19 Sep IF YOU DON’T VOTE THIS WILL HAPPEN
The two current frontrunners for president are among the most despised candidates in history. This has many people saying that they are going to sit this one out. I empathize with those individuals, but one simple fact remains; YOU ARE NOT JUST ABSTAINING FROM A PRESIDENTIAL VOTE, YOU ARE ALSO ABSTAINING FROM A SUPREME COURT VOTE AS WELL -MAYBE 4 OF THEM! My goal here is not to tell you who to vote. Rather, I am simply trying to create some context regarding the severity of the situation beyond the four year term of the next president.
As less than 25% of American millennials have a basic civics comprehension it may be important to note… we have three main branches of government: Executive, Legislative, & Judicial. The President is the big dog in the Executive branch and serves a four year term. The Judicial is led by 9 individuals who serve life terms – that’s right LIFE terms. That means you can, and often do, end up with someone in that position for decades. The Supreme Court justices are special judges who interpret laws according to the Constitution. Of course, while this is supposed to be an unbiased and nonpartisan group, the extreme divergence of opinions and the political back and forth have shown that this is simply not the case.
The next president will elect several of these, some estimates suggest as many as four or five (out of nine). That means you are not just voting for a president for four years. That means that the next president will nominate the people who determine how laws will be viewed for the next several decades. You are not just voting for a president for four years. You are voting for the interpreting/changing of the law (probably forever). So, who would each candidate pick and what will that mean?
IF HILLARY WINS
If Hillary wins she will undoubtedly vote for left-leaning replacements. Understand that the Supreme Court was moderately conservative leaning during the bulk of Barak Obama’s Presidency. “A five-vote liberal majority on the court will enable Clinton to remake the United States. It’s important to remember that the law and the Constitution are what the Supreme Court says they are (NEWSWEEK).”
IF TRUMP WINS
Trump is a little bit more of a crapshoot. Despite being tagged as a right wing extremist, Trump has historically had liberal leanings. Recently however, he has moved right on several issues. It’s hard to say exactly what Trump would do, but the names that he gave in May as potential replacements for Scalia are something that Steve Vladeck, a CNN contributor and law professor at American University Washington College of Law says “I would not have been surprised to see this exact list from almost any of the other Republican candidates (CNN).” The implications are a little more difficult to predict as there is a general tendency for conservatives to (at least claim to) desire power to be given back to states.
So there you have it. As you go to vote (or not) realize that you are not just picking a president. You are picking a Supreme Court. If you are totally disgusted by the current candidates, you still need to ask yourself one question: “Is weathering four years with one of these next candidates more detrimental than weathering the next several decades of a lopsided Supreme Court?
*Note that there are many more factors to consider. This is simply trying to point to the severity of this election as it pertains to the SCOTUS. It is not a detailed discussion.
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