I have recently written two articles - one on Understanding the Supreme Court and how it works, the other on Corporate Personhood. They got very little traffic. The only conclusion I can draw from that is that the American people really don't CARE about the "why" and "how" of a Supreme Court decision, nor do they care to find out what, if anything, can be done once a decision is handed down.
Instead, they seem to rely on the MEDIA to give them a biased "spin" on the EFFECTS of the decision - insinuating that the Supreme Court somehow makes all the really important decisions in our lives, and that those decisions are OBVIOUSLY partisan. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It appears that the vast majority of people here don't have a CLUE what happens after a court decision is handed down. It looks like practically nobody has any idea of the actual PURPOSE of the Supreme Court and what they are and are not permitted to do. To me, it seems as if nobody knows how to read or understand a SCOTUS decision (and NO, you do not have to be a lawyer to understand English). For these reasons, I believe that I must blame the educational system of the United States.
Don't we teach this stuff? Or weren't you paying attention? Let me ask a few questions, then you see if you know the answers:
1) Did Citizens United establish "corporate personhood"? What does that mean?
2) Can anything be done to reverse the effect of Citizens United? What and how
3) What was the SCOTUS allowed to decide and why.
4) Does the Supreme Court "make" laws and if so how.
I've seen a few really uneducated comments here on the vine and they disturb me. One - that the Supreme Court makes decisions which are TOO LIMITED IN SCOPE. Two - that Citizens United conferred "personhood" status on corporations. Three (this one just slays me) that Conservative Judges are running this country.
Was everyone asleep during Civics?