Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gorsuch and the Constitution

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the liberal concerns about judges, using the Constitution to weigh decisions. It seems that liberals prefer judges to pull their decisions out of thin air rather than use the Supreme Law of the land. However, the Founders had different ideas when they created this law.

            The Constitution grants “the power to interpret the law of the United States” to the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts. They are to hold office “during good behavior” and to be paid for their services. The Judicial Learning Center site has the following statement. 

Our founders understood that judges who are able to apply the law freely and fairly are essential to the rule of law. The Constitution guarantees our rights on paper, but this would mean nothing without independent courts to protect them.

In our unique judicial system, courts are protected from the influence of other branches of government, as well as shifting popular opinion. This allows the judiciary to make decisions based on what is right under the law, without political or personal consequences.

            Liberals have tried to undermine the Constitution for years, so it should be no surprise to see them attacking the newest Justice on the Supreme Court. According to Elizabeth Slattery of The Daily Signal, liberals are currently upset with Justice Neil Gorsuch because he frequently reminds listeners of the need to follow the Constitution. He habitually cites this necessity by saying, “Let’s look at what the Constitution says about this … It’s always a good place to start.”  

            Slattery reports that Nina Totenberg “took aim at Gorsuch” on a recently aired “First Mondays” on NPR. Her objection with him is that he brings “things back to first principles at oral argument.” He has a long-standing habit of standing on the originally understood meaning of the Constitution.

            After quoting numerous compliments as well as complaints about Gorsuch, Slattery gets to the real problem with liberals. “According to the left, Gorsuch shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court, and Trump shouldn’t be in the White House. In other words, these criticisms of Gorsuch can be explained as simply another iteration of the resistance movement.”

            The liberals are still resisting the fact that Americans chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton to lead our nation as well as the fact that this lawfully-elected President is selecting judges who follow the Constitution in their arguments and decisions. After an entire year of this resistance, it appears that the left has doubled down in their attempt to destroy the Constitution and do not appreciate Gorsuch for upholding it.

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