The United States of America is a nation unlike any other in the world. 

We The People founded this great nation during the conquest for freedom from a tyrannical government. Upon its creation, the world had never seen a government such as ours. 

As history progressed, and the rise of the global economy ensued, we leapt forward as a world leader in trade, military power, and protection of freedom. 

Still, today, we are the superior example of fundamental freedom, which many nations aspire to follow. 

The United States of America is the greatest country on earth, and our unique government structure is just one of the facets that makes it so.

The perfect government does not exist, however. Our Founding Fathers did their best to ensure a system of checks and balances within our government so that one branch is not more powerful than another. 

This unfortunately is not the case. The judicial branch of our government undoubtedly has the most influence on our society. 

Without many citizens knowing, the Supreme Court single-highhandedly molded our society into what it is today. 

On numerous occasions, the Supreme Court changed the course of American history with the creation of just one court opinion. 

Since American culture and governmental decisions also affect a majority of the global economy, the Supreme Court has the potential to change the history and culture of the entire world. 

Some consider it a harrowing thought that such power is put into the hands of just nine men and women. Others are completely oblivious to the power of the Supreme Court. 

A majority of people could not name the nine Supreme Court justices. The reason for this may be largely because they are unelected by the people. Justices are chosen by the President and confirmed by the Senate. 

This allows the justices to make decisions without political pressure, campaigning interference, and control from lobbyists. 

The absence of political pressure results in a non-definitive stance on political party beliefs from some justices. Recent presidents have done a better job of appointing very conservative or very liberal justices.

Justices, however, serve life-long terms, so the opportunity to appoint new justices is rare and random. The ideal situation for appointing a Supreme Court justice in favor of your party is a president and Senate majority that have identical political agendas. 

The conservatives have this advantage now, but the window could close with the upcoming election. 

Some Justices will try and remain on the Supreme Court as long as possible until their party’s “ideal situation” is in place. 

For example, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, had been witnessed snoozing through several court sessions, refusing to retire until the liberals had regained control of the government. 

As previously mentioned, the Supreme Court has the opportunity and ability to influence the history and culture of America, and ultimately, the world. 

Historians have observed this phenomenon on several occasions. A prime example of the Supreme Court indirectly influencing world affairs was the Bush v. Gore case in 2000. In Florida, the votes for the Presidential election were deemed too close to call. 

The Florida Supreme Court called for a recount. The US Supreme Court, however, overturned their decision and ruled in favor of George Bush, essentially proclaiming him the President of the United States. 

Within a year, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were committed. President Bush launched the US into a very costly war in the Middle East that we are still feeling the repercussions of today. 

Some wonder what the outcome would have been if the Supreme Court had named Al Gore the president. 

Another important case, which dates a bit further back, but its impact is undeniably felt today is the New York Times v. Sullivan case in 1964. 

The New York Times published a false article (shocker) about a Montgomery County police officer arresting Martin Luther King as a ploy to disrupt his civil rights movement. 

The police chief, Officer Sullivan, sued the New York Times and the case made its way to the Supreme Court. 

The Court ruled, very interestingly, that the First Amendment states the press has the freedom to say whatever they wish, true or not, and cannot receive punishment unless intended malice is proven. 

Of course, during this time period, the press was advocating for civil rights, which was the morally right thing to do. However, today the press has gotten completely out of hand with false and biased information. 

A neutral news station does not exist, and all of the prime time nightly world news stations are very liberal. 

They refuse to acknowledge the President’s accomplishments, and only focus on any sliver of bad information they can get their hands on, true or not. As long as intended malice is unproven, the Fake News Media can continue as they please. 

Looking further back into American history, we can see how the Supreme Court shaped society’s racial perspective as well. 

In 1857, the Dread Scott vs. Sandford case concluded that African Americans had no right to a lawsuit and were not United States citizens. 

Dread Scott had to remain as the property of his former master’s widow. The decision of this case dramatically increased tension between the North and the South, and ultimately sent our country spiraling into the Civil War. 

Decades later after the end of the war and freedom of the slaves, the Plessy vs. Ferguson case in 1896 ruled that as long as treatment and opportunities were equal for all races, separation was acceptable. 

The ruling of this case allowed for segregation and racist culture to flourish in the United States for over half a century. 

It was not until 1954, in the case Brown vs. Board of Education, that the previous ruling in Plessy vs. Ferguson was completely overturned. 

The Court ruled that racial segregation with equal opportunities was unconstitutional, which ended segregation, but did nothing to quell racial tension. 

This trio of cases shows that the Supreme Court has the ability to influence the way we view and treat people. They also reveal that the Supreme Court has the ability mold society into the image it wants. 

If a majority of malignant justices ever usurped power of the Supreme Court, the effects could be detrimental.

A very recent case where societal change is evident right now is the 2015 Obergefell vs. Hodges case. The Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, opening the doors for homosexual people to not only marry publicly but express themselves publicly. 

Just ten years ago, homosexuality was not expressed as openly as it is today. Of course, these sexual sins have occurred for thousands of years, but until the last decade, it had occurred primarily behind closed doors. 

Now, it seems, society is shoving it straight in your face. If you don’t accept it, you are considered to be homophobic and will be ridiculed by society. One hundred years ago, it was nearly the exact opposite. 

Of course, the Supreme Court is not the only reason for an evolving society, but it certainly had a significant impact on it.  

Above all, the most important issue our great nation faces today is the continual separation between Christianity and the State. Our country was founded upon Christian values, and many of our laws reflect Biblical principles. 

When we pledge to our flag, we state that we are one nation, under God. Printed on each of our coins it says, ‘In God We Trust’. 

Even these simple memorandums are trying to be stripped of us. As unhinged as it may seem, there was a time in our nation’s history that Christianity was a requirement taught in all public schools. 

In 1925, a science teacher in Tennessee, Mr. Scopes, began to teach the principles of evolution. He was charged with breaking Tennessee law banning such teachings, but his case gained national headlines. 

Fast-forward to 1968, where the Epperson vs. Arkansas case made its way to the Supreme Court. The case was similar to the 1925 case in Tennessee. This time, the Court ruled that the state could not punish teachers for teaching evolution because that would be a violation against their First Amendment rights. 

The results of this case were a major loss for Christians and a step in the wrong direction for our nation. Now millions of children may never hear the story of Creation, and how God made each one of us special and in His image. 

The Supreme Court autonomously withheld the teaching of Christianity from millions of Americans by allowing secular teachers to disseminate their beliefs into our nation’s young minds.  

As evidenced, the Judicial Branch of our government truly holds a significant amount of power. 

In deciding whether laws are constitutional or not, they are influencing the way society views certain issues. 

The way society operates is a catalyst for altering not only American history and culture, but the history and culture of the entire world. There is so much influential power in the hands of nine Supreme Court justices.

Now, it’s time for President Trump to select a judge to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Senate to confirm the nomination prior to the election, which guarantees to be a battle until every last REAL vote is counted.

The future of America and our judiciary is at stake.  Fill the seat!

 

Listen to this Conservative Business Journal Podcast with host and founder, John Di Lemme, as he interviews Carrie Severino, co-author of of “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” about the important role of Supreme Court justices and the impact of President Trump’s nominations…

 

Callahan Burton

Callahan Burton is a 17-year-old high school student who is currently studying business and pre-law at the The King’s Academy. He is the President of his class and a member of the Mock Trial Team. He has a passion for politics and advocating for constitutional liberties and conservative ideals. Callahan is constantly fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. He plans to study political science in college to further pursue his aspirations of a political career. (Photo: Callahan and his grandfather)

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