This is for my many readers abroad. I am not assuming they need this information but it’s easy and cheap to provide it, so, why not?
The job of the US Supreme Court (the highest federal court) is to determine, to decide, on the constitutionality of laws and other compulsive measures passed by any legislative authority in the country. Those include the US Congress, of course, but also state legislatures and even municipalities and other local authorities.
“Constitutionality” refers to conformity with the US Constitution, including its Bill of Rights and other amendments. (There are only 27 amendments total.)
The US Supreme Court has no other job. In particular, it is not the function of the US Supreme Court to decide “what’s good for the country,” or what’s wise, or fair legislation.
Something President Obama said yesterday leads me to believe that he does not know that. He used to teach “constitutional law.” I am not surprised. American universities (where law schools are lodged) are surprisingly corrupt. They are corrupted less by money than by ideological weakness.
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