The Constitution and the US Supreme Court

The United States Constitution is a finely balanced document. According to Central Washington University (2013), the Constitution is a living document; it is intended to support a national government that is powerful and flexible enough to satisfy the republic’s demands while remaining restricted and just enough to safeguard people’s fundamental rights. People have a right to call the USA their country if they were born there (United States Courts, 2016). It allows for harmony between humanity’s need for discipline and the person’s right to freedom. To achieve these goals, the Constitution’s Framers established three separate and consubstantial departments of governance. The greatness of the American form of government is demonstrated by the fact that this Constitution has given uninterrupted democratic rule despite the periodic strains of more than two centuries.

The Supreme Court’s unique position is due to the American people’s intense devotion to the Rule of Law and constitutional government. The United States has shown an extraordinary commitment to preserving and protecting its written Constitution, ensuring that the world’s oldest constitutional provision protects the American experience in democracy. I think people understand the current influence of corporations on elections. According to The Story of Stuff Project (2011), 85% of Americans feel that corporations have too much power in a democracy. I believe that this allowed corporations to influence the outcome of elections, sometimes in their favor. I believe that corporations that run for a candidate are counting on political support in the future, as this creates a mutual benefit for both parties. The Supreme Court’s complicated position in this system stems from its ability to strike down legislation or administrative acts that violate the Constitution in the Court’s opinion. This judicial review authority has provided the Court a critical role in ensuring the individual’s rights and preserving a functioning Constitution whose broad principles are constantly implemented in new and complex circumstances.

The Supreme Court has created a significant collection of judicial opinions, or “precedents,” following the Constitution through exercising its jurisdiction to evaluate the constitutionality of federal and state government activities. The Court’s use of precedent to resolve contentious problems has sparked discussion about maintaining the norms established in previous rulings or overturning them. The Court’s approach to precedent raises long-standing questions about how it can uphold legal stability by adhering to precedent under the doctrine of judicial precedent while correcting decisions based on faulty reasoning, unworkable standards, abandoned categorical imperative, or archaic truthful hypotheses.


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United States Courts. (2016). Supreme court associate justice Sonia Sotomayor remarks on constitution day 2016 [Video]. Web.

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