First, the Supreme Court’s decision in “Plessy versus Ferguson” was considered settled law from 1896 to 1954. The Supreme Court’s decision in”Roe versus Wade” has been considered settled law since 1973.
Second, given the politicization of the judiciary since the Warren Court, should the Justices of the Supreme Court be elected officials serving for limited terms, as are the members of the Legislative and Executive branches of government? The ideal of an impartial and disinterested group of experts regulating the passions of the people currently seems impossible to fulfill. The spectacle of Court nominees appearing before the Seante’s Judiciary Committee only to evade questions and of potential presidential candidates buffing their profiles in courage could appear equally disgusting.