What the US Constitution Says About the Supreme Court

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.

Ask me if you want to know more. Use the “Comment” format.

About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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2 Responses to What the US Constitution Says About the Supreme Court

  1. Thomas H. says:

    Sir,

    With respect to your comments about fascism and the executive bureaucracy, people like me know that the current administration is doing everything withing its range of influence to leave its own mark on the American experience, and in fact is full of people who fear their ‘making a difference’ will not be immortalized in things running the gamut from official documents to monuments and other projects invited and perpetuated easily by bureaucrats themselves. At least some federal officials at this point in time, and without respect to the election, might be accused of concerning themselves with Hollywood production instead of actual, tangible production according to their professions and job functions in the executive branch of our leadership.

    • Thomas H. says:

      … include ‘making a change’ along with ‘making a difference’ here, and I refer to executive influence over the legislature and judiciary here, as the levers of command primarily, and then the general public… . Contrary to your comments about fascism, our leadership appears to have studied “The Great Helmsman,” too.

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