The Supreme Court should not have political affiliations

Today in American politics, there is a heavy emphasis on our two-party system. While parties were originally intended to bring together those with similar ideologies, those political leanings are irrelevant in the judicial branch, which the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is a part of.

“The Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution,” the SCOTUS official website reads. If it is meant to represent the Constitution and the people, the justices should be varied in ideology and backgrounds in order to uphold and interpret the Constitution to represent citizens. 

Under Pres. Trump’s administration and the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a majority of SCOTUS’s justices have conservative views. Since six out of the nine justices tend to vote more conservatively people are concerned about losing rights. Issues such as the ability for same-sex couples to adopt and abortion rights are against conservative leaning views. Although I believe that these issues are basic human rights rather than political opinions. These should not be up for debate as human rights issues because they tie directly into the statement our country was built upon: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The fact that these rights are a discussion is a disgrace.

Justices on the Supreme Court should not be thinking politically, as it is not relevant to their line of work on the Supreme Court. SCOTUS is there to interpret the Constitution without biases from the happenings of politics between parties, although right now it doesn’t seem like that is happening.

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