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If we did not have the protection of Constitutional Rights there would be regional pockets of intolerance where the prevailing majorities would pass laws that violate the rights of the minorities. There would be no balance. It is part of human nature for the powerful to take advantage, and control, of the less powerful in order to further their own desires and self interests. If that were to happen we would descend into a quagmire of hodge-podge laws and we would lose the stability and intelligence of the national framework of equality we now experience.

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Without a (federal or state) supreme court, there would only be one avenue of appeal, and the case would remain within the territorial jurisdiction of the (for example) District Court and US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts. There would be no way of resolving differences of opinions (Circuit splits) between courts in different Circuits, creating a system of common law in which laws are applied inconsistently. Not only would this create great confusion, it would also result in constitutional due process and equal protection violations that couldn't be resolved.

Each Circuit would apply its own constitutional interpretation, which could vary widely depending on the general ideology of the region.

The Supreme Court effectively operates as a check on the court system, ensuring laws are interpreted and applied (at least somewhat) consistently.

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==One Answer== If we did not have the protection of Constitutional Rights there would be regional pockets of intolerance where the prevailing majorities would pass laws that violate the rights of the minorities. There would be no balance. It is part of human nature for the powerful to take advantage, and control, of the less powerful in order to further their own desires and self interests. If that were to happen we would descend into a quagmire of hodge-podge laws and we would lose the stability and intelligence of the national framework of equality we now experience.

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