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Quote of the Day - That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. - William J. H. Boetcker
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You Donít Have To Like The Court, Just Respect It

I happened to run across this article on the decline of the publicís image of the Supreme Court and wondered is this really a bad thing? The article states that 57% of those polled now possess a favorable view of the Court compared to over 70% a decade ago.

Is having a favorable view of the Court as important as respecting the Court and its judgments? I would venture that there are many people, organizations, and even places that we all donít view favorably yet we still greatly respect.

The Court is faced with making difficult decisions that are often incredibly divisive and typically divided along political lines. With a nation that is nearly perfectly split between the two major parties, is it not amazing that the Court has a favorable rating above 50%?

Had the persons polled been asked whether they respected the Court, the percentages may have been the same but I suspect that the respect rating would be higher than the favorable view rating for the reasons stated above. Although slipping favorability ratings may lead to an eventual decline in respect for the Court, it must be remembered that the Court has existed for centuries through traumatic, unstable, and divisive periods and continues to endure.

The appointment of justices for life may lead to great debate and drama when appointment time is at hand, but for the vast majority of the time, this process helps insulate the Court from wildly gyrating political and public pressures. In the long run, I have little doubt that the Court will continue to be well respected and for the most part ďfavorablyĒ viewed.

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