An interesting, if not somewhat ironic, OP. Well presented and worthy of the read.!
I too hope that in the final analysis the balance and values of the Supreme Court serve the lofty purpose of the institution, generally speaking.
This is however, nothing upon which to hang one's hat. That purpose is mandated and self-evident in the execution of the courts authority. And we
approach the matter as if a successful appointment to the Supreme Court were a royal decree and once there, they lose citizen status, and become
operatives of unassailable power. Part of the problem with biased or disingenuous justices lies there.
I agree that it is necessary to maintain checks and balances, but in the end, the government has used this branch of the organization to overcome the
will of the people, far too often, in my opinion.
[edit on 2-1-2009 by Maxmars]