Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 1 month ago

Why are supreme court justices appointed for life but not the President?

Although I can't imagine our current President for life, ugh.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    I'm with you. Term limits for SCOTUS. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Stability. 

    The entire USA has been constituted to prevent tyranny & ensure our individual liberties.  Some of this is through the separation of government functions & power, some through the system of checks & balances between those power-centers, and some is through the tenure in office of each person. 

    The House of Representatives is supposed to be the closest to "direct democracy" holding the officeholder accountable to the citizenry every two years, leading to a potential high rate of turnover.  The House holds the powers of the purse & impeachment as all spending bills must originate in the House, and the House alone has the power to impeach all government officials from office.  Their Speaker must be elected by the House and is third in-line of succession to the Presidency.  It is in this body where the USA has democracy and suffers all the weaknesses of democracy: inherent instability, emotional reactions, and the "tyranny of the majority".   

    The Presidency is given a longer tenure of four years to allow for completed actions of government & stability, but any desire for tyranny is checked by the the "advice & consent" of the Senate, impeachment by the House, or reelection to office by the Electoral College.  This gives the stability inherent in a republic. 

    The Senate is given still longer tenure of six years as their role is that of the grey-haired village "elders" to provide wisdom & experience & calm rational thought to the government.  They must second all acts of the House & most of those of the President.  The longer tenure is to provide greater stability and remove them from the chaos & emotions of direct democracy.  Originally they were appointed by their state governments. 

    Now to your question:  The Supreme Court is not supposed to be a body of politics, but of Law & precedence.  They should not be swayed by the passions of the day, but always governed by the constitution, US code, laws enacted by both houses of Congress, and past rulings by the court.  The lifetime tenure was to free them from politics, the most stable part of government.  The court evolves slowly as Presidents & senatorial majorities come & go.  Note the rambunctious House is not a part of the Supreme Court appointment process.  But realize that the Justices can be impeached at any time by the people's representatives in the House, if convicted in the Senate.  Stability of government with checks & balances.   

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Don't fret it.

    When the Democrats are back in office they could amend the constitution.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKj7FLg3WVA

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    TRUMP FOR LIFE!

    NO MORE TERMS!

    MAGA FOREVER!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sorry daddy never loved you 

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