An editorial published Sunday in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch warns that the general public may soon ignore rulings by the Supreme Court and regard justices as “little greater than political hacks in black robes.”
The court’s politicization isn’t any longer something justices can hide, the newspaper noted.
“The three most up-to-date arrivals to the bench misled members of Congress by indicating they regarded Roe v. Wade as settled law, to not be overturned. Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife is an open supporter of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to subvert democracy,” the editorial said.
The respect and regard Americans have to have for Supreme Court decisions in a stable society should be earned by the justices, the editorial said. If not, the rulings are vulnerable.
“The Supreme Court has no police force or military command to impose enforcement of its rulings. Until now, the deference that states have shown was entirely out of respect for the court’s place among the many three branches of presidency. If states select simply to disregard the court following a Roe reversal, justices could have only themselves guilty for the erosion of their stature in Americans’ minds,” the editorial concluded.