This idea of having 50 State Supreme Court Chief Justices choose a Federal Supreme Court Justice, in the linked article below, is almost agreeable, however, who is appointing these State Chief Justices? Not the people. Yes, each state has its own constitution and method for this selection. Wouldn’t this make things a bit complicated for selecting a Federal Supreme Court justice?
It is difficult enough for one person, the President, to choose from all the eligible candidates. I could not imagine how long it would take 50. How would this work and how would we keep the partisan politics out of a group that size?
State Supreme Courts use the State Constitution, the Federal Supreme Court uses the U.S. Constitution, all Judges should decide cases based on the Constitutionality as written not interpreted and with case-law but they do. Imagine 50 different opinions, 51 different Constitutions, and most assuredly lawyers would get involved making arguments. What a mess. What would happen to their regular docket?
I absolutely agree with abolishing the 17th Amendment having the states choose senators as it should. Progressives want a direct connection between president and people but this is wrong. The people connect to their state to keep local government as close to them as possible. Then the state chooses the senator. The people choose the House of Representatives.
We forget our country are States forming a union. These United States of America represents States United on the American continent. Each State set as its own sovereign entity united for one cause, protection of all. This is why the U.S. Constitution is so short and primarily focuses on what the federal government cannot do.
In an “As I See It” published on Nov. 15, Paul F. deLespinasse proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to help “rebalance the power of the states and the federal government” by taking out of partisan presidential politics the power to select potential U.S. Supreme Court justices to […]