Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

In Neil Gorsuch, Trump Kept His Promise to the American People ^ | April 10, 2018 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 04/10/2018 5:42:05 PM PDT by Kaslin

On April 10, Justice Neil Gorsuch will celebrate his first anniversary on the United States Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and his supporters should celebrate as well, because in Gorsuch, Trump kept one of his core campaign promises to the American people.

During his campaign, Trump promised that if elected, he would appoint Supreme Court justices like the late Justice Antonin Scalia: judges who respect the Constitution and interpret it based on how it was originally understood rather than his own personal policy preferences. Trump then took the unprecedented step of releasing a list of judges from which he would select his nominee. This move allowed voters to see and decide for themselves what they thought of his possible selections.

The list helped Trump win the election: an exit poll found that for one in five voters, a president’s appointments to the Supreme Court was “the most important factor” in their decision—and these voters went for Trump over Hillary Clinton, 57 to 40 percent. Voters knew that if Hillary won the election, she would select liberal justices who would legislate from the bench, who would interpret the Constitution based on what they wished it said, not what it actually says. In fact, during the campaign Clinton boasted that she had “a bunch of litmus tests” for her nominees, meaning she expected them not to be impartial and approach each case on its merits, but to vote certain ways to achieve her preferred policy ends.

In sharp contrast, Trump offered a list that was carefully crafted to include only thoughtful, principled jurists with a record of interpreting the Constitution with both originalism and textualism. In doing so, he gave Americans a voice in the determining the direction of the Supreme Court.

Just days after taking office, Trump followed through on his campaign promise and nominated Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court. Most Democrats desperately tried to block his confirmation despite his obvious qualifications, but they failed, and Gorsuch was confirmed by a 54-45 vote. He was sworn in on April 10, 2017. 

Gorsuch’s track record from his first year on the bench shows Trump—and the American people—chose well. Since his confirmation, Gorsuch has consistently argued in defense of Americans’ constitutional rights. In oral arguments for NIFLA v. Becerra argument, Gorsuch raised objections to California’s law compelling pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise where their clientele can obtain a free or low-cost abortion, arguing the law could “compel” speech from a private speaker. He voiced similar concerns during oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case in which a state agency fined a baker for declining to express a statement that conflicted with his religious beliefs.

The newest justice has also defended property rights as defined by the text of the Constitution. In oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group—a case concerning the ability of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the Patent and Trade Office to nullify patents—Gorsuch noted that strong patents to protect private property “is not a new idea,” but something with strong roots in American law and protected by the Fifth Amendment.

Justice Gorsuch has said that the duty of a judge “is to say what the law is, not what it should be.” That is the hallmark of a fair and independent judge—precisely the sort Trump promised voters. I offer my congratulations to Justice Gorsuch on a great first year, and my thanks to President Trump for keeping his promise.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: constitution; maga; neilgorsuch; presidenttrump; scotus; supremecourt

1 posted on 04/10/2018 5:42:05 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Trump has kept more promises than he made.

2 posted on 04/10/2018 5:52:01 PM PDT by gubamyster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gubamyster
Justice Gorsuch is a YUGE reason why we should pray to God every day that THIS...

....didn't happen.

3 posted on 04/10/2018 5:55:16 PM PDT by DoodleBob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The liberals expressed outrage about Gorsuch, and indicated that it would be the end of the world as we know it, if Gorsuch were confirmed to the Supreme Court.

And here we see, that life has gone on for liberals. No liberals have been deprived of life liberty and pursuit of happiness, or pursuit of liberal goals, by Gorsuch being on the Court.

Sometimes I think liberals overreact and have meltdowns over everything. And that such overreaction only shows how deranged some of them are. And such histrionics hardly help the liberals get anyone else to support their side.

4 posted on 04/10/2018 6:17:42 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoodleBob

off topic, but that Madam President Newsweek special was shipped out prematurely in some places, and some are in the hands of the general public. They weren’t able to recall every single last one of them, when the “shocking” (shocking to liberals) news came out that Hillary had lost the election. I heard that some people consider them to be collector’s items.

5 posted on 04/10/2018 6:19:48 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego

Mrs DoodleBob gave me a copy for Christmas 2016. They are also on eBay. Best. Present. EVER. I would LOVE to get Trump to sign my copy.

6 posted on 04/11/2018 3:35:42 AM PDT by DoodleBob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: DoodleBob
Justice Gorsuch is a YUGE reason why we should pray to God every day that THIS…

....didn't happen.

Amen. But I think you meant give thanks to God . . .

Thing is, The Key to Unhappiness - Denis Prager (5½ minutes, but a jewel) suggests that it is difficult to separate “happiness” and “gratitude.”

This raises the question in my mind whether giving thanks is prayer - or a “sacrifice of praise.” Instead of conventional Christian humility in prayer, is it possible that we would do better to say, “Thanks, God - it’s just what we needed!"

7 posted on 04/11/2018 2:58:12 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (Presses can be 'associated,' or presses can be independent. Demand independent presses.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: conservatism_IS_compassion; LS
Yes, indeed...either give thanks to, or thank God that she didn't get in to office.

I'm copying LS as I believe he posted, right after the election, an analysis that basically showed the closeness and analysis of the vote in PA, MI, and WI. LS (or whoever did the post) said effectively we had Divine Intervention.

I've also run the numbers, and reviewed this awesome detailed, granular analysis of Pennsylvania's results and arrived at a similar conclusion.

I am not (nor is LS in believe) prone to such outbursts though I see an active God in daily life. But in 2016, I think we saw the Invisible Hand of God at work. Thankfully.

8 posted on 04/11/2018 4:33:10 PM PDT by DoodleBob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DoodleBob

I am with ya 100%. I think this was direct divine intervention, and I believe it started when Trump accepted Jesus when he was meeting with Billy Graham. Not sure the date, but I think it was 2013 or so.

There is simply no other explanation for how he could survive such a money/media/political Deep State onslaught.

9 posted on 04/12/2018 9:12:46 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually" (Hendix))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: LS
There was a great article right after the election about Kellyanne Conway's deep Catholic faith, and how she reportedly took Donald Trump to meet Father George Rutler, an Anglican convert priest and pastor of St. Michael's church in New York City (the article has a typo) in Manhattan, who blessed the future president just days before his election.

I've met Fr. Rutler...he is a devout, pious man. Witness his article about Trump's Warsaw speech. Solid. Fr. Rutler would NOT just "hand out" blessings to any old pol.

Further to your point, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a number of unreported attempts to derail Pres. Trump (both mortal and strategic) that are, well, handled Divinely, shall we say. I truly, truly, believe we're seeing something different this time around.

10 posted on 04/12/2018 9:49:52 AM PDT by DoodleBob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: DoodleBob

I think these prayer meetings in the WH are THE most important thing going on right now, and Mulehead doesn’t have a chance as long as these continue.

The AL football team, for example, was awesome.

11 posted on 04/12/2018 9:54:49 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually" (Hendix))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson