The Black Political Review

Here Come The Judge

 

Many who read this article will probably know little to nothing about the Sammy Davis Jr. comedic skit on Laugh-In (NBC ’68 – ’73) “Here Come the Judge.” While most Americans have been entertained by the Obama v. McCain campaign, they have failed to focus on the upcoming presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court has tremendous influence on current legislation and these appointments elevate this presidential election to the most important in a generation.

  

This extremely critical topic has taken a back seat to the “War in Iraq”, the Economy, Health Care, the passing of the FISA bill, Campaign Reform and Public Financing, as well as the latest Surrogate attack on the opposing party. This is not to say that these topics are not valid points of discussion. This is to say the upcoming appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court have the potential to continue to move the U.S. toward a country of equality for all or turn back the hands of time by overturning legislation put in place within the last four (4) decades.

 

The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the acronym SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the United States, and leads the federal judiciary. It consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight Associate Justices, who are all nominated by the President and confirmed with the “advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate.

 

Justices serve “during good Behaviour,” which terminates at death, resignation, retirement, or conviction on impeachment. All that to say that the overall term for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice is for Life. This leaves little to no opportunity for the changes in Presidential administrations to impact the Courts make-up. Over the last couple decades, the most nominations by a single President during their term in office has been two (2). This means the decisions the Court makes will not only impact our lives but have the potential to impact the next 3 to 4 generations.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justices:

Name

Age

Nominating President

Nomination Year

Chief Justice John Roberts

53

George W. Bush

2005

Samuel Alito Jr.

58

George W. Bush

2006

Stephen Breyer

69

Bill Clinton

1994

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

75

Bill Clinton

1993

Clarance Thomas

60

George H.W. Bush

1991

David H. Souter

69

George H.W. Bush

1990

Anthony Kennedy

72

Ronald Reagan

1988

Antonin Scalia

72

Ronald Reagan

1986

John Paul Stevens

88

Gerald Ford

1975

 

During the term of the next President there is the potential to Appoint up to four (4) Supreme Court Justices with the potential retirement of Justices Stevens (88), Ginsburg (75), and Souter (68). This may not seem significant until you consider the fact that these nominations have the potential to impact 33% of the current Court make-up and ideologies.

 

This becomes even more significant when you consider that on issues such as Gun Control, the Death Penalty, the Right of Detainees, there is a 5 to 4 split decision regarding each of these cases. The nomination of just one Supreme Court Justice could change the standings of these decisions by itself let alone four (4).

 

For an Obama administration, these nominations would serve to solidify the “Progressive” ideology base that is impacted by the retirements of the aforementioned Liberal (Anit Death Penalty, Pro Affirmative Action, Pro Gun Control, Pro Choice, etc.) Justices. These appointments also provide, as Senator Obama states, “the opportunity to continue the perfecting of our Union.”

 

A perfecting that emphasizes individual rights and equality and considers individual liberty to be the most important political goal. (A.K.A. The Age of Enlightenment, which is united by the principles of extensive freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, the free exchange of ideas, a market or mixed economy, and a transparent system of government.) For a McCain administration, where John McCain has come out publicly against abortion as well as other Liberal issues and has pledged to nominate Conservative (Pro Death Penalty, Pro Life, Anti Affirmative Action, etc.) Justices.

 

This would provide the Conservative base an opportunity to not only change legislation from the past 25 years, e.g. the Pro-life decision of Roe vs. Wade (circa 1973), but institutionalize these type of changes for generations to come. In this case, timing is everything and the need to support the right candidate is clear. With the average age of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices being Sixty-eight (68), we can consider Senator Obama to be the right candidate and this the right time.

 

For those of you who have never seen the “Laugh-in” skit view here: 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments on: "Here Come The Judge" (3)

  1. what gets me is how they have to recuse themselves from corporate cases because they got loot invested

  2. Clearly, the Klanservatives will continue to march us right to Jim Crow if the embalmed zombie is allowed to assume the Presidency, not to mention the continued shredding of the Constitution. We have to do what we can to make sure that McCavein isn’t allowed to codify the Fascist police state that the moronic monkey has worked tirelessly to set up. That kind of “freedom,” nobody needs.

  3. With this being posted before the election, I commend the author on pointing this out. Keep it up! We still have a RE-election to work on. Peace!

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