I always thought that the role of the Supreme Court’s justices was to evaluate cases based upon legal merits and constitutionality. But in today’s America, it’s all about politics, with many of their recent decisions based upon a 5 to 4 vote strictly along party and ideological lines.
The Supreme Court has heard a number of consequential cases this year. Here are a few of these important cases where the SCOTUS decisions seem to be politically based.
- Refusal to consider the underlying issue related to a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.
- Allowing racially motivated state gerrymandering to stand.
- Permitting states to remove voters from their list of registered voters if they don’t respond to a notification after four years and vote again.
- Permitting anti-abortion, religiously-based “crisis pregnancy centers” in California to not be required, per state law, to post notices that free or low-cost abortion, contraception, and prenatal care services are available to low-income women through public programs.
- Upholding Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
As the image at the top of this post suggests, the sun seems to be setting on America’s democracy based upon a series of 5 to 4 vote.