The Supreme Court is one of the most sacred institutions in our government. Judges appointed to the Court are given the job for life. They’re expected to be independent and focused on whether or not laws are constitutional. However, the authoritarian left does not care about the Constitution. Instead of judges deciding cases based on what the founders intended, liberals would rather have them base their decisions around their personal desires. Fortunately, President Trump has made it clear that he will only appoint justices who promise to use restraint. He’s already appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch and is expected to appoint another soon.
According to reports, a senior Supreme Court Justice is considering stepping down. Sources say they may retire as early as this summer. If someone steps down, Trump will be able to appoint another justice, which would shift the balance of the court to the right.
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, gave a speech at Kent Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa, his home state. In response to a question, he told those in attendance that an upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court was “rumored,” and added that he personally “would expect a resignation this summer.” Since Grassley heads the Judiciary Committee, which is the group tasked with approving the next Justice, many believe Grassley knows something everyone else doesn’t. When asked about whether or not the new Justice will be chosen from the same list used for Gorsuch, Grassley said, “I don’t know about racial and ethnic divisions, but there’s some very good females on there that would make good Supreme Court Justices as well.” Unfortunately, he didn’t provide any additional details.
He also suggested that there may be more than one resignation coming up. The Justices likely to retire are Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer. Ginsburg and Breyer tend to be more liberal, and Kennedy is normally a swing vote. If any of them resign, it’s likely that Trump will replace them with another “originalist” like Gorsuch. Originalists believe that the Constitution should be understood the way the original writers intended. Those who disagree with this notion, such as liberals like Ginsburg, argue that the Constitution is a “living document,” which should be interpreted differently at different points in time. Originalists believe that this leads to decisions being based on one’s own preference rather than the actual law and absolutely oppose it. Since many cases are currently decided 5-4, usually in favor of the liberals, replacing a progressive with a conservative would shift the balance of the court, making it less judicially active in the process.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest judge on the Court, is the most likely candidate to retire. Her recent behavior has proven that she is no longer fit to serve. Earlier this year, she mistakenly referred to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as one of the “women of the Senate.” Although it’s probably the case that her assistants wrote the speech, she’s still responsible for not catching the mistake. She either didn’t read her speech before giving it or she doesn’t know who the Senator is. Either way, she needs to step down.
Although Trump is expected to appoint at least one other judge sometime during his four years as President, it’s not guaranteed. If the justices wait until the next election year to retire, Grassley has made it clear that Republicans will start the nomination process after the election. “If there’s a vacancy in the last year of a presidency, people ought to have a voice,” he reasoned.
Holding off on the nomination process during an election year is not a new idea. Back in 1992, former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, argued that if a Supreme Court Seat became available during the election year, President George H. W. Bush should not nominate anyone. Grassley claims he’s just “taking the same view that Democrats did.”
However, if a seat becomes vacant before an election year, liberals still upset over the fact that Judge Merrick Garland wasn’t given a hearing during an election year will be able to do very little to stop Trump from appointing a new Justice. This is because, in order to get Gorsuch confirmed, GOP senators invoked the “nuclear option,” which officially lowered the number of votes needed for a super majority to a simple majority. That meant in order to be approved, justices now only need fifty-one votes instead of the original sixty. Gorsuch was successfully given the position by a vote of 54-45. Three Democratic Senators, Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) recognized that he was extremely qualified and voted against their own party.
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Many were outraged that the “nuclear option” was used. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized the rule change, saying, “we will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court.”
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also opposed to the change. He released a statement saying, “I fear today’s action will irreparably damage the uniqueness of the Senate, and along with it, any hope of restoring meaningful bipartisanship. When then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) changed the Senate rules in 2013, there was no one more critical of his actions than me.”
McCain is a well-known supporter of the filibuster. Upon learning that a colleague of his thought destroying the filibuster was a great for the Senate, he said, “I would like to meet that idiot. I would like to meet that numbskull that would say that, that after 200 years — at least 100 years — of this tradition where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it’d be a good idea to blow it up.” Despite his comments, the filibuster was eliminated.
Under President Trump, the Supreme Court’s left-leaning bias will come to an end. As liberals leave the court, he will replace them with conservatives. This will ensure that the Court’s decisions are based on the merits, not political ideology.