For Senator Patrick Leahy. Why? Because Senator Leahy has nothing but contempt for the constitution and the founders who wrote it.
I’ve long known the senator was an advocate of a “living constitution”, one that can be shaped and molded for modern conditions. A first amendment where speakers whose views one group doesn’t agree with can be labeled as “hate speech” and shouted down, often with violence. I don’t recall our senior Senator making any remarks about that recent confrontation at Middlebury College. I gather by his silence that that he approved.
Quoting Senator Leahy.
“It has been 25 years since an originalist has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Given what we’ve seen from Justice Scalia, and Justice Thomas and Judge Gorsuch on record, I worry that it goes beyond being a philosophy and it becomes an agenda.”
“It’s important to understand — determine whether you understand the court has a profound impact on small businesses and workers, on law enforcement and victims, on families and children across America,” Leahy said.
“It is not contrary to the duties and obligations of a Supreme Court justice to consider the effects of their rulings,” he added. (He said nothing about Congress considering the effects of its laws.)
Leahy said the confirmation hearing will help the Senate decide if Gorsuch is “committed to the fundamental rights of all Americans”:
“Will you allow the government to include our Americans’ personal privacy and freedom? Will you elevate the rights of corporations over those of real people? And will you rubberstamp a president whose administration has asserted that executive power is not subject to judicial review?” he asked.
Mr. Leahy doesn’t seem to recall a little thing called the “bill of rights”“, which in some ways is very similar to the “Ten Commandments” in that it’s full of “thou shalt not’s” . It tells the government want it can’t do, “congress shall make no law…” etc .
A Constitutional “originalist” is just what we need to protect everyone’s rights . Poor and the rich, majority or minority. Lady Justice is supposed to be blind. With a “living constitution” the blindfold comes off. Which in this present age of political correctness perhaps its already removed.
Leahy’s college Senator Dianne Feinstein of California also chimed in.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking member, also expressed concern about “originalist” philosophy:
“Judge Gorsuch has also stated that he believes judges should look to the original, public meaning of the Constitution when they decide what a provision of the Constitution means. This is personal, but I find this originalist, judicial philosophy to be really troubling,” Feinstein said. “In essence, it means that judges and courts should evaluate our constitutional rights and privileges as they were understood in 1789.
“However, to do so would not only ignore the intent of the framers, but the Constitution would be a framework on which to build. But it severely limits the genius of what our Constitution upholds. I firmly believe the American Constitution is a living document, intended to evolve as our country evolves.”
Aside from the fact that the Constitution can and does evolve, through the process of Constitutional amendments of which there are 27. But this isn’t good enough for these two would be commissars who seem to embrace the idea that though all people are equal, some people are more equal then others.
Democrats are more equal then Republicans.
Muslims, liberal billionaires, radical feminist, trans genders, Jews in name only, gay people, are much more equal then straight (white or minority) Christian males and females.
If only the Constitution could be amended by a simple decree and to have the force to enforce. Like the old Soviet Union that they long admired.
I have nothing but contempt!