Letters to the Editor

John Divers: Supreme Court composition weighs on election

Republicans are clearly concerned about the composition of the Supreme Court. Hoping for a victory in the presidential election, Senate Republicans have refused to confirm a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.

The conservative majority, obviously partisan, has enabled the Republican Party to remain a viable force in our two-party system. It gave the 2000 election to George W. Bush. An avoidable terrorist attack, an unnecessary trillion-dollar war unpaid for by a large tax-cut to the wealthy, and a Great Recession have been the consequences.

The Affordable Care Act, crippled from its beginning by Republican opposition, was further crippled when the court invalidated the provision that mandated enrollment by everyone, the only way to make it sustainable in the long run.

Perhaps the most odious of those 5-4 decisions was Citizens United, enabling billionaires and their corporations to influence election outcomes on the local, state and national levels.

Its Voting Rights Act decision eliminating federal approval of any changes in voting requirements by states previously guilty of discrimination created the spectacle of many Republican majority state legislatures passing measures designed to suppress voter turnout, making it more difficult for minorities, students and the elderly.

The composition of the Supreme Court should concern everyone.

John Divers