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COLUMN: The Supreme Court should be abolished



The Supreme Court is a disgrace to democracy and the common American citizen and therefore it should be abolished.

The definition of a democracy is a government ruled by the people, which is something the United States has never been, as much as its political rhetoric might convince one otherwise. Laws are made by elected representatives, but when it comes to interpreting these laws, the responsibility falls on an unelected establishment.

The Supreme Court is the greatest example of an aristocracy and the traditional white American establishment. The fact of the matter is it is nowhere near representative of the U.S. population visually, demographically or socioeconomically.

The current justices of the Supreme Court consist of five men and three women, only two of them being people of color. All of them have Ivy League educations. The average justice is worth between $2 million and $20 million dollars. These are wealthy lawyers at the height of privilege who are appointed for life.

There is an empty seat, but the current pick is another white man and an accused sexual assailant at that.

Supreme Court justices are not fighting for the American people.

Of course progress has been made due to Supreme Court cases, but, at best, the famous progressive decisions are signs of giving into political pressure at the last possible second, when it is safe.

In cases like Obergefell v. Hodges and Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court was simply legally validating widely accepted social norms and concepts of human rights. 

Brown v. Board of Education decided in 1954 that racial segregation of public schools is unconstitutional. Not only was this long overdue, but in 1955, they let all future cases of school desegregation fall to the public courts, essentially allowing local governments to evade desegregating their schools. 

Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas infamously called on the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine black students in Little Rock from entering a school.

If a case that allowed the National Guard to forcibly keep black children out of schools is currently lauded as one of the Supreme Court’s more progressive decisions, then their record in upholding human rights is abysmal.

In the 1927 case Buck v. Bell, the court even upheld eugenics by deciding that the state of Virginia had the right to sterilize an 18-year-old girl with a mental handicap.

Even liberals fall victim to worshiping the white establishment justices of the past like Antonin Scalia, who is praised by many on both sides for his eloquence and philosophical mind.

Of course, he used this famous eloquence to compare homosexuality to murder, state that black students would do better in “slower-track schools” and that the constitution does not protect from discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.

Supreme Court justices are not fighting for us. They are appointed political pawns in order for the current president to uphold a government party majority. They serve for life, and their antiquated views dictate the lives of millions of innocent people.

It is time to put this establishment behind us. The U.S. Constitution was written for a nation of white, wealthy males, and we are not a nation of white, wealthy males. We are a nation of youth. We are a nation of powerful women, people of color, people of all different sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds. We cannot let the wealthy aristocracy dictate our laws anymore.

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