Originally Posted by Jerry
The SCOTS weren’t/aren’t to "interpret" the constitution. They are to decide if a lower courts ruling fall within the bounds of the Constitution as written. The Constitution and the original Amendments to it are written in pretty simple language. It’s all the “interpretations” that have muddied the waters. If one reads the words of the founders then reads the Constitution simply as written there is no need for interoperation. It says what is says.
I only meant they weren't intended to have the power they do today to effectively modify the Constitution with rulings. They have no magical knowledge and don't hold seances to ask the Founders what they really meant. In no way were a handful of men, who were not elected and are appointed for life, supposed to the the "Lords of the Constitution" and the keeper of all it's secrets. Their main purpose was to be a referee between the States and in other situations where the US was a party.