The Supreme Court should be free of political influence

Jamin Diaz, Staff Writer

By now, Trump has already picked a Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This has caused discussion among people, with liberals accusing the President of trying to fill up the vacancy despite the 2020 election occurring around the corner. People have already begun to point to the record of the new nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, with many pointing to her conservative record as one of the main reasons she was nominated by the President to begin with. This shows an underlying problem within the Supreme Court that some pay attention to, but never goes beyond that. Although it’s not guaranteed, Supreme Court justices often agree and vote with the ideology of the president they were nominated by. Conservatives and liberals often acknowledge this.

Even those considered moderates on the Supreme Court were expected to agree with their president once they were approved to the Court. After the news of Ruth’s Bader Ginsburg came out, depending on which party people stuck with, saw this as either a loss or an opportunity to give the Supreme Court a conservative majority. This is never a good sign for a branch of the government made to stay free from any influence of the rest of the government. As mentioned earlier, those who are nominated and approved to the Supreme Court are more likely to vote on an ideological line or maintain some loyalty to the president who nominated them. While the president nominates them, the Senate approves them,

Trump chooses Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the Supreme Court. (politico.com)

and depending on who’s controlling the Senate, can approve their preferred nominee. The Supreme Court really is just an institution made up of a group of unelected officials, nominated and approved by partisan sides for their alignment with their president, who decide the fate of millions of lives with an open-to-interpretation constitution as their only guide.