The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle was a wakeup call for many Americans. The Supreme Court is an exclusive club of legal eagles. These well-accomplished judges get a lifetime job with serious perks if they have enough political clout to sit on the Supreme Court. According to a new poll conducted by a group called Fix the Court, 78 percent of Americans want to set limits on how long a Supreme Court justice can serve the country.
According to Gabe Roth the executive director of Fix the Court, the founding fathers didn’t realize that Supreme Court justices would be able to serve on the court for 30 or 35 years. Roth thinks the founding fathers might have defined “Good Behavior” a little better in Article III of the Constitution if they knew justices would die behind their Supreme Court desks.
Justice Elena Kagan told a Georgetown Law group that she’s okay setting term limits. But Kagan also said she’s happy with the life appointment. However, she believes changing the life-tenure appointment would take the threat of a single confirmation tuning the tide in the way the court votes. But she also said life tenure makes the justices more independent.
Kagan said justices don’t have to worry about finding another job, and they don’t need anyone or anything. That makes the judicial branch of government independent, according to Justice Kegan. At the Annual Association of American Law School meeting, Kegan said an 18 to 20-year term for Supreme Court justices make sense to her. A shorter term limit wouldn’t work in her opinion, but 18 to 20 years of service would eliminate the stress associated with finding another job.
The Fix the Court poll also brought up another fact that people often overlook. According to the poll, 58 percent of Americans believe the Supreme Court confirmation process doesn’t serve the interests of the country. Americans also believe the confirmation process is a political tool that enhances the interests of political parties. And they say that was obvious during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, according to Roth.
But fixing the Supreme Court isn’t the only issue facing Americans, according to people who say the legal system, as well as the political system, need an ethical and moral facelift. Trump says he will fix Washington, but the fix he has in mind has nothing to do with an ethical or moral tune-up.