The Supreme Court’s two tribes

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A court divided... A court divided… (Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

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A steady stream of bitterly divided, 5-4 rulings is not what the Founders had in mind

Shortly after John Roberts became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he admitted concern that a steady stream of 5-4 decisions could undermine the court’s “credibility and legitimacy as an institution.” His fear was well-founded. Since then, the Roberts court has issued bitterly polarized, 5-4 rulings on its most controversial cases — including gun control, voting rights, affirmative action, campaign finance law, ObamaCare, and gay marriage. Justices in the losing faction, which swings from liberal to conservative depending on one swing vote, now routinely ridicule the reasoning of their colleagues — “legalistic argle bargle,” in the memorable words of Antonin Scalia. This is not, one suspects, what the Founders envisioned when they created the court to arbitrate and help temper what Alexander Hamilton called the…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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