Ideally people should be placed on this court because they have high IQs and a history of making rulings based on the law at hand, and not based on their own beliefs. They should be profound thinkers who love and wish to protect the laws of the nation, and the rights of individuals as protected by the U.S. Constitution.
However, while this is the role of the Supreme Court Justices, there are presently only four members of the U.S. Supreme Court that are true Constitutionalists:
- Chief Justice John Roberts
- Antonin Scalia
- Clarence Thomas
- Samuel Alito Jr.
There are four members, believe it or not, who were strategically placed on the U.S. Supreme court not because of their superior Constitutional intellect, but because of their ideological stance on liberal issues. The in this way have a history of making rulings based on their views regardless of the U.S. Constitution. In other words, these justices believe the U.S. Constitution is antiquated, outdated, and should be replaced or, even better, simply ignored.
These justices are:
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Elena Kagan
- Stephen Breyer
- Sonya Sotomayor.
One justice remains in limbo, and is often considered the swing vote:
- Anthony M. Kennedy
However, Kennedy really isn't a swing vote. He's just called that because the media likes to have one person to call a swing vote in order to have something to write about.