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    Michelle Samuels (GRS’16) is communications senior writer and editor at the School of Public Health.  Profile

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  1. It is so tiring to see yet more hand-wringing hyperbole from the left regarding the composition of SCOTUS.

    If you actually believe in the Constitution and our Constitutional Republic, then populating the court with Originalists or Textualists should be exactly what you should most desire.

    Seeing the court as “partisan minority rule” is simply projection by those who wish it to be so. The Court exists as a firewall to defend the Republic and the rights of the minority against majoritarianism. It does not exist to promote any side’s agenda, even if they happen to be in the majority at any given time.

    The problem here is Progressives wish the Court to be proactive and shortcut the other two branches of government to provide outcomes they desire. When the legislature is ineffective, they wish for a partisan Court to deliver what the Congress can or will not.

    If the ACA is struck down by SCOTUS it will be because the law is unconstitutional, not because the law’s intent or result is necessarily bad for the country. It is up to the Congress to craft legislation that works within the bounds of the Constitution or amend it.

    1. Progressives like myself, believe that every human being deserves their rights to not be expandable. If everyone is to be protected equally under the laws, as our Constitution states, people who identify as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and many other groups of people should not be fearful for their lives right now. Everyone should have the right to a minimum standard of health, no matter how much money you have.

      This population of the Supreme Court is direct hypocrisy and is a tactic to remove fundamental rights from certain groups of human beings, which is inexcusable. Defending the Republic would mean defending all people that live in that Republic.

      Yes we are proactive, we want less suffering for all human beings, but there is nothing about us that is asking for shortcuts.

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