As controversy surrounds the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following her death late last week at 87, Democratic Senators are digging in their heels, refusing to vote to fill the position prior to the election. If Trump’s nominee wins the seat, he will have selected 3 of the 9 justices, and will influence policy for years to come.
While Democrats insist that they are “honoring Ruth’s legacy” by waiting for an assumed Biden win in November, they are instead delaying the process in hopes of filling the seat with another Liberal selection.
But while the Left refuses to entertain the thought of another Conservative judge, they are missing out on Trump’s well-deserving and brilliant frontrunner for the position: Amy Coney Barrett.
Not only does President Trump have the opportunity to honor Ginsburg’s legacy by appointing another female justice, Barrett is also an impressive representation of much of America. She is a practicing Roman Catholic, and mother to seven children, two of which are adopted from Haiti. Her youngest biological child has special needs.
Barrett is Exactly What the Left Does Not Want
Unfortunately, Barrett is exactly what the Left does not want filling the shoes of Ginsburg. She is pro-life, supports the Second Amendment, and is a Constitutional originalist. She is "a favorite among religious conservatives", and has voted in favor of the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies.
Barrett has been on President Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees since 2017, shortly after her confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. It has been said that Trump was "saving" Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat for Barrett, if Ginsburg retired or died during Trump's presidency.
Former Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in 2016, was Barrett’s mentor. Barrett has proved to be rational and thoughtful in all of her rulings, despite Democratic insistence that her Roman Catholic beliefs would influence her decision-making.
During Barrett's nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein declared that, "the dogma lives loudly within you, and that is a concern." Democratic Senator Dick Durbin followed by asked Barrett whether she was an "orthodox Catholic" and criticized her previous use of the term, saying it "unfairly maligns Catholics who do not hold certain positions about abortion or the death penalty." The issue prompted questions about the application of Article VI, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
Five of the current Supreme Court Justices are Catholic, one of which was nominated by Barack Obama.
Barrett is a Brilliant Choice
Love him or hate him, Trump has made a brilliant choice in selecting Barrett as a frontrunner for the seat. Barrett graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Rhodes College, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa member. She then attended Notre Dame Law School as a Kiley Fellow (a full-tuition scholarship). Barrett graduated first in her class from Notre Dame law in 1997, which earned her the Hoynes Prize, the Law School's highest honor.
In 2002, Barrett returned to Notre Dame Law School to teach, and was named a Professor of Law in 2010. Barrett received the "distinguished professor of the year" award three times. She taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts, Constitutional Theory Seminar, and Statutory Interpretation Seminar. She has been praised by peers and colleagues throughout her career.
The Left may be holding out for a Biden win and Liberal appointment to the bench, but in the process they are missing out on a truly worthwhile candidate. With Democratic legislators becoming increasingly unwilling to work together with Republicans on any issues at all, the real losers are the American people, who are left with childish arguments instead of responsible public servants.