(RepublicanDaily.org) – The system of checks and balances that our Founding Fathers enshrined in the US Constitution established the judiciary as a way to balance the power of elected politicians. While Democrats and Republicans in Congress and the White House must always remain mindful of the next election, Supreme Court judges are under no such pressure. However, this distinction appears lost on Democratic voters.
Supreme Court Approval Ratings Plunge Among Democrats
On Wednesday, September 22, Marquette University published a new poll detailing voter sentiment in relation to the judicial branch of government. The study found that approval of the Supreme Court among Democrats has fallen sharply over recent months; 59% of Democratic voters approved of the way the Supreme Court was working in July, while only 37% feel that way now.
This marked drop follows a recent SCOTUS decision that allowed Texas to ban abortions after detecting a fetal heartbeat. The heartbeat usually occurs after around six weeks of pregnancy, a point at which critics say many women do not realize they’re pregnant. The new law is likely to reduce the number of legal abortions in Texas drastically.
Other Supreme Court decisions have drawn the ire of Liberals lately, too. These include a rejection of President Joe Biden’s attempt to extend a COVID-19 eviction moratorium and a refusal to allow Biden to roll back a Trump-era policy that requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while American courts consider their cases.
Justices Push Back
Unsurprisingly, the judges that sit on the Supreme Court bench have not taken this lightly. Several have publicly denounced the campaign against them.
Speaking to a crowd of over 100 people in Louisville, Kentucky, recently, Amy Coney Barrett rejected the idea that the Supreme Court lets political ideals influence its decision-making. She criticized commentators in the media and on Twitter, saying the court’s judges have often ruled in ways that did not align with their personal and political views.
Justice Stephen Breyer, who former President Bill Clinton appointed to the Supreme Court, recently appeared on CNN to make complaints of a similar nature. The liberal justice opposed the ruling on Texas’ new abortion law but remains insistent that the Supreme Court is not political “in the ordinary sense of politics.”
Breyer (83) recently had to reject calls for his retirement, not from Conservatives but fellow Liberals. Some on the Left feel he should step aside while Joe Biden is in the White House and Democrats control the Senate so that a younger liberal justice might take his place.
So, do Democrats have a point? Is the Supreme Court’s supposed conservative majority a cause for concern?
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