Biden Made His Position on Court-Packing Very Clear Back in 1983 – Why Is He Quiet Now?

Biden Made His Position on Court-Packing Very Clear Back in 1983 – Why Is He Quiet Now?

Joe Biden continues to dodge questions on whether he agrees with the idea of court-packing. He refused to answer during the first presidential debate two weeks ago, announced he would not tell voters his position until after the election, and even stated that voters don’t deserve to know if he would pack the court.

But in 1983, then-Senator Biden called court-packing a “bonehead idea.”

Townhall reports that when President Reagan moved to replace three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Biden argued that Reagan had the right to do so, but doing so would threaten the commission’s credibility. Biden went so far as to compare it to FDR’s 1937 attempt to pack the Supreme Court.

Biden said at the time:

“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically, absolutely correct. But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, if for an entire decade, the independence of the most-significant body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

In 2005, Biden called court-packing a “power grab.”

So, what’s changed?

The Democrat Party is what has changed.

The Left has, even from the days of Woodrow Wilson a century ago, been doing what it can to essentially turn the courts into Leftist super-legislatures, to cram down policies on Americans that they never would have voted for. Packing the Supreme Court would give Americans no where else to turn. 

At this point in the state of the Democrat Party and the Left in general, Biden possibly feels he will alienate voters if he expresses his stance on this issue. This is utterly frightening as it continues to highlight the Left’s need for power and the lengths to which it will go to achieve it.

We must make sure President Trump is reelected next month.

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