Congressman Mike Johnson talks about the recent Supreme Court decision shooting down a state of Texas request that the court take a closer look at the recent Presidential election.
Johnson expressed grave concerns about the SCOTUS decision, not only for the 2020 election but for future elections, via social media over the weekend.
"While there remain some important election cases pending in the lower courts, all legal remedies are not yet exhausted. Still, I've been asked many times since last night about the implications of the SCOTUS decision.
In the years ahead, volumes will be written about the unprecedented 2020 election--and the Pandora's Box it has now opened.
Consider this among the most immediate consequences: The Members of Congress brief asked the Court to simply affirm the plain meaning of the Constitution's Electors Clause (Art. II, Sec. 2, cl. 1), not just for this current election cycle, but for all presidential elections in the future.
Although that clause specifically says that ONLY the state LEGISLATURES that can set the rules for choosing electors in each state, the Court's silence suggests it is suddenly okay now--after more than two centuries--to play fast and loose with the rules whenever that becomes necessary to win an election.
From here forward, individual governors, secretaries of state, or other officials, state judges and/or other private parties can apparently now unilaterally change the rules at will for any reason. The Framers' careful safeguard of ensuring that only a full body of the duly-elected representatives of the people in each state can make these critical decisions is now effectively invalidated.
So much for the rule of law. The chaos will continue now.
This should concern every American--no matter what party you're in.
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