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Describe two limits put upon the power of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Two of the most important limits on the Supreme Court’s power are its inability to actively legislate on any issue it likes and its lack of enforcement power.

The Supreme Court cannot enforce its own decision.  It has to rely on the executive to do that.  If the Court makes a decision that is too far outside what people will accept, the executive might simply refuse to enforce it.

The Supreme Court cannot make laws on whatever issues it wants to.  The Supreme Court, for example, cannot fashion an alternative to “Obamacare” and force that into law.  All the Court can do is wait for cases to be brought before it and rule on those cases.

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