Senator Jon Kyl just finished speaking against Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, but he seemed a bit confused. According to Kyl, he will vote against her because she believes that the role of the court is to solve society’s problems. Kyl said that’s the role of the legislature, not the courts.
Yet when our elected representatives HAVE acted to solve society’s problems – to protect our elections from being bought by corporations, to protect people from defective medical devices, to protect workers from unfair discrimination by powerful corporations, to protect our environment from polluting corporations – the Roberts Court has gone out of its way to dismantle these protections.
How does Senator Kyl square his support for the arch-conservatives on the Court with his claim that the elected branches should be allowed to solve society’s problems?