The fact that we are freaking out about the health of an octogenarian judge is a sign of just how badly we need to reform the Supreme Court. Let’s make it predictable and rational instead of having an appointment impact laws for 30 years after the fact – a lot can change in 30 years. An 18-year appointment would be long-term enough so that justices can operate independently without making each appointment a political deathmatch. We are capable of better than this if we simply adopt a more balanced approach.
Problems to be Solved
- The Supreme Court is an increasingly partisan institution.
- The appointment of new Justices becomes a national fight that damages trust in our institutions.
- Justices are serving for way too long and splitting along partisan lines.
As President, I will…
- Propose a constitutional amendment imposing 18-year term limits on Supreme Court Justices.