The Importance Of The Supreme Court

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Article III, Section I of the Constitution states, “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court.” This excerpt from the Constitution proves the overwhelming authority and control that has been vested by the Constitution to the Supreme Court. Justices appointed to the Supreme Court, “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour,” or in other words, for life. To have a group of individuals hold such power for the duration of their lives is unprecedented. Supreme Court justices should not be able to uphold duties for lifelong tenures since it will lead to despotic, mentally unable leaders operating under personal political agendas who cannot be removed unless convicted of a high crime as prescribed in the …show more content…
Lifelong tenure will cause justices to become “independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven.” Justices need to represent the people, and any absolute power for a lifelong tenure will evolve into a group of oppressive justices. Americans seek to deviate from oppressors, and to deviate from lifelong tenure of Supreme Court justices provides the safest route while safeguarding individual …show more content…
As an evolutionary society, it is only safe to assume medicinal technology will at some point be more advanced, providing Americans with the ability to live longer and healthier lives. Nevertheless, Supreme Court justices will certainly live longer and serve longer terms. With this advantage, and lifelong tenure, any justice could strategize and hold their office until any given executive will appoint another justice with similar political views. Even though the purpose of lifelong tenure is to make the judicial branch independent of partisanship, Locke provides an interesting view on the nature of man. “If you think absolute power purifies men’s blood and corrects the baseness of human nature, read history—of this or any other age—and you’ll be convinced of the contrary.” Supreme Court Justices hold absolute power as long as they hold office for life, and sooner or later they will use it as an advantage just like Locke brilliantly explains. Justices will manipulate the appointments of their successors, thus altering the course of history to the justices’

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