pahrump editorial

A recent poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos shows that a majority of Americans support the Supreme Court’s decision to restrict the use of race in college admissions. This ruling, favored more by conservatives, highlights a growing concern that the Court is becoming more influenced by politics instead of focusing on the law.

The Court’s intention behind the ruling on affirmative action is commendable. They want to ensure that college admissions are based on merit and equal treatment, rather than considering a person’s race. This idea resonates with many Republicans and independents who believe in a level playing field.

However, the Court’s execution of this intention has raised some problems. Many Americans still believe that Black and Hispanic students face obstacles and don’t have a fair chance to get into their desired colleges, even though they support the Court’s decision. This disconnect raises doubts about whether the ruling effectively addresses the systemic inequalities in higher education.

Moreover, more and more people see the Supreme Court as a political institution. Many Democrats and independents believe that the Court’s decisions are influenced by partisan politics rather than impartially interpreting the law. This loss of trust is troubling because we rely on the Court to ensure justice and uphold the rule of law.

The Court’s recent decisions on President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program and the case involving a Christian website designer and LGBTQ+ customers further contribute to the perception of political bias. People’s opinions on these decisions often align with their political affiliations, suggesting that the Court’s rulings are seen through partisan lenses rather than being evaluated solely on their legal merits.

While the Supreme Court may have good intentions, it falls short in its execution. It should not only focus on the legal aspects of its decisions but also consider the wider impact and public perception of its rulings. Striking a balance between upholding the Constitution and addressing the concerns of all Americans is vital to maintain the Court’s legitimacy and ensure public trust in our judicial system.

Going forward, the Court must show its commitment to fairness and impartiality. Justices should carefully weigh the consequences of their decisions and aim to bridge the gap between legal principles and public opinion. Only by making thoughtful and measured decisions can the Court regain the trust of the American people and fulfill its role as the guardian of justice in our nation.