I have been away for spring break with my kids and have only followed from a distance the debate triggered by the President’s comments about the Supreme Court. Interestingly, when I got home last night I was reading through my Quick Civics Lessons in the Naturalization Test booklet when I can across this question: What does the judicial branch do?
The answers allowed are:
- reviews laws
- explain laws
- resolves disputes (disagreements)
- decides if a law goes against the Constitution
It goes on to explain that, “If a law is not consistent with the Constitution, the [Supreme] Court can declare it unconstitutional. In this case, the Court rejects the law.” I understand that this a fairly simple explanation — maybe even an over simplification — but that’s what those of us who are taking a civics test to become Americans are learning these days.