Supreme Court Nominee said on Monday during his confirmation hearing that he will uphold the Constitution as written which is sure to excite conservatives.
Judge Neil Gorsuch gave his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on the first day of hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In it he unpacked his views on the job of unelected judges in a democratic republic, giving his personal story and pledging to be a public servant who faithfully follows the Constitution and the laws enacted by the people’s elected representatives.
“Judging is sometimes a lonely and hard job,” Gorsuch mused, in a wide-ranging speech that ranged from the dramatic, to the humorous, to reflections — at times showing deep passion, and on two occasions even getting emotional.
Reflecting on the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a friend and mentor whose seat on the High Court Gorsuch would fill, the Silver State native said he learned the lesson “that words matter, that the judge’s job is to follow the words that are in the law, not replace them with those that aren’t.”
Turning more philosophical, he discussed another hero who occupied that same seat on the Supreme Court in the 1940s and 50s, Justice Robert Jackson. From Jackson’s writings Gorsuch learned, “When you become a judge, you fiercely defend only one client: the law.”
This is not Obama’s America anymore.
The days of trashing the Constitution are over.
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