By DREW DAWS
Photo credit goes to Breitbart.
President Donald Trump made his announcement for his nomination to the Supreme Court Tuesday evening. Seems fitting—after a slew of executive orders signed during his first week in office, he would not be Donald Trump if he did not shake up government again with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who currently serves as a judge in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gorsuch, who is an older, traditional conservative, views the Constitution from an originalist standpoint, meaning he believes it should be interpreted in the same context as when the Founding Fathers originally wrote the document.
Great. I’m all about conservative values and principles, but it is 2017. With modern technology, the threat of cyber warfare and the state of social liberties in general, maybe Antonin Scalia 2.0 is not the best choice. Whatever happened to Merrick Garland, whom Obama nominated way back in the beginning of 2016?
Garland, who was seen as one of the most moderate judges ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court, was immediately attacked by Republicans after Obama announced his nomination. Garland’s nomination was supposedly disrespectful to the legacy of Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative who left a vacancy on the Court after his unexpected death.
Scalia was consistently a reliable conservative vote when it came to Supreme Court rulings. He was never afraid to speak his mind and made many enemies in the Democratic Party because of it. Trump wants to appoint someone in the image of Justice Scalia. However, what about the justices who came before him? I am not sure how much of an importance one’s legacy plays here.
Because of pushback from Republicans, who believed the Supreme Court nominee should be chosen by whomever won the general election, it essentially became impossible for the Senate to move forward with Garland’s nomination. Strange: It seems like Democrats are pushing back on all of Trump’s appointments. Payback, maybe?
During CNN Town Hall, minutes after Trump’s announcement to nominate Gorsuch, Nancy Pelosi took the stage to attack both Trump and Gorsuch—calling his nomination a danger and threat. You would have thought Pelosi was going to have a stroke. She claims Gorsuch is a threat to women’s rights, largely because he sided with Hobby Lobby in one case, allowing them to deny employees birth control on grounds of religious liberty.
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe the Bible should be left at home when one enters the courtroom, but Hobby Lobby is not some mega-rich corporation. They sell glue sticks and coloring paper. Pelosi might be reaching a bit far with this one, but women’s rights groups and politicians across the country are using the Hobby Lobby case to smear Gorsuch like a piece of chalk they got on aisle eight.
The course of America’s future could be changed. Imagine a Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices.
Should Democrats decide to stall Gorsuch’s nomination process, there is always the threat of the “nuclear option.” No, don’t start screaming and look for a safe space. Trump is not going to start a nuclear war. Should Senate Republican leaders choose, they could vote to change the rules of the Senate. If the rules were changed, Supreme Court nominees would only need 51 votes in the Senate, instead of the 60 currently needed.
Democrats look at this and say to themselves, “Sh*t!” Since Republicans control the Senate they could easily vote to change the rules and have Gorsuch nominated within weeks. And if Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t stop falling asleep during hearings, Republicans could easily push through another Republican nominee!
The course of America’s future could be changed. Imagine a Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices. Imagine the outcry from public and private universities? They would have to bring back out the Play-Doh and puppies like they did after Trump was elected. No safe space would be safe!
While the nuclear option seems like a great threat to American democracy, just remember the Democrats voted on the same issue in 2013, allowing lower-court nominees to be approved with a simple 51-person vote, instead of the original 60…
Supreme Court? Lower Circuit Courts? Clearly there is no differentiation. Not only do Supreme Court appointees have lifetime tenures, but they decide on whether some of our country’s most important legislation is or is not constitutional. Maybe it should be a little more difficult for them to become appointed.
Whether Gorsuch will be approved by the Senate remains to be seen. Trump has already suggested Mitch McConnell use the nuclear option, but everyone is not as radical as Trump! However, I think because it is so hard to predict what Trump will do or say next, Republicans can use that to their advantage.
Trump threatens the nuclear option? Confirm Gorsuch! Don’t open up the possibility to Republicans being able to nominate two or three more justices should any die while Trump is still president! Democrats have yet to realize the reach Trump’s influence could have on the future of this country. Republicans do and plan to use it to their advantage.