by Jorge Gomez • 8 min read
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech during a recent trip to South America, stating that “undermining the independence of the courts” and “packing courts” were among “the ways that democracies can come undone.”
Directing what appeared to be a warning about manipulating the judiciary for political gain, Blinken added: “That’s the story of more than one democracy in our hemisphere.”
Blinken isn’t wrong. Venezuela and Argentina offer sobering lessons of how court-packing undermined democracy and destroyed the liberties of millions.
But apparently, he needs to give the same lecture to his fellow Democrats in Washington D.C.