Friday, June 29, 2012

National Review: supreme court "pretended" mandate was constitutional

 Yes, but there are nine judges on the court, and it's very rare that decisions are 9-0.  They're typically 5-4 or 6-3, and there are currently five judges that Americans consider to be conservative, four that we call liberal (Europeans would probably call them "not quite as rabidly right-wing") and most of the partisan kinds of decisions follow the couple of people in the middle.    (And the Republican Party has been very aggressive about trying to appoint conservative judges when they're in power, preferably young ones because the Supreme Court members serve for life.  The current chief judge is a recent Bush appointee, and while he's not a right-winger, he strongly believes that the President and Executive Branch should almost always be allowed to do anything they want.) 
And just because their opinions are Official, that doesn't mean they're always correct, or even vaguely close to correct.  (Also, they usually try to decide whether an issue is constitutionally permissible, as opposed to whether it's a good idea or not, which they view as Congress's job.)  Traditionally the right wing in the US complains bitterly if the courts do anything that increases individual civil liberties, and applaud loudly if it upholds the power of Republican presidents. 

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