It’s time to constrain Supreme Court

DEAR EDITOR:

The Supreme Court is the only nonpolitical entity in Washington.

This a ridiculous statement and everyone knows it. Still Washington politicians want people to believe it. Yes, some may have thought for years, maybe hoped, it were true, but how stupid do they think people are for them to continue to promote this facetious idea for so long? Considering the amount of time and money politicians spend trying to get ‘their man’ on the bench, we now realize this may the most political entity in D.C.

Supreme Court rulings are the final word in the legal system of this country and only the Supreme Court can change any previous decision. This final authority on all rulings has caused the power of the Supreme Court to gradually increase over its 200-plus years of existence until it has reached an almost dangerous level. Recently, the court decided in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations have First Amendment rights, just the same as people. It’s hard to tell what this sophist group will decide next — with advanced artificial intelligence, they are capable of giving voting rights to robots. It’s about time that some restrictions get placed on them.

If Court members knew their decisions didn’t have to be the final word — that they could be overruled — there may well be some different outcomes.

A 2/3 vote of congress and the president should overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision. An overturned decision means that an issue is returned to the states or remains the same as it was decided in the lower courts.

Citizens United is hardly the only controversial decision to come out of the court recently. Another such ruling, Epic Systems v. Lewis, allows corporations to mandate singular employee arbitration rather than filing class action suits, thus limiting the power of employee labor negotiations — a highly unpopular decision.

Of course, any Supreme Court reversal means high involvement of the Congress. Wouldn’t we rather congress have the final word on important decisions than five out of nine unelected lawyers?

Many people, including politicians, think the high court has gotten it wrong and has overstepped its authority, but we haven’t heard politicians do anything but complain.

Maybe it’s time for us to get involved.

DAVE BEADLING

Warren

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