The Supreme Court Should Be Above Politics And Focused On The Law

1098 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
The Supreme Court should be above politics and focused on the law. When the Framers wrote the Constitution, they wanted to keep the judicial branch the one arm of government less influenced by politics to balance out the other two branches. Supreme Court justices have lifetime tenure and are selected via a political appointment process with the President’s nomination and Congressional vetting and approval. Since justices have lifetime tenure, and make decisions that deeply influence Americans’ lives, citizens should have a say in whom they want on the court upholding their rights. An amendment that makes the selection of justices should be considered: The President nominates five qualified candidates to fill the spot on the bench, Congress approves the nominations, and the citizens vote on which candidate they want to preserve and protect their laws and values on the court. Supreme Court justices set the direction of the Court and the ideals that guide it for multiple generations. The current process of appointing new judges is problematic because it takes away from the main purpose of the Supreme Court: interpreting legal decisions, without the influence of outside political biases and matters. The task of appointing a new Supreme Court justice was a hot topic of the 2016 presidential election. After Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, the Supreme Court was split between four conservative justices and four liberal justices. President Obama nominated a candidate to fill his…

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