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The talk of abortion rulings always brings this up, and I don't know if we've recently had a thread about it.
The most recent abortion thread by Rygar started off saying "With the ideological makeup of the supreme court expected to outlast the current administration for quite some time..." which of course made me think "so where, exactly, does the supreme court fit in a meaningful democracy?
A Duke University law conference referred to the supreme court as a "gerontocracy" and it is definitely more similar to a monarchy than any sort of democracy. The people are appointed instead of voted on by the public, and they are practically THERE UNTIL THEY DIE. Along with them stays their views, no matter how outdated or biased.
The scariest part, though, is exactly how much power these few people hold, which is to say in my opinion quite a bit more than the legislative branch, in that they can make instantaneous changes in the law with fewer checks and balances, and fewer votes.
So my question for discussion is this: Does the Supreme Court, as it is now, belong in a democracy? You can switch that to "belong in the government of the United States" so as not to get in to some stupid "we're not a democracy blah blah republic blah representative" semantics argument.
Is there a way to reform the supreme court so that it actually serves as a legitimate system for appeal in our judiciary branch, as opposed to an overpowered (I had to) oligarchy.
I also mean that both theoretically and practically. Can it be reformed at a theoretical level to work better? Can it be reformed at all in any realistic (though not likely) sense, or what would have to be done for it to be reformed with the limitations we have over our government?
Personally, I hate the Supreme Court as it works today and wish it to burn to the ground. But that's just my opinion, which may be elaborated on as the discussion progresses.