Culture & Criticism Since 2003
The rulings that have flowed forth from the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts have pierced the nation, as evinced by the Court’s decisions on gay marriage and health care reform that have literally reshaped the country in which we live. On these fronts, large swatches of the populace remain encouraged by this more liberal perspective that strives to keep pace with the evolving culture. However, other rulings have the citizenry perplexed as it struggles to understand just where this Court stands on individual rights (topics like the legality of the government’s continued electronic surveillance of its own citizens at the forefront of our collective consciousness). In Uncertain Justice, Tribe and Matz (both experts on Constitutional law) present an incisive treatise that cuts to the core of the underlying question that many Americans want answered: Is the Roberts Court going too far in rewriting portions of the Constitution? Tribe and Matz use their acute understanding of the law to dissect the Court’s recent rulings, offering keen insight into where these decisions are likely to take the United States. What’s best about this book is found in the vigor of the writing – the authors are not afraid to ask the dirty questions and step on toes. Accordingly, Uncertain Justice reads not so much as a summary of what the Roberts Court has done, but instead, as an investigation of where this Court is leading us. Tribe and Matz have showed a lot of guts in writing Uncertain Justice in this particular way; Americans interested in the changing shape of the country cannot afford to ignore it. Read by Holter Graham. On 13 CDS.