In Order to Form a More Perfect Union
The United States Supreme Court, which buttresses the concept of the United States of America, is an institution attempting to evolve toward perfection, using as its instrument the Constitution of the United States, which states as the reason for its drafting, " .... in order to form a more perfect union...." .
For over one hundred years, the nation's highest court in the land handed down rulings viewed through a lens devoid of the ability to see many who resided in the United States and the " .... unalienable right(s) ...." they were deprived.
Many rulings handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, since the founding of the nation and into the 21st century, have been colored by societal conditions originating from the nation's "birth defect" of slavery, as characterized by former Bush administration cabinet member, Dr. Condoleeza Rice.
Yet, it will be argued, when rendering the decisions of the past, the Supreme Court justices' rulings on those cases that adversely affected those deprived, acted in the interest and on the behalf of the the people of the United States as advocates, with advocacy being a companion act to activism, as the Supreme Court interpreted and dispensed law with the use of the Constitution.
The U.S. Supreme Court is charged to deliver opinions using the Constitution as its guide for adjudication. Since the adoption of the Constititution in 1789, in an effort to achieve that " more perfect union", twenty seven amendments have been added and ratified toward that end.
For decades, American society and the courts have attempted to address the needs of governing the nation by using the Constitution, a document described by many scholars as a living document, meant to grow with the nation.
The character of the Supreme Court and its rulings have been shaped by the individuals seated upon the bench and those offering arguments before the court.
When the inclusion of individuals representative of the many life paths and cultures, found within the United States of America, are seated on the U.S. Supreme Court, in time, the achievement of a nation nearing perfection may be realized.
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