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Appointments to the US Supreme Court should be for fixed 18-year terms
The way in which Government Institutions, such as the Supreme Court, operate should reflect the will of the people.
If judges are replaced on a more frequent basis, the ideas they bring are likelier to be more reflective of
modern public opinion
as opposed to the opinions of the past.
According to a recent Ipsos
, the majority of US citizens support term limits for Supreme Court Justices.
Life-time appointments lead to Supreme Court judges losing touch with the world outside the Court.
It is unjust and undemocratic for a group of people to hold onto immense power for so long.
Regardless of what it was meant to be, the Supreme Court is a political institution, and its judgements have political consequences. Such an institution must be adequately reflective of public opinion like all other political institutions in the US are.
The U.S. Supreme Court decides some of the
most important and difficult issues
in America. These issues should not be decided by Justices' appointed randomly who are unrepresentative of public opinion.
The Democratic Party and Republican Party have come to fundamentally different conceptions of the United States Constitution (
Perry & Powe, p. 641
). In this way, the Supreme Court is no different from any other government institution, and should be equally representative.
Many unelected government officials hold powerful positions which can affect the lives of citizens. For example, the Federal Reserve
determines monetary policy
the Department of Justice
can issue rules on certain policies.
Appointments occurring more frequently will make them more of an electoral issue. Voters will want Presidents to pick candidates who reflect their own ideological viewpoints, rather than necessarily who would be the best candidates. As such, they should not have a say in appointments.
The current Supreme Court does reflect the will of the people.
The Supreme Court should reflect only what the Constitution, legislation and precedent says.