There are a lot of people looking toward the Supreme Court this week. The Supremes are reviewing the Affordable Health Care Act, aka-Obamacare. There’s a lot on the line and both sides would probably admit the outcome isn’t a slam dunk.
I love the Supreme Court. Seriously.
No, I don’t want to date Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Sonia Sotomayor. It’s not that kind of love. I love the Supreme Court for how it operates and the (mainly) wise jurists who sit on its bench.
I’m not sure most people understand, this court operates differently from all others. Cases aren’t tried in the conventional sense. By the time the Supreme Court weighs in that’s been done. Instead oral arguments are presented and the justices question the attorneys representing the parties.
The Supreme Court doesn’t decide guilt or innocence as such, but looks at the constitutionality of the underlying laws. There are a few other jurisdictions for the court, but constitutionality is the meat of the job.
There are no cameras in the court. That’s a damn shame. I’ve listened to audio recordings. Very impressive. I’d still like to see body language and physical nuance.
I knew next to nothing about the court until I watched Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia have a discussion a few years ago.
Justices Antonin Scalia & Stephen Breyer spoke at the University of Arizona Law School in Tucson and justices traded their views on the interpretation of the Constitution in a changing society, covering topics such as the right to privacy, cruel and unusual punishment, and segregation in schools.
It was tough not to feel proud to be an American and proud of our system. No matter how much I disagree with Scalia his brilliance and the brilliance of Justice Breyer cut through. Breathtaking.
In recent years there has been more-and-more talk of the court becoming politicized. It’s tough to look back at Bush v Gore (and the potential result on this case) and not agree. Yet I am willing to depend on this court to do right by us.
I am not confident this decision will go the way I want. My love for the court will survive.