opinions - supreme court - ja
Don’t Care About the Supreme Court Opening? It Will Impact Your Life In Many Ways

by Jillian Atelsek

It’s time, once again, to check up with the latest in the Supreme Court debacle! Who’s excited?

Well, apparently not many Walkersville students.

I asked at least a dozen Lions, from freshman all the way to seniors, if they were familiar with the Supreme Court issue, and if so, to share their opinions on it.

“What issue?” Asked junior Myiah Seymour.

“I’ve seen it on the news, but I don’t really know what’s going on,” said freshman Blaire Shively.

“I heard that the guy was so happy to be nominated. I’m happy for that guy,” added junior Joey Edwards, presumably referring to Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to fill Justice Scalia’s vacant seat.

“I sort of know what’s going on because I’m in government, but I don’t really have an opinion,” said freshman Mara Leucic.

Sophomore Abby Engle was the most blunt, responding flatly, “Ehh, no,” when asked if she had anything to say about the issue.

Senior Rochelle Adjei was the only student who really seemed to know what I was talking about. “Oh, yeah, I’ve definitely been following the story.” She went on to add that, especially for upperclassmen, who are “about to be legal” to vote in the upcoming elections, “it’s important to know.”

I can’t say that I’m surprised, nor that I blame my classmates. Politics are exhausting, frustrating, and sometimes excruciatingly boring – definitely not everybody’s thing. Still, I agree with Adjei: I believe that this particular issue is one that deserves our attention, at least a little bit of it, if we can afford the time.

The Supreme Court plays a vitally important role in the way that our country functions. I’m not sure that many students are quite aware of the significance of the debate that is currently raging, just an hour or so down the road, in our nation’s capital. It has the potential to affect not only the remainder of our lives, but our children’s lives as well. Terms on the Supreme Court, are, after all, much, much longer than any Presidential term.

“Students absolutely need to be paying attention. The senate’s decision is going to determine the tenor of the court – are they going to be flexible, or more strict to the Constitution?” said Social Studies teacher Lynn Clark. She continued, “look at some of the issues the court is facing: campaign funding, abortion rights, union rights…these are things that really do affect everyday lives. Their decisions trickle down right to us, and it will set policy for decades. I think the impact of these things is more than people realize.”

In the end, I would like to strongly encourage students to pay attention to this issue, no matter which side they choose to take. As former president Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously said, “a government can be no better than the public opinion that sustains it.”