Publicado el 07-25-2012
The Next President
and the U.S. Supreme Court
As everyone know, the U.S. Supreme Court established by the Constitution to decide in appeal cases of the federal and state courts, or of disputes between two or more states, is made up of nine justices, one who presides the Court and eight Associate Justices. The justices are appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress for life, until they retire or resign.
Since 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court is presided by Justice John Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush and in general, is considered a more conservative court than the previous one, presided by Justice Renquist, from 1986 until 2005. Justices Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are considered to be conservative, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan liberals, with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is liberal, but who often votes with the conservatives.
The next president of the United States will probably have to appoint at least two justices, since Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, both named by President Reagan, are now 76 years old. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by Bill Clinton, is 79 year old and her health is not good.
Logically, any new appointment will determine the leanings of the Supreme Court that now is practically equally divided. This leaning, liberal or conservative, is decisive for the rulings of the Court which, in the final analysis, affect the life of every American.
That is why it is so important than on November 6th, when voting for the next president of the United States of America, the voters be aware of what the elected could do to determine the future of the nation, not only in terms of the national debt and the economy, but also in terms of the laws that rule over the daily life of Americans. There are two candidates, President Barack Obama, Democrat with liberal ideas and Republican Mitt Romney, a conservative.
What is at stake in November is, to a great extent, the future of the United States of America. That is why everyone should be well-informed before casting his or her vote thinking about the high interests and ideals of the fatherland.