Concisely, in one article, you can read an excellent analysis of the power of the Supreme Court, and the source of that power. Given the increasing impact of Supreme Court decisions on our lives, understanding the origins and nature of the Court’s power is an important consideration. I take no position on the major premise of the article, but it is thought-provoking and interesting. National Review Online has this insightful piece.
Many Americans are puzzled and angry about the judicial assault on religion, morality, and common sense that has been going on for the past few decades. People wonder, for example, how the First Amendment (which guarantees freedom of religion as well as separation of church and state) could possibly require the expulsion of religion from public life, or outlaw prayers at high-school football games and graduation ceremonies. To answer questions like these, one must understand how federal judges got the power to make such controversial political decisions in the first place, and how the judges used that power to bludgeon the American citizenry into believing that their power was legitimate.