The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in our land. It is composed of 9 justices (judges). Justices are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The role of the court is to judge cases objectively and to not participate in partisan politics. The Constitution designed the Court to be a non-partisan, non-political institution. Once confirmed to the Court, justices serve for life and are not subject to re-election by the people.
That said, many fear the Court has become political and that Supreme Court justices make decisions based on their personal political views, perhaps consistent with the political views of the President who appointed them to the Court.
One of the 2020 presidential candidates (who has since dropped out of the race), proposed to change the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices from 9 to 15. Under this proposal, 5 justices would be affiliated with the Democratic party, 5 justices would be affiliated with the Republican party, and the remaining 5 would be chosen jointly by the other justices. Please read this (Links to an external site.) (click on “this”) news article evaluating the proposal.
Setting aside your views on the presidential race (which are not relevant to this discussion), please discuss the proposal. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal? Do you agree with the proposal? Why or why not? Please post your reply and respond to ONE other students to earn full points.