Since then SCOTUS is stuck in the middle of every brawl, battle, bar room fight, squabble and spitting and pissing contest Democrats and Republicans have engaged in before, during and since the Civil War.
The court is both loved and hated, revered and despised, aggrandized and blamed. But hey, someone has to do it.
The court has literally split the baby in dozens of surprising since 1800. Ten examples include,
- Brown v. Board of Education (busing and forced segregation)
- Roe v. Wade (how Planned Parenthood got it's teeth)
- Miranda v. Arizona (giving bad guys another way to get a mistrial)
- Marbury v. Madison (SCOTUS told James Madison 'whose your daddy')
- District of Columbia v. Heller (yes Ms Feinstein guns are a right)
- Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (unions and corps same-same)
- Plessy v. Ferguson (blacks equal under law, separate on the bus)
- Bush v. Gore (537 votes for the win)
- Lawrence v. Texas (gay decriminalization)
- Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857 decision leading to civil war)