By David Kamioner | January 2, 2020
For decades in America, the Supreme Court of the U.S. has been at the nexus of legal and constitutional issues that affect not only the government but everyday Americans.
The way average citizens of this country lead our lives on a daily basis — the details of how we work, live, love, travel, raise our families and follow our faiths — are often decided by nine jurists whom we will likely never meet and will never directly vote into office.
Those chosen to sit on the nation’s highest court are so important that when he was a presidential candidate more than three years ago now, Donald Trump made his potential nominations to the judicial body a centerpiece of his campaign in 2016.
And that is why the Left and the Dems have fought him so hard on them.
School desegregation, contraception, abortion, gun rights, immigration, health care, and presidential power are just a few of the questions the high court has been asked to rule upon in the past. This New Year of 2020 looks to be no different.
On the SCOTUS docket for 2020 are cases involving abortion, immigration, LGBTQ issues, gun rights, access to Trump’s tax returns, gerrymandering, religious liberty, and congressional subpoenas for Trump aides — not to mention the role as judge that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (shown at the top of this article) may play in any Senate trial of President Trump.
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For court critics, the justices have no business ruling on many of these issues — as it makes them unelected legislators, not merely interpreters of the constitutionality of law and government action.
Even Roberts himself said during remarks in New York in September, as other outlets reported, “I’ve been elected by nobody.”
Once thought to be a solid conservative, Roberts has been looked upon as a swing vote of late, voting with liberal colleagues on several issues such as Obamacare.
Court defenders point to the abrogation of responsibility by Congress, claiming it has punted these issues to the high court to escape the political consequences of votes on highly partisan issues.
One thing is certain: Supreme Court decisions will affect our lives and the life of this nation in 2020 and very likely well beyond.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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