20 Year Member
- Dec 1, 2002
The three branches have roughly equal power, with each acting as a check on the other two.Having a Supreme Court with so much power seems rather undemocratic. The constant fights over who gets to pick the judges is performative nonsense. Bunch of fucking lawyers bending an old document and the decisions of previous appointed bullshitters to mean whatever they want. They may as well be interpreting the Bible.
Instead of celebrating Stephen Breyer’s retirement, we should be weakening the Supreme Court’s power. Popular majorities should determine the course of our society — not nine unelected lawyers.jacobinmag.com
The U.S. was originally going to be more of a republic than a democracy, with the electoral college voting for the president, and the Senate being appointed by the state governments, rather than elected by popular vote. This was partly because the founders were afraid that a directly elected president would become too powerful (like a king), and also because direct election would mean the states with a larger population would effectively choose the president. Also, they expected that the Congress would be more powerful than the president.