Last night America waited in anticipation over President Trump’s announcement for his Supreme Court nominee. As conservatives celebrated the news of the president’s decision to nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, liberals immediately began losing their minds over President Trump’s “terrifying” choice, as Gorsuch’s conservative record for preserving America’s core values began to surface. As Americans clash over whether Justice Gorsuch will be good for our country, here’s what you need to know, originally compiled by our friends over at Conservative Review:
1. His academic background is extremely impressive
Gorsuch received his undergraduate at Columbia University, then went on to get his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He then earned his doctorate from Oxford after studying under the titanic legal philosopher and natural lawyer John Finnis.
2. He confirmed, he would mark a historic first for America
Gorsuch first clerked under Justice Byron White, then went on to work as a clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed as our new Presume Court Justice, this would be the first time a Supreme Court justice sat on the same bench as a jurist for whom he’d previously clerked.
3. He understands the struggle of being a Conservative on a liberal campus
He has quite an impressive record for being a conservative, beginning 30 years ago as a student in journalism. “While in college, Mr. Gorsuch co-founded a newspaper and a magazine at Columbia University. Both publications – The Morningside Review (the magazine) and The Federalist (the newspaper) – were intended to counter what Mr. Gorsuch and his co-founders saw as the predominance of liberal political views at Columbia during the mid-to-late 1980s.
4. He’s not a fan of litigation
He’s not a fan of leftist frivolous lawsuit mongers, and in 2005 in an op-ed for in National Review, called out the left’s obsession with what Justice Scalia called “social transformation without representation”
5. He’s pro term-limits
According to a 1992 paper he co-authored shortly after finishing law school at Harvard: Recognizing that men are not angels, the Framers of the Constitution put in place a number of institutional checks designed to prevent abuse of the enormous powers they had vested in the legislative branch. Bicameralism, frequent elections, staggered terms, differing qualifications, shared and exclusive powers, and state control over election procedures are all examples of the mechanisms the Framers crafted with the hope of ensuring a responsive yet responsible legislature. A term limit, we suggest, is simply an analogous procedure designed to advance much the same substantive end.
6. He’s written many books on the issues of life
After studying the issue at Oxford, Gorsuch penned a book about the moral and legal arguments surrounding the end-of-life debate, entitled “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” Published by Princeton University Press, the work is cited extensively in Ryan Anderson’s Heritage Foundation paper on physician-assisted suicide from 2015.
7. He’s a legend when it comes to his knowledge of federal regulations administrative law
One area where Neil Gorsuch appears to be more of an originalist than Justice Scalia is on the question of giving federal agencies the ability to interpret statutes themselves and make de-facto regulations.
8. He’s no fan of over-criminalization
In a 2013 lecture at the Federalist Society, Gorsuch tackled head on the problem of having far too many laws on the books saying:
“What about our criminal justice system, you might ask. It surely bears its share of ironies too. Consider this one. Without question, the discipline of writing the law down—of codifying it—advances the law’s interest in fair notice. But today we have about 5,000 federal criminal statutes on the books, most of them added in the last few decades, and the spigot keeps pouring, with literally hundreds of new statutory crimes inked every single year.”
“Neither does that begin to count the thousands of additional regulatory crimes buried in the federal register. There are so many crimes cowled in the numbing fine print of those pages that scholars have given up counting and are now debating their number.”
“When he led the Senate Judiciary Committee, Joe Biden worried that we have assumed a tendency to federalize, ‘Everything that walks, talks, and moves.’ Maybe we should say ‘hoots’ too, because it’s now a federal crime to misuse the likeness of Woodsy the Owl. (As were his immortal words: ‘Give a hoot, don’t pollute!’) Businessmen who import lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes can be brought up on charges. Mattress sellers who remove that little tag? Yes, they’re probably federal criminals too.”
9. When it comes to due rights, he pulls no punches
Another notable area of Neil Gorsuch’s jurisprudence revolves around the Fourth Amendment and his decisions on issues surrounding search and seizure — especially as they relate to technology and cyber security. “New technologies bring with them not only new opportunities for law enforcement to catch criminals,” he wrote in an opinion in U.S. v. Denson, “but also new risks for abuse and new ways to invade constitutional rights.”
10. He won’t be easy to confirm
th a resume this impressive, Senate Democrats are going to put up one hell of a fight to get someone more “mainstream,” as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (F, 2%) has demanded. Republicans will either have to get rid of the filibuster for judicial nominations or invoke the two-speech rule to get Gorsuch onto the bench.
Of course liberals are completely losing their minds over President Trump’s pick, saying that Justice Gorsuch would infringe on the rights of women, with Occupy Democrats labeling him a “religious activist” who would “impair the rights vital to the healthcare of women.”
Liberals are also furious at Justice Gorsuch’s record with the EPA, where they claim that he pushes for “more toxic waste” to be dumped into America.
He sounds like a great choice to me! Be sure to share this article if you support President Trump’s pick for SCOTUS!
H/T [Conservative Review]