The Constitution of the United States created three branches of government with the intention to bring about separation of power or checks and balances. The Executive branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws. Congress is power by our constitution to make the laws. The Supreme Court of the United States is one of the three branches of the United States government constitutionally created known as the Judiciary Branch. The purpose of this court is to interpret our federal constitutional law. The court comprises the Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices nominated by our Presidents with Senate confirmation. The appointment of the members of the Supreme Court is life term tenure unless the members retire, resign or are impeached. The composition of the members of the Supreme Court includes conservatives, moderates and liberals as we know to be. As a result, my assumption of the members’ interpretation of the law may be based on their philosophies, ideologies and political affiliations. What is unique about this institution as compare to Congress whose decision makings are being televised, members of the Supreme Court make their decisions with their one vote in secrecy. Having no idea of what is going on behind closed doors in the supreme courts makes their decisions look to us as impartial.
As we are about to read Law and Political Order in which we are looking at the Supreme Court, my question to all is “Are members of our Supreme Court sincerely committed to carrying out their functions as stipulated in our constitution? Other questions each of us should be asking ourselves include: Under whose regime are the members of Supreme Court appointed? What is/are their philosophies, ideologies in interpreting the law? What is their commitment to members of Congress specially members of the Senate? What is the Supreme Courts demography? I believe we may be answering these questions along the way and may be making our individual analysis, and decisions based on our findings. This will help us as we try to pursue the communities, individuals, groups, institutions and organizations that are affected by the decision of the members of the Supreme Court. As I read the Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis, and did my assignment on court observation at the District Courts in Arizona, I began to shape my mind on what actually happens in our judiciary system with regards to social justice. With United States preaching DEMOCRACY all over the world, my question is, “Is the United States supposed to set better example in terms of protecting the Rights of Its People?” Our contributions as students in bring about judiciary changes in our social settings will create a positive impact in the history of our beloved United States of America.
Thanks to All.