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 19, 2017

Gorsuch: Originalist and Textualist

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the importance for judges to stay faithful to the Constitution. One such judge is Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch who spoke during the 2017 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. According to Rachel del Guidice at The Daily Signal, Gorsuch said that judges should be “applying pre-existing law” and made the following statements.

A person can be both a committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Even if … you might find yourself the only person in a class or in your office who holds to textualism, it would still be OK to say so, because what matters isn’t whether an idea is popular, what matters is whether it is right.

Originalism has regained its place at the table with the Constitution interpretation and textualism in the reading of statutes… and neither one is going anywhere on my watch.

            Gorsuch has been making national headlines since he was nominated for Supreme Court by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017, on a vote of 54-45. Conservatives are grateful for his nomination and confirmation. We hope that he is followed by other “originalist and textualist” nominees.

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