How ‘Court Packing’ Would Damage Both the Judicial and Legislative Branches

Supreme Court Justices by Richard Gillin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The concept of “court packing” has received a lot of attention recently, and rightly so.

That radical move—which Democrats rejected in the 1930s—would permanently damage the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. But it’s even worse than that. The steps necessary to achieve that goal would also permanently weaken the legislative branch. 

America’s Founders applied their genius in many ways. For example, they recognized that government is necessary but that, without limits, it would destroy our liberty.

Those limits include the people setting rules for government in a written Constitution, the separation of government power into three branches, and even the division of Congress into two different houses.

Supreme Court Justices by Richard Gillin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0