Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari worries whether the Supreme Court can avoid partisan politics in rendering its decisions (“After Kavanaugh confirmation fight, worry over a Supreme Court stain,” Oct. 7). He bases this on the confirmation dispute over Justice Brett Kavanaugh and an implication that the new justice and his conservative peers will kowtow to the politics of the presidents who appointed them.
The five more conservative justices, however, are attuned to the U.S. Constitution as our Founders wrote it and the 13 colonies ratified it. Theirs is not an allegiance to any president. The liberal justices, on the other hand, greatly reflect the liberal politics of the president that appointed them — so in their opinions at least, Tamari’s observations are well-founded.
President Trump’s political roots are hard to discern, and often depend on the issue — they can be fluid. Populism may or may not be rooted in Constitutionalism — it depends on the issue and the application of principles.
I am quite confident that the conservative justices may have many disagreements with Mr. Trump, and we can hope he learns from them.
Dave Racer, St. Paul