When I started reading the prompt for this week’s blog post, I immediately wanted to write about E.L. James and her new hit book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” that has recently taken the world by storm. However, once I read the categories, I realized that this was impossible (sadly). Hopefully she will come to campus someday, because I would love to meet her.
After canvassing the categories, I decided to go with the category of ‘Politics and modern media’. I believe this category to be the most important for my generation in particular. Politics has a strong influence on the opinions of citizens, including long-term issues and current affairs. What really scares me is that it seems young people today think little about politics and how it affects them. Moreover, most students that I have spoken with on the subject usually just relay the opinions of their parents (scary!!!!).
Under the category of ‘Politics and Modern Media’, I would like to add Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the list. The Supreme Court Chief Justice has been a reliable conservative for years, until he suddenly switched sides during the highest-stakes Supreme Court case on Obamacare this past summer. By siding with the liberals in a 5 to 4 decision, he was the deciding factor in upholding “the biggest, most expensive, and most significant law President Obama passed while president”. This decision prompted Roberts to arguably become America’s most important judge. At the age of 57, it seems that he is on track to maintaining this status for generations to come. Although it would probably be impossible to bring him to campus, it would still be worth the effort to try (He did speak at Rice University, so there is some hope)!! I would love to hear, first hand, what led to his decision.
He is without a doubt one of the most interesting people (along with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) that I have had the privilege of speaking with. I had the opportunity to meet him (and dance with him) at my older sister’s wedding back in 2009. My sister clerked for Justice Ginsberg, while my brother-in-law clerked for John Roberts. It would be amazing to be able to bring him to campus to talk about his judicial ruling, and his rationale behind the major switch from conservative to liberal views.
It was hard to find him speaking on the subject matter, but I did manage to find his Rice University presentation speech at the following link: