfully. All is well. As soon as possible i played a pat boone disc. I spoke with my neighbor, goodie two shoes and then we went for ice cream. No worries.