America’s Supreme Court Has Failed

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Few Americans would look at the massive sums of money thrown at last year’s elections by wealthy individuals and say it was merely an expression of free speech. Unfortunately, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court see things differently, and the American people paid the price. Some of our best elected officials paid that price, too, at the hands of deep pocketed political enemies, while self-serving politicians rode the wave of money to victory. This was not the way our system was intended to work. The Supreme Court has failed us.

Special interests dominated the 2012 election at all levels of government. Wisconsin’s recall election saw tens of millions of dollars in outside money flood the state, and many other officeholders began seeing attack ads run against them before their reelection campaigns even got off the ground.

This is not the way our elections are supposed to work. We are supposed to have substantive debates. The candidates with the best policy proposals should come out on top more often than not. The Supreme Court undercut the ability of Americans to have this kind of electoral process when it ruled on Citizens United.

The unlimited, anonymous spending that ensued in 2012 completely drowned out any idea of good policies or finding the best person for the job. Voters were left apathetic from the vitriol that played across their TV screens nightly. The whole campaign process left little hope of making any real progress on fixing this country’s problems.

The only way to remove a Supreme Court justice is impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors. This leaves us stuck with justices until they die or choose to resign, which is a rare occurrence. This arrangement is supposed to ensure that the Supreme Court is above partisan politics, but perhaps it is time to rethink the lifetime appointment of justices who can so greatly affect the way our society functions. At least there is some accountability with partisan politics. Once a justice is on the bench, we have no recourse no matter how poorly they serve the country.

It is time for a Constitutional Amendment to create term limits for Supreme Court Justices. Let your congressional representative know how you feel about this issue. Send this article to ten of your friends and ask them to do the same!

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