El Salvador - A Primer on Court-Packing Democrats

5/10/21
from The Wall Street Journal,
5/9/21:

Does the White House have the credibility to stop President Nayib Bukele’s power grab?

If Democrats pack the U.S. Supreme Court, they will do irreparable damage to the institution. But the harm wouldn’t end there. President Biden’s commission to study the idea is already undermining U.S. moral authority on the rule of law and the separation of powers in Latin America. Exhibit A is El Salvador...

Rep. James McGovern (D., Mass.), who never met a left-wing Latin dictator he didn’t love, expressed his outrage on Twitter : “Let us be clear: this is not democracy, this is the destruction of an independent judiciary and the rule of law.” President Nayib Bukele was unperturbed. He responded to the congressman by posting a puzzled, chin-stroking emoji above a news story about Mr. Biden’s new commission. The not-so-subtle message: Why not do what the U.S. does...

In a speech at Harvard Law School last month, Justice Stephen Breyer warned against court packing: “If the public sees judges as ‘politicians in robes,’ its confidence in the courts, and in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the court’s power, including its power to act as a ‘check’ on the other branches.

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