Amy Coney Barrett just got confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court Justice, which means she’s going to get at least 30 years on the Supreme Court. This is a woman who supports overturning Roe v. Wade and supports many conservative ideas. Some people may like that and others might not, but the absurd part is that no matter how she votes on these important topics, we’re going to have to deal with those consequences for decades.
No matter what any of the Supreme Court Justices get done, we have to deal with it for decades. Many people might not see that as an issue because until now, the decisions that were being made gave us Roe v. Wade, which allows women have safe abortions, Brown v. Board of Education, which ended racial segregation in schools and etc, but that’s all about to start going downhill.
If Roe v Wade gets overturned, women will have to spend decades fighting for their rights again. If the Supreme Court decides that gay couples can’t adopt, the LGBTQ community will have to spend decades fighting for their rights again. No one should have to fight for their rights, and no one should get their rights taken away from them.
No one person, or even nine people, should have so much power to the point that their decisions affect people for decades or centuries. We wouldn’t have to worry as much about possibly having to fight for our rights if these Supreme Court Justices only had a few years in court. That way no matter what happens, we know we can fight injustice and win without having to wait years and years.
It’s easy to say that this is how it’s always been and that it’s not a big deal when it’s actually a big abuse of power. Just because these justices get to take part in making decisions on big court cases, doesn’t mean they should get to vote a certain way just to make their political party happy, because their religious views played a role, or simply because they want to be petty.
People may think those things don’t happen and that the judges are impartial, but if that were true, the parties wouldn’t be fighting for their own party to have a majority of the seats in the Supreme Court. The Senate, House of Representatives and state and city government is where we should be fighting for our political parties and views to rule, not the Supreme Court. If the justices were all for human rights, the country might feel like a utopia which would be a huge pro, but the con would be too long without basic human rights. That con outweighs everything.
So, how can we take away the risk of being stuck in such a horrible situation? We give these Supreme Court Justices term limits. Whether that’s four, six, or 10 years, it will allow people to truly make a change. It gives both political parties a chance to have it their way. The Supreme Court shouldn’t be nine people that determine what our whole lives will be like and hold so much power over our heads. It should be nine people that care for the people they’re fighting for but understand that not everyone has the same views as them.
We should get a say in how this country is run, and we shouldn’t let people who hold unmodernized values make every big decision for us. The Supreme Court is very important, but so are human rights and if we want to be able to be somewhat peaceful in this divided country, then we need to add term limits.