New light is being shed on the philosphical views and thinking of Supreme Court Nominee John G. Roberts. He has provided written responses to questions posed to him from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Regarding judicial activism and the role of the courts, he wrote that judges "Do not have a commission to solve society's problems, as they see them, but simply to decide cases before them according to the rule of law."
That one line immediately caught my eye. Roberts has a point, of course, but he also needs to understand that sometimes the judicial branch is morally compelled to help solve society's problems.
I wonder where we would be as a society today, if the U.S. Supreme Court had not ruled that "separate but equal" was inherently unequal, and overturned Plessy v. Ferguson. I wonder where we would be without the Court's decision in Brown v. Board, which overturned Plessy v. Ferguson.
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