Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Robert's Court Strikes Down Key Element Of Voting Rights Act
The Robert's court decided that the federal government can no longer require specific states to demonstrate conformity to federal law. Congress had researched the issue and it decided to renew that provision in the voting rights act in 2006. The Supreme Court looked at research on the behavior of the specified states and it decided that its judgement was superior to the judgement of elected officials. In other words, the Supreme Court has established itself as a legislative body superior to Congress. The court also made its decision in the face of numerous precedents that had been established by previous courts. This decision, along with the Citizen's United decision has reshaped the electoral process to favor the political party that appointed the five justices that affirmed the decision. Not too long ago the Supreme Court was viewed by the public as one of our most cherished institutions. That is no longer true. It is increasingly viewed by the public as an institution that is dominated by a political agenda. Its agenda is determined by same groups that finance the political campaigns of the political party that appointed the majority of the justices to the court.