Who, me?

17 thoughts on “Who, me?”

  1. It really is time for the United States to review and update it’s constitution completely, you can’t keep relying on the wisdom of the 18th century. Time to seriously question and update all parts of the constitution no place for sentiment here, it needs to be done,

    1. But most of that 18th century wisdom has served us remarkably well. The Founding Fathers possessed thoughtfulness, maturity, foresight, and altruism that seem very rare today. Actually changing the Constitution requires amendments, an excruciatingly slow, complex process. Which is as it should be. Such changes should not be untaken lightly. The Constitution is questioned all the time — via cases brought before the Supreme Court. And for better or worse, the decisions in those cases become part of our law.

      1. Yes but if the Justices of the Supreme Court do not require any wisdom or education or merit in any shape or form then surely they are not the people to say what should be and what shouldn’t be, it has to be up to the will of the people. Doesn’t the Constitution/ or the Declaration of Independence whatever, I get a bit confused here, start “We the people”, not we the politically prejudiced members of the judiciary?

      2. I did a quick search and it appears that although it’s not required, all of our SC justices have been lawyers and about half have been judges. The rest have been intellectual and political leaders or academics and scholars who taught or wrote about the law. So those doing the appointing do take the responsibility seriously. The Constitution was written by and for the people; the people established the system we have. And the people elect those who nominate justices. (Admittedly in recent years our elected officials have been more interested in representing their partisan interests than their constituents, but that’s another story.)

      3. The U.S. Constitution is based on core principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the right to assemble. While the justices are empowered to interpret those principles they may not change them without the difficult process of amendment and permission of three quarters of the states’ legislatures. This is a bulwark against the tyranny of the majority and it works. Thus, the world’s most enduring representative democracy. I agree that SCOTUS justices have great power, but I can’t think of another system more stable. To whom should they answer? The ultimate control is that a rogue justice may be impeached and removed, and that again derives from the people’s representatives in the Congress.

    2. And just who would that intellectual wizard be who could possibly be a leader in this endeavor to update the United States Constitution? There are no Thomas Jefferson’s or Benjamin Franklin’s among us today. It is “We The People” and not we the government who needs to be protected from a group of leaders who would just as soon lead us all into a socialist type of government or even worse.!

... and that's my two cents