Judging by the recent developments in the Supreme Court, are the courts losing legitimacy?

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Echoing what other conservative Americans think, Mark Levin, radio host, said of the Supreme Court of the United States,

But it [the Supreme Court ]does not deserve the reverence that we give it and John Roberts has demonstrated exactly why. He went political.... This is the most reckless, activist decision -- people have said it and they're exactly right -- since Roe v. Wade. I've never seen anything like this.

In the discussion of the recent decisions, one citizen makes an important point.

One must stand with the Constitution, not cave into the threats to destroy it....[Her opinion here continues] This sets an extremely dangerous precedent. How can the Constitution be upheld when the leader in charge of safe-guarding it can be manipulated?

As a matter of fact, prior to the decisions, there were letters sent to citizens, among them myself, asking for contributions to Chief Justice because of the pressure being exerted upon him regarding forthcoming decisions.  This seemed odd since Supreme Court justices are not elected as are state judges. 

It would appear that some recent decisions are partisan, like some others that have been made in the past in which the Constitution has been aborted. The appointment of justices by presidents of both parties has often seemed politically motivated--this is nothing new.  But, the change in Chief Justice Roberts has left many people bewildered. Time magazine predicted that Chief Justice Kennedy would be the "decider."

Unfortunately, as time goes on and the balance of politicos becomes stronger, the courts of the United States may become more like the state courts where judges are, obviously, partisan.