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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 03:22 AM
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25. He saved Social Security by the "packing the court" pressure he put on them.
It didn't "blow up in his face." He simply lost the political fight to expand the number of justices (couldn't get it through Congress--the Puke media went nuts, and called him a "dictator."). The court (full of dinosaurs from the Coolidge and Hoover regimes--the ones who brought on the Great Depression) kept declaring FDR's desperately needed economic and social programs "unconstitutional." So he threatened them with expanding the number of justices, to add younger, more liberal justices. Though he lost the vote in Congress, the pressure caused one justice to change his mind about the "New Deal." Thus, Social Security was saved! We wouldn't have it today if FDR hadn't tried to "pack the court" (as the rightwing press termed it). (It's actually a perfectly legal thing for Congress to do. The Constitution does not specify the number of justices. Nine is an arbitrary number. Congress can increase it.)

We are now at a very similar pass. The fascist Bush Junta has stacked the court with fascist justices. They will be a huge obstacle to badly needed reform (especially with regard to corporate power), to economic recovery and social justice programs--or other enlightened policy--on the part of a Democratic government. They will protect "organized money" (as FDR put it*). They will need to be pressured, and can be threatened in a number of ways, but "packing the court" is the easiest (doesn't require a Constitutional amendment, and doesn't take the time that investigation, prosecution and impeachment would take).

Political proposals may not succeed, the first time around--or ever. But they DO have impacts, even if unsuccessful. (A good example is the Equal Rights Amendment--it never got passed, but the pressure of it has resulted in REALLY significant improvement in women's equality.) Just floating an idea, like "packing the court," can produce change. But with this court, it will probably take more than that. They are nasty lot.

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