President Obama will be faced with appointing someone to the Supreme Court now that Justice David Souter has announced his retirement. The question of who he will appoint remains open.
It’s possible that this person will have a liberal agenda that they wish to push on the American people through this position. Even liberals should recognize that this is dangerous, because it could cloud the objectiveness that is necessary when interpreting the Constitution. It is especially dangerous when considering that Supreme Court appointments are for life.
Think about it this way. You go to traffic court to fight a ticket you received, even though you weren’t speeding. The judge hearing your case recently had a family member who was killed by a speeding motorist. He doesn’t care really what your defense is, because he has no sympathy for speeders. It doesn’t matter to this judge that the Constitution requires due process and equal protection of the laws. This wouldn’t be fair to the defendant, nor would it be legal.
Now think about a Supreme Court justice who has an agenda, regardless of what that agenda might be, who uses their position to push their ideas on the American people. If they have as little regard for the Constitution as the judge from the traffic court we’ll instantly loose all protections under the Constitution, unless of course you were in agreement with the justice. Everyone will be equal, but some will just be a little more equal than others.
We have a great country because of the laws that provide us with security from the government. The checks and balances in place keep a group of men from running the government as they see fit, as opposed to how the law says it should be.
I know it seems like an extreme example, but think about if we had President Hitler. He decides to appoint anti-Semite justices to the Supreme Court, who have no problem with rounding up Jews and locking them away in camps. All the appeals in the world won’t fix the injustice as you’ll only be met by an anti-Semitic Supreme Court.
Now, I’m not suggesting that President Obama’s agenda is as extreme as Hitler’s – far from it in fact. I simply used an extreme example to drive the point home.
The bottom line is that the President can only damage this country for eight years. He can, however appoint justices who can continue to damage the country for decades to come. This is where it gets dangerous.