Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years

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  1. Pistol Pap

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    America would get behind term limits for congress
     
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  2. Intolerant

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    Be careful for what you wish for. If we have a good justice, it could get replaced with one we dont like. The way it is right now, they CAN get rid of any one of them if they really wanted to. They just dont want to. But Trump could make it happen in his second term if carefully done.
     

  3. DonD

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    Ok, then be consistent and have term limits for both houses of Congress, 6 yrs for Representatives and 12 yrs for Senators, no more disgraces like 51 yrs for Richard Byrd a former KKK big wig, 40+ for Fat Teddy Kennedy, Daniel Inouye (spelling?), 30+ for the obnoxious Nancy Pelosi and Yuckie Chuck Schumer. Won't happen. Don
     
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  4. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    If they ever pack the Supreme Court with radical leftist, they can claim the Constitution says whatever they want, and the court will back them on those claims.

    i.e. As long as you can own a Red Ryder, your right to own guns is not infringed.
     
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  5. KindOfBlue

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    Thank you, I was actually wondering about that.

    In light of that this bill seems like a waste of time and taxpayer money.

    I vote "naye" and yield to the gentleman from Kentucky who resembles a turtle
     
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  6. bdcochran

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    Article III states that these judges “hold their office during good behavior,” which means they have a lifetime appointment, except under very limited circumstances - like being impeached and removed from office.
     
  7. railfancwb

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    They may be blowing smoke. Doesn’t the Constitution say lifetime?

    But if this is a reasonable thing, maybe term limits should apply to all federal judges.
     
  8. nutsnax

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    This would have to be done in the same bill as term limits for politicians for me to even think about it.
     
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  9. thewitt

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    No Supreme Court Justice has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

    I suspect even this crop of Democrats is not willing to try to impeach a Justice without a super-majority already in the Senate.
     
  10. nerr

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    I don't like messing with the Constitution. But I think term limits on all of them is sure tempting.
     
  11. JohnnyE

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    All these years the right never proposed increasing the size of the Supreme Court in order to achieve a conservative majority. Power shifts from time-to-time, and when you're on the outs, you just have to sit back and accept it until the tide turns again.
     
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  12. mmcbeat

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    America is behind term limits for congress, thing is congress is not.
     
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    If that were to pass it would surely end up in the federal courts. Wonder how that would go?
     
  14. thewitt

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    The law allows Congress to set the size of the court, however the Constitution sets the criteria for the limitation of the term. Congress has nothing to say about it. It would require a Constitutional Amendment.
     
  15. MinervaDoe

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    So, basically they want to get rid of Clarence Thomas so they can replace him with a liberal revisionist judge who is willing to rewrite the constitution. I wish these people would take a long walk on a short pier.
     
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  16. Quijibo

    Quijibo King Doofus.

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    Oh, they'd love that. Then 18 years from now, if they have a dem majority, they could have an all liberal court. That's assuming they don't destroy the country before then.
     
  17. CAcop

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    Sounds like a great idea. Term limits for congress.
     
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    I wonder if the Dem's proposing the bill realize that legal challenges to its constitutionality (if ever passed and signed) might put it before the supreme court?
    :headscratch:
     
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    Some of the guys were talking about this over cigars ... except they decided to improve upon the idea by extending such a limitation to serving any political office, meaning once you've reached your limits in any elected office you couldn't run for any other office. No more "political careers". When you finished your allotted "service to the People" in one elected office of your choice, you had to go back to having a real job for the rest of your life, and couldn't just flit from one political position to another.
    :animlol:

    Hey it makes as much, or more, sense than some of the weird stuff that comes out of quite a number of state and fed legislators, right. :p
     
  20. Rabid Rabbit

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    Only if the limit also applies to congress.