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Supreme Court Ideology

The idea of a “living and breathing” Constitution that leaves diverse interpretation possible is completely contradictory to what the goal of the founding fathers was

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The Supreme Court has two weeks to issue rulings on 24 cases, including decisions that will affect the census citizenship question. These rulings will be indicative of how the conservative majority will rule in the future. Last years appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, which created this conservative majority, has been extremely controversial as the Democrats wanted to prevent their loss of power in the court.

The biggest problem I personally have with all the Supreme Court decisions is that they are split along ideological lines which means they are not going to truly reflect what the constitution and founding fathers would want. The judges should not be ideologues when exercising judicial review, they should be computer-like decision makers that determine if the case is Constitutional or not.

As decided in Marbury v. Madison, the Constitution is paramount. The case explains how power granted to the government by the Constitution “are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken or forgotten, the Constitution is written.”

Ideology should be irrelevant when making these decisions. The idea of a “living and breathing” Constitution that leaves diverse interpretation possible is completely contradictory to what the goal of the founding fathers was.