Most court watchers agree that the changing composition of the Supreme Court will ineluctably favor the interests of traditional values organizations like the American Family Association. The next decade will surely see the Court return to a more balanced approach in line with the preservation of family values. Certainly some will characterize the new Court as more conservative. To the extent that it will emphasize core principles in the Constitution as the bedrock from which it must proceed, it will be conservative. Yet this is simply a return of the Court to its intended function: interpretation and application of law textually found in the Constitution or duly enacted legislation. No doubt the Court will be more reluctant to manufacture new "rights" not specifically found in these core sources. It will look to the Congress and the state legislatures to enact new rights as the social and political needs of the people evolve. And in applying the Constitution it will no doubt rely on the Framers' original intent.
Donald E. Wildman & Benjamin W. Bull,
Conservative Supreme Court: Its Impact On Traditional Values,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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