Tired of the Rhetoric

I am so tired of all of the rhetoric surrounding the nomination of a new justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

I am reading a new book entitled "Electing Justice" which argues that we should elect our justices to the Supreme Court. In the book the author talks about previous decisions about who to nominate and whether it should be a woman or a minority, a liberal or a conservative, and the thought that kept coming to my mind was that it should not matter. It should not matter if the court is composed of 9 women, or 9 hispanics, or 9 African-Americans, or 9 conservatives or 9 liberals. The reason it should not matter is because a judges job is to apply the law, not make law, and I would argue not even interpret the Constitution. If judges simply applied the law as they should we would not have to worry about who it was that the president nominated. This will never happen but it would sure be nice.

Posted by Nathan Melton at July 26, 2005 12:07 AM