Time to Abolish the U.S. Supreme Court

It’s time for a constitutional amendment abolishing the U.S. Supreme Court. All this nonsense about five people saving, or in some truly ignorant instances, passing the Affordable Care Act, is absurd. I recommend abolishing the court while stripping the Senate of its legislative duties. Let the Senate meet for the sole purpose of ensuring the constitutionality of any and all statutes passed out of the lower chamber of rabble rousers before any and all laws are signed by the President.

Require that all people holding a senate seat be lawyers. They can use their committee system to review laws according to subject areas before passing them out to the full floor of the Senate. Keep the other federal district and appellate courts in place to address other federal issues, but with the ability to request a case be certified by the Senate for review, just like they do now.

Bottom line this would silence the noise people like Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have been making while giving the mass populace a doggy bone.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Time to Abolish the U.S. Supreme Court

  1. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    Alton: Let’s see–you’re suggesting that we let 50 elected officials who are lawyers decide the constitutionality of laws instead of having 9 people who are appointed judges do so.

    If the goal was to make the process less “political”, I don’t see how this suggestion helps! The process is, of course, already somewhat political based on how judges are nominated, vetted by the Senate (ah, that bunch again), and then appointed for life unless they resign, die, or are impeached.

    The major change as I see it, besides having more people looking at the law and voting on it, is that every six years we would have a chance to turn them out, so to speak.

    This whole situation reminds me a bit of FDR, I believe it was, trying to “pack the court” because the Supreme Court disallowed some New Deal legislation.

    The big question would be, would these “Senators” act like judges or more like politicians? The idea of not electing judges is to try and minimize the politicizing of the legal process. Assuming they wanted to keep their jobs, I’m guessing they would act more like politicians.

    Just because we don’t like a particular decision doesn’t necessarily mean we should throw the baby out with the bath water. What we need to do instead is find a way to make the court more politically neutral, although it’s obvious that it’s hard to do that

    The Supreme Court actually exhibited a lot of restraint in the recent decision relative to the so-called Affordable Care Act. It could have given Congress broad power under the commerce clause, but it avoided that, wisely seeing that such a result would badly upset the balance of power even worse than it presently is. Allowing the individual mandate “penalty” to stand as a tax is not really that far-fetched–we use taxes to try and shape behavior all the time. It appears this “penalty” will apply to very few and will likely rarely be invoked or collected.

    Imagine what 50 elected Senators would have decided after the lobbyists got done with them!!!!!

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