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The importance of a free-thinking court

caines | 7/4/2012, 5:30 a.m.

President Obama is sighing with relief, because the Affordable Health Care Act was not struck down as unconstitutional and his solicitor won a big battle overturning most of Arizonas immigration law. These victories while important to the Obama Administration are more notable because of the integrity and guts of Chief Justice Roberts. Roberts, a President Bush appointee, has risen above partisan politics and ideology to preserve the integrity and esteem of the third branch of government the Courts. He realized that if he followed his fellow Republican appointees and voted in a manner that would make the Republican Party happy that he would communicate to the public and the world that the Supreme Court is not an impartial arbiter striving for justice but rather simply a group of Republican and Democratic appointees voting along party lines. I respect Roberts for his integrity and hope that the liberal justices and conservative justices come to the same important realization made by Justice Roberts because the identity of the Supreme Court is at stake. If justice cannot be obtained at the highest court of the land, then the entire judicial system becomes perverted and a cornerstone of our democracy fails. The founding fathers created three equal and important branches of government, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. Each was meant to be equal and independent and designed to balance the power so that no one branch became too powerful. The desire to appoint ideologues on the bench has become a rallying cry of certain conservative groups across the country because by taking the courts these conservatives believe that they can change the laws of the land to reflect their conservative ideology. President Obama is sighing with relief, because the Affordable Health Care Act was not struck down as unconstitutional and his solicitor won a big battle overturning most of Arizonas immigration law. These victories while important to the Obama Administration are more notable because of the integrity and guts of Chief Justice Roberts. Roberts, a President Bush appointee, has risen above partisan politics and ideology to preserve the integrity and esteem of the third branch of government the Courts. He realized that if he followed his fellow Republican appointees and voted in a manner that would make the Republican Party happy that he would communicate to the public and the world that the Supreme Court is not an impartial arbiter striving for justice but rather simply a group of Republican and Democratic appointees voting along party lines. I respect Roberts for his integrity and hope that the liberal justices and conservative justices come to the same important realization made by Justice Roberts because the identity of the Supreme Court is at stake. If justice cannot be obtained at the highest court of the land, then the entire judicial system becomes perverted and a cornerstone of our democracy fails. The founding fathers created three equal and important branches of government, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. Each was meant to be equal and independent and designed to balance the power so that no one branch became too powerful. After Bush vs. Gore, the high esteem that this country held of the Supreme Court diminished because it appeared that the Democratic appointees voted for Gore and the Republican appointees voted for Bush. This troubled those free thinking members of society who realized that the Supreme Court should not be partisan, but rather an impartial body that rises above party affiliation and rules upon the law and facts in a manner that seeks to obtain justice. Roberts realized that the Supreme Court was spiraling down into a liberal versus conservative court and took the monumental step of rising above his party affiliation. The desire to appoint ideologues on the bench has become a rallying cry of certain conservative groups across the country because by taking the courts these conservatives believe that they can change the laws of the land to reflect their conservative ideology. In Florida, three justices are being attacked because they are viewed as too liberal. A conservative group intends to spend millions knocking out these justices even though they are respected by the bar for their fairness and impartiality. I strongly urge voters to retain our current justices and prevent Governor Scott from having the ability to appoint three new justices who match his ideology.After Bush vs. Gore, the high esteem that this country held of the Supreme Court diminished because it appeared that the Democratic appointees voted for Gore and the Republican appointees voted for Bush. This troubled those free thinking members of society who realized that the Supreme Court should not be partisan, but rather an impartial body that rises above party affiliation and rules upon the law and facts in a manner that seeks to obtain justice. Roberts realized that the Supreme Court was spiraling down into a liberal versus conservative court and took the monumental step of rising above his party affiliation. The desire to appoint ideologues on the bench has become a rallying cry of certain conservative groups across the country because by taking the courts these conservatives believe that they can change the laws of the land to reflect their conservative ideology. In Florida, three justices are being attacked because they are viewed as too liberal. A conservative group intends to spend millions knocking out these justices even though they are respected by the bar for their fairness and impartiality. I strongly urge voters to retain our current justices and prevent Governor Scott from having the ability to appoint three new justices who match his ideology. By Reginald J. Clyne, Esq.,Miami Times columnist, rjc@clynelegal.com