A jurist for all seasons
Armstrong Williams | 3/30/2017, 12:40 p.m.
The United States Supreme Court is the crown jewel of our Constitution. It is the steward of our most cherished liberties that are shielded from the whims of fleeting majority opinions: religious liberty, freedom of speech, due process, the right to be left alone, the right to keep and bear arms and the great writ of habeas corpus. Liberals would transform our Constitution, anchored in the eternities of human nature, into a document indistinguishable from a restricted railroad ticket good for this day and this train only. The Constitution would be amended by judicial decree in lieu of the political processes required by Article V.
The mainstream media is a megaphone for the liberals. Having lost in the political arena, they seek refuge in the Supreme Court, primarily through the notorious “swing” vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here is one example of the Justice’s creative approach to constitutional interpretation: “Freedom extends beyond spatial bounds. Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression and certain intimate conduct. The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.”
Now imagine what America would be like if there were more Anthony Kennedys appointed to the court, which is what liberals covet. To prevent that nightmare, conservatives must fight for Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Gorsuch, who currently sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, is a well accomplished jurist. His intellectual mentor was the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who interpreted the Constitution according to its text and meaning as intended by its architects. Their safeguard against the risk of the Constitution’s antiquation was the amendment process enshrined in Article V. They rejected Supreme Court Justices acting as Platonic Guardians to preside over the reduction of citizens to serfs.
Bloomberg columnist Noah Feldman recently wrote, “[D]on’t expect much more on the Supreme Court during this election season. When the dust has settled, however, the Supreme Court will return to the front pages very quickly indeed, and the question of who will succeed Scalia will be one of the most pressing issues facing the new president, whoever it is.”
Well guess what? He was correct. But the mainstream media have attempted to ignore Gorsuch’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings by focusing instead on the possible collusion between President Trump and Russia, although there has yet to be any convincing evidence of such a link. Instead of focusing on the nominee who will influence constitutional jurisprudence for decades, media outlets are attempting to distract us by inflating the importance of the release of DNC authentic emails to Hillary Clinton’s stupendous electoral defeat.
Gorsuch attended law school with President Obama. He studied at Columbia and at Oxford in Great Britain. He clerked for two Supreme Court justices, and served as a high level official in the United States Department of Justice. He was unanimously confirmed as a United States Circuit Judge to the 10th Circuit July 20, 2006. He has labored for a decade as an appellate jurist and earned high praise from his colleagues and scholars.