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New York Post colum­nist John Pod­horetz points out that in re­cent days, high-pro­file Democrats have pro­posed in­creas­ing the size of the Supreme Court, low­er­ing the fed­eral vot­ing age to 16 and abol­ish­ing the Elec­toral Col­lege.

“Wel­come to the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of 2020,” writes Mr. Pod­horetz, who pre­dicts that at least five min­utes of ev­ery pres­i­den­tial de­bate will be taken up by such “fan­tasy.” Why all the fuss, and why now? “The most ob­vi­ous an­swer is that Democrats want to change the rules be­cause they think the rules aren’t work­ing for them. They want the pop­u­lar vote in­stead of the Elec­toral Col­lege be­cause they’ve won the pop­u­lar vote four times out of the past five elec­tions. They want to pack the court be­cause the court is go­ing con­ser­va­tive. And they want the vot­ing age low­ered to 16 be­cause they want to stuff the bal­lot box,” Mr. Pod­horetz writes. a hover­craft in state-owned rivers all the way to the Supreme Court. He won.

In 2007, Na­tional Park Ser­vice rangers or­dered John Stur­geon off the Na­tion River, which runs through the Yukon-Charley Rivers Na­tional Pre­serve in north­east Alaska, in­form­ing the hunter that it was il­le­gal to op­er­ate the am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle on such wa­ters.

Mr. Stur­geon sued the fed­eral agency, then waited years for the fi­nal out­come. It has ar­rived.

“U.S. Supreme Court jus­tices ruled unan­i­mously that the Na­tion River doesn’t qual­ify as ‘pub­lic land’ for the pur­poses of the Alaska Na­tional In­ter­est Lands Con­ser­va­tion Act. The sweep­ing 1980 law cre­ated 10 new na­tional park units fol­low­ing nat­u­ral bound­aries rather than fed­er­ally owned lands, adding more than 18 mil­lion acres of state, Na­tive and pri­vate land. Nor does the park ser­vice have author­ity to reg­u­late Stur­geon’s ac­tiv­i­ties on the part of the river that falls within the pre­serve,” ex­plained the As­so­ci­ated Press, which an­a­lyzed the court’s 46-page de­ci­sion.

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