Letters to the Editor

Letter: Democrats won't play fair

To the Editor:

The children continue at play and we the taxpayers keep paying. Both parties have tacitly admitted that the SCOTUS is just a "political" body and not an objective bastion of pure jurisprudence.

Both parties struggle getting another "liberal" or "conservative" justice to minimize or establish a solidly right or left majority. Though the term "litmus test" has fallen from favor, its intent is still obvious in the Senate committee's questions on pro-choice or life, health care and religion. The media reinforces this "testing" as well.

Should the Democrats lose this latest battle, they threaten to "pack" the court with more justices of their liking by increasing the number of justices from nine to who knows how many? This seems to make SCOTUS look like just an ad hoc extension of Congress, merely validating or denying what the majority party at the time wants.

Since so much energy is being spent (and has been spent in the past) on getting the "correct" justices in place, perhaps we should just eliminate the SCOTUS? What say you constitutional scholars out there?

In the meantime, enjoy the theater of the hearings and of the pending vote.

Phil Giannini

Richmond

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