The President has just announced a new nominee to become a justice in the United States Supreme Court, and we all know what this means: brace yourself.
For the next several weeks, we’re going to hear wonderful praise and vicious attacks. Their face will be on our TV screens and Facebook feeds and we’re going to wonder what they mean for the future of our country.
So with everything we know, and will find out, there’s really just one thing they have to get right:
Will they be a fair referee, play by the rules — not their own feelings — and justly interpret the law?
That’s the question that really matters to you and me. Who really wants an unelected referee making calls based on what they had for breakfast that morning? Or deciding the fate of millions just so it’s not awkward at a party? We’re all human, we all change our mind, even the best judges.
That’s why the job of the Supreme Court is not to make our decisions for us, but to interpret the law.
We hope you’ll ask your Senators — and the President — that question: Will the next Supreme Court justice be a fair referee, play by the rules — not their own feelings — and justly interpret the law?
What are your thoughts?
Should judges make up law as they go, or play by the rules fairly? Ask your friends, and sound off on our Facebook page!
While we’re thinking about the Supreme Court’s job, what’s the job of government in general? Find out more about the best role for government here.