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March 22, 2017

 

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One of the reasons many voters decided to vote for Donald Trump was because of the Supreme Court. He promised he would nominate a conservative Judge for the vacancy on the Court. In Judge Neil McGill Gorsuch a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit it appears he has done just that.

As usual the opposition party aka the media and the Dem0crat Party are trying to turn what is an important part of our system of government into a sideshow. This happens from both sides of the aisle although the Dems seem to take it further. They can do that since the media will not ridicule them as the imbeciles. Republicans that ask tough questions of Democrat nominees are made out to be radical bomb throwers.

The Neil Gorsuch hearing was no different.

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Gorsuch appears to be a quiet man, with a wry, self-deprecating humor which he showed several times in his statement. My crystal ball doesn’t tell me what kind of a Justice he will make but I found him, to all appearances, a good and decent man. I do think he will be a thoughtful Justice and that is all to the good.

On the first day of the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick to fill Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (R-Calif.) used her time to gin up as much fear as possible about Judge Neil Gorsuch.

However, in trying to cast aspersion on Gorsuch’s philosophy and his case history, the senator did little more than offer a list of things to reassure those who voted for Trump based on the Supreme Court that they made the right decision.

For instance, take her opening mission statement:

Our job [as Democrats] is to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable, mainstream conservative, or is he not.

This is no surprise from the Senior Senator from California. She only appeared “reasonable” over the years in contrast to bat-crap crazy Barbara Boxer.

Then there was the abomination from Minnesota aka Senator Al Franken.

Franken To Gorsuch: Defend Bureaucracy From Trump/Bannon 

On Monday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) expressed concerns Judge Neil Gorsuch is insufficiently committed to protecting federal bureaucratic power from President Donald Trump and White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon.

The Supreme Court, said Franken, must protect federal regulatory agencies’ powers – drawn via extra-constitutional congressional delegation –  from the Trump administration’s stated commitment to “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

As disgusting as it may seem that a twit like Franken can hector a jurist of Gorsuch’s distinction it is actually, IMO, a benefit of the free speech we allow in this country. No where else would an imbecile like Franken been allowed to out himself, as an imbecile quite so publicly. Hey Minnesota, you can do better than this!

One of the leftist complaints about Judge Gorsuch is that he’s  an Originalist.

The late Justice Antonin Scalia once mocked the inference that being a member of this legal school of thought was indicative that one might also consume human flesh.

Just what is an “Originalist?”

From Wikipedia comes this:

In the context of United States constitutional interpretation, originalism is a way to interpret the Constitution’s meaning as stable from the time of enactment, and which can only be changed by the steps set out in Article Five of the Constitution. The term originated in the 1980s.

Meanwhile outside the hearing the media managed, as they always do, to find some POS to make an accusation of either sexism or racism again the Judge. Sexism this time. It was quickly debunked but still it lays out there, like a dead fish stinking up our country and is believed by those who want to believe it.

The attack came from a former Democratic operative for Sen. Tom Udall (D-CO). This aide, Jennifer Sisk, accused the appellate jurist of sexism when Gorsuch, who was teaching a class at the University of Colorado Law School. He reportedly said that women “intentionally manipulate” companies concerning paid maternity leave.

That claim blew up when another student said no such inference or animus was ever present during this discussion.

The Washington Post managed to make a great statement from Gorsuch into a semi-attack on him when they wrote:

Judge Neil Gorsuch promised to remember the “modest station we judges are meant to occupy in a democracy” if he is elevated to the nation’s highest court, as the hearing on his Supreme Court nomination began Monday amidst Democratic doubts about his impartial­ity and lingering resentment over the circumstances of his selection.

See what they did there? Gorsuch made a statement that outlines what he believes the role of the Supreme Court should be, “modest station we judges are meant to occupy in a democracy” and the biased people at WaPo had to add in some contentious rhetoric. In a very long and not well written sentence I might add. I do that sometimes myself, but I don’t work for one of the largest and most “prestigious” newspapers in the country. It was tacky to say the lest.

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I don’t know if confirmation hearings were always about the “gotcha” or not. I don’t know if the opposing party, which in this case includes the disgustingly biased media,  was always looking for the one word, the one phrase, the one awkwardly phrased sentence that they could use to bring someone down. The ones I’ve watch in the last few years have certainly been like that.

Today is the last day of hearings and I’ve no doubt that the Dems will try their best worst to tarnish this man. So far they’ve failed miserably. However it does showcase  what we’ve become. We don’t want the best man or woman on the court, we want our man or woman on the court.

What I want is an originalist. I want someone who makes their decisions based on the law and the Constitution. Neil Gorsuch seems to be such a man. But then, we’ve been fooled before.

All we can do is pray that Judge Neil Gorsuch is the man he appears to be. If that is so we will have replaced a “Scalia” with a “Scalia” and that will be good.

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