To the Editor:
RE: "Karl Rove’s Supreme Court" by Randy Shaw (BeyondChron, June 26‚ 2012), as I write this on the eve of the Court's release of its decision regarding President Obama's historic health care legislation passed by Congress, I am concerned that the Court will declare the President's legislation as "unconstitutional." One possibility, among several likely ones, is that the Court might deem parts of of the President's health care legislation "unconstitutional."
This is a very political Court, in the sense that its rulings the past several years and recently have been influenced and driven by the politics of the previous presidential administration and the politicians in the Republican Party which dominates Congress, especially the House of Representatives. This is also the same Court which ruled in favor of George W. Bush in the 2000 election in "Bush vs. Gore."
While the Court does have some liberals on the bench, and two women Justices were nominated by President Obama, its current makeup is heavily politically stacked to favor the Republicans' political agendas as well as to disfavor the President's re-election goal.
Chief Justice John Roberts was nominated by a Republican. Justice Clarence Thomas, reportedly usually mum during presentations of oral arguments of cases heard before the Court, has displayed that his votes and stance have been pro Republicans' agendas. Other Justices' votes and perspectives have similarly leaned in the same direction.
I am afraid that the Court, in its current makeup, seems to lack the more objective deliberations and decisions that we have witnessed coming from previous Courts. The Court's decision regarding President Obama's historic health care legislation will play a significant factor in the presidential campaign, which has been heating up dramatically in its rhetoric in recent days and weeks - - offering a brief glimpse of the probable negative and nasty politics we can expect to see ahead between now and the November election.
This would be a state of affairs that our nation and people and our democracy neither need nor flourish under.
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