I've been following the deliberations now going on before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Health Care Reform Act, aka Obamacare.
It's of course impossible to predict how the justices are going to rule but the line of questioning would seem to suggest many of them have made up their minds, to wit strike it down.
I find this a bit troubling. We've always known the SCOUS has enormous power in the sense they can strike down legislation as being unconstitutional but let's face it, many if not all of those justices have an agenda and are far from objective.
There are at the moment 5 very conservative people on the court. If you don't think they wield great influence just think for a minute as to who exactly it was that got George Bush his first term. It sure as hell wasn't the voters.
So the question is, are they TOO powerful and if so, what can be done about it short of redrafting the Constitution?
I fear nothing except to be sure to elect presidents who when presented the opportunity will appoint the right (meaning correct. NOT politically "right") people to the court.
Pres. Obama has appointed two. Justice Kennedy is probably the next to go. That will likely happen during the term of whoever is elected in 2012. For that reason alone, the upcoming election is very important.