POTUS & SCOTUS

AP US Government and Politics

What POTUS appointed the most SCOTUS Justices?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. Who serves longer, on average: British monarchs, Popes, or Supreme Court Justices?*

  4. What presidents did not get to appoint a single Supreme Court Justice?

  5. Do you see any patterns or trends in this data?

  6. What is the big story this data tells?

  7. What is the average number of justices a president appoints per term?

  8. Why do you think that is?

  9. How did President Obama compare to other recent presidents in the number of Supreme Court Justices he was able to appoint?

  10. How does President Trump who has now appointed two SCOTUS Justices, compare to other recent presidents in the number of Supreme Court Justices he has been able to appoint?

  11. Of all the jobs of the president, how important is the nomination of Supreme Court Justices?

  12. How different would our country be if we allowed the new president appoint all 9 members of an entirely new Supreme Court upon election?

  13. The average age of our current Supreme Court is 70.9. President Trump has already filled two vacancies. If history is any guide, explain the total number of Supreme Court Justices you think POTUS Trump will be able to appoint?

  14. Broadly speaking, the SCOTUS is currently divided about half and half, between liberal (4) and conservative (5) justices. Based on his appointment of conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch, And Brett Kavanaugh, what sort of Supreme Court Justices might Trump appoint if given another spot?

  15. Here is a chart of the demographics of the Justices of the SCOTUS. Based on political partisanship. Even though Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the Notorious R.B.G.) was born in 1933, explain why it is unlikely that she will retire soon.

  16. It's all together likely that POTUS Trump will be able to name another 1 or 2 Justices to the bench. What would be some specific ways his remade SCOTUS would likely alter current laws/policy?

  17. Is this good news or bad news?

  18. In Federalist No. 78, ALexander Hamilton wrote about an independent judiciary. Based on this writing, explain whether Hamilton would be pleased with the fact that in American history, the average supreme court justice has served for 16.5 years.

Learning Extension

Read this great WAPO article on how many justices Trump will probably be able to name in his first term.

Action Extension

Contact POTUS Trump and tell him what kind of SCOTUS nominations you think he should make if he has any future openings.

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Alexander Hamilton

How does a bastard, orphan son of a whore
And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean
By providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?

The 10 dollar
Founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter, by 14 they placed him in charge of a trading charter

And everyday while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away
Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow or barter

Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain
Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain

Well the word got around, they said
"This kid is insane, man!"
Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
"Get your education, don't forget from whence you came
And the world's gonna know your name. What's your name man?"

Alexander Hamilton
My name is Alexander Hamilton
And there's a million thing I haven't done
But just you wait, just you wait

When he was 10, his father split, full of it, debt ridden
2 years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden
Half-dead, sitting in their own sick, the scent thick
And Alex got better but his mother went quick

Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide
Left him with nothing but ruined pride, something new inside
A voice saying, "Alex you gotta fend for yourself"
He started retreating and reading every treatise on the shelf

There woulda been nothing left to do for someone less astute
He woulda been dead and destitute without a cent of restutition
Started working, clerking for his late mother's landlord
Trading sugar cane and rum and all the things he can't afford
Scanning for every book he can get his hands on
Planning for the future, see him now as he stands on
The bow of a ship headed for a new land
In New York you can be a new man

Just you wait
(In New York you can be a new man) Just you wait
In New York you can be a new man
In New York (New York)
Just you wait!

Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton), we're waiting in the wings for you (waiting in the wings for you)
You could never back down, you never learned to take your time
Oh, Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton), when America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?
Will they know you rewrote the game?
The world will never be same, oh
The ship is in the harbor now, see if you can spot him
Another immigrant coming up from the bottom
His enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him

We fought with him
Me? I died for him
Me? I trusted him
Me? I loved him
And me? I'm the damn fool that shot him

There's a million thing I haven't done
But just you wait
What's your name man?
Alexander Hamilton!

Songwriters: MIRANDA LIN-MANUEL

Alexander Hamilton lyrics © 5000 Broadway Music

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