Court Jesters

David Garman

When you have life long appointments, as in the case with U.S. Supreme Court justices, how do you get rid of the bad apples? You have to wait for someone to kick the bucket, or resign, to stop the influence of subversive people. The makeup of this cabal reflects the political and moral attributes of those who appoint them. If we accept that we are governed by law, that we are not a dictatorship, these people are crucial to the survival of the nation. They sort of sit in Moses’ seat here, like Jethro’s division of dispensing justice, leaving the most important decisions to the highest authority in the land. There are nine of them to prevent indecisiveness, for one thing. Right or left, we see an image of exemplary integrity. Educated at the finest schools, great thinkers, meekness, stalwart, steadfast, even if we disagree with them, we are assured of the very best intentions “handed down” upon us.

Maybe not. The first attack in the overthrow of a nation is to compromise it’s moral fabric. If the court can be loaded with enough individuals intent on this result, enemies within can bring about analogous malignant tumors within our national governing documents. If our foundational documents as a people governed by law are damaged, the door is open to stray eventually into any type of debauchery. One disastrous decision gives birth to ten more. If this goes, why not that, it’s called precedent. The illusion of infallibility prevents them from admitting fault. Consequently, error is heaped upon error.

Like Pilate, when they have the opportunity to correct a decision made by an inferior court, they let that decision stand. From ubiquitous legalese flows, “we didn’t do it.” Yes, we’re only human, we make mistakes, we become agenda driven, we can be influenced in various ways. Just the same, if you damage the country, we should be able to dump you. Capable people should serve on the court under term limits, so should these life long senators and reps for that matter. The very apparatus meant to keep a justice from fear of losing his or her chair, has encrusted them to it. This is why a Supreme Court appointment is the most far reaching decision a president will make in office. There should be recourse, when consistently immoral or subversive judicial behavior is demonstrated.

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