By Kevin “Coach” Collins
In 1937 Franklin Roosevelt asked his Democrat controlled Congress to help him shred the constitution. He wanted to change the nine member status quo of the Supreme Court and pack the Court with six additional sycophantic judges who would rule in his favor and save his New Deal. Congress turned him down because it recognized the plan would rip the cover off their all-out socialist plans and feared the electoral beating it would lead to in 1938. The beating came anyway but historians say it would have been worse had the Congress not stopped Roosevelt.
Will today’s Democrats choose self-preservation, as their ancestors did when they stopped Roosevelt’s manifestly unconstitutional plans; or will they stand behind Barack Obama and his unconstitutional power grabs?
After losing a unanimous decision in a challenge to the constitutionality of his National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) in 1935 (Schechter Poultry vs. United States), Roosevelt was furious and determined to put the Court under his thumb.
The NIRA was the centerpiece of his Administration, so he could see what the decision meant to his plans for America. He immediately searched to find a way to circumvent the Supreme Court and its “pesky” insistence upon following the Constitution. A plan to pack the Court with six new members became his weapon of choice.
Roosevelt asked his Congress to pass the benign sounding Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 which would allow an additional new Justice on the Court for each sitting Justice over 70 years and six months of age.
In spite of having won an Electoral College vote by the staggering margin of 523 to 8 in his 1936 reelection, Roosevelt overestimated his mandate. He could not force the overwhelmingly Democrat Congress to pass it. They were afraid of the ballot box consequences if they did.
They had good reason to be worried.
The election of 1938 saw the Democrats lose 78 House and six Senate seats.
This year the Democrats are facing another very serious beating at the polls and their president does not care about the Constitution either. Since the first rule for any politician of either party is self-preservation, let’s see if Congressional Democrats have the stomach to back him up.
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