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  •  A LIFETIME appointment to any position (8+ / 0-)

    should demand a higher set of ethics. The more the privilege, the higher the standards should be - period!

    Either that or impose a term limit or reappointment for Supreme Court judges of 20 years with midterm confirmations that are less tied to electioneering.

    There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
    I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? ~ Robert Kennedy

    by Reality Bites Back on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 11:55:50 AM PDT

    •  I am not sure that the authors of the Constitution (3+ / 0-)
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      ozsea1, bobinson, Matt Z

      had the foresight to imagine a blatantly political court.  When the Constitution was adopted, there was a sort of public uneasiness with political factionalism that was held in check somewhat during the Washington's Presidency.  Once Washington was gone, political parties took hold with a vengeance and have never let up.  I am not sure that this level of politicization was ever considered by the founders, or perhaps they would have insisted on something less than a lifetime appointment.  That said, getting things changed at this point is just out of the question as the party in power will never relinquish the majority of the SCOTUS voluntarily, nor probably should they.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 12:26:33 PM PDT

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