WASHINGTON, D.C. – Day one of the Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was made up of opening statements. There were those from the senators, of course, which varied in usefulness, and then the opening statement of Barrett herself.
The latter confirmed what many Republicans already know: Barrett is an originalist, formed in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked, and places priority on interpreting the U.S. Constitution as written, not as she wishes it were.
That approach to the bench is problematic for so many Democrats, that wish the constitution did not say what it says; that government was not so limited to affect the kind of justice (policy) the Left is most interested; that the individual was not so sacrosanct in our ultimate governing documents.
Justice, according to Barrett, has a prerequisite. It can only be achieved in a nation of laws, and must never be pursued as a nation of men. So, then, in this Constitutional, republican framework, social justice, racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, etc., are not held as justice at all. They are, after all, an affront to the rule of law built on individual rights.
And that is why Democrats will attack Barrett on Day 2 of the hearings. Fortunately, Barrett is more than capable of answering to these pointed questions. If you want to watch the Senator Feinsteins of the committee get embarrassed, you’ll want to tune it below: