WASHINGTON, D.C. – If, a year ago, you were told Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would pass away, and a conservative judge in the mold of Justice Anthony Scalia would be nominated, confirmed, and sworn in barely a week before election day 2020, you might have thought it’d be the biggest, most breathlessly reported story of the election cycle.
It is a testament to the surreal nature of 2020 that it is not. It IS, however, a very big deal that President Donald Trump has sworn in his third nominee to the Supreme Court in four years.
Amy Coney Barrett became Justice Amy Coney Barrett Monday night when she was sworn in to the high court by fellow Justice Clarence Thomas.
In comments at the ceremony, President Donald Trump emphasized the importance of judges who interpret federal laws and the U.S. Constitution as written, taking care to not ‘legislate from the bench.’
This is precisely why Democrats are so opposed Barrett’s addition to the Supreme Court. The allusions to election proximity are mere excuses. Democrats and the Left know that a justice that holds to the Constitution is necessarily an impediment to their agenda. Senate Democrats reveal as much when they describe Barrett’s confirmation and swearing in as ‘one of the darkest days in Senate history.
This may seem, at once, obvious and unremarkable in 2020, but think about that; The United States Constitution is an impediment to the Left’s agenda.
This is why such a nomination, the president’s third in his first term, is so incredibly important. If Trump loses this election, if the Democrats take the Senate, the Supreme Court may be the only thing standing in the way of completely abandoning the Constitution, the principles therein, and the American idea itself.
A North Carolinian that recognizes the significance of this judicial appointment is Republican candidate for governor Dan Forest, who had this to say upon Justice Barrett being sworn in:
“The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States is a major win for the rule of law. Throughout the entire confirmation process Judge Barrett displayed an impeccable understanding of the Constitution. Her qualifications, judicial record, life experiences and outstanding character will make her an excellent Supreme Court Justice for years to come. President Trump has delivered once again on his promise to nominate judges that will uphold the Constitution as written.”
And it doesn’t stop with Barrett, of course. President Donald Trump has placed hundreds of federal judges over his first term, a major contribution to a lasting legacy and confirmation for the scores of 2016 voters that pointed to the future of the Supreme Court and wider judiciary as the reason they cast ballots for Trump.
So, as we all worry about what the next week will bring, let us rejoice in Barrett’s addition to high court and hope for more victories for the rule of law going forward.