Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Term limit justices
The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at 79 after nearly 30 years on the Supreme Court points out the oversized power of the court. The power is so great that our court is packed with Gollums who refuse to give up the ring. They have overstayed their welcome. The average age of the justices is 75. Four of them -- half the court -- have been there more than 20 years.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will turn 83 next month. FDR was sworn in 11 days before her birth on March 15, 1933. She is not deciding the cases. Her staff is. They are all young socialists. Get rid of her.
Anthony Kennedy is 78. Retire him.
Stephen Breyer is 76. His best-used-by date expired six years ago.
Clarence Thomas at 66 may have a few good years left, but he has been there nearly 25 years. Time to retire, bud.
My plan is simple: A constitutional amendment that allows justices one term for 20 years or until the justice's 70th birthday. That's it. If you are sworn in the day before your 70th birthday, too bad. You serve one day. The amendment would not grandfather in current occupants but would apply upon ratification, meaning any justice who was there 20 years or was 70 or older would be out of a job.
As for other federal judges, they get to stay until they are 75 under federal law. Fine. The Constitution provides that Congress set up the inferior courts.
But the people set the rules on the Supreme Court through amendment. The time has come to amend.