Tuesday night, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a brilliant choice that will keep the late Antonin Scalia’s legacy alive in the judicial branch. Gorsuch has an impeccable record of constitutional originalism, a philosophy that has guided him towards wise, conservative rulings in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” Gorsuch recently wrote. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”
In his career, Gorsuch has consistently opposed liberal judicial activism, preferring instead to use the text of the law – and, ultimately, of the Constitution – to arrive at his conclusions. His outlook on the role of the judiciary has led him to decisions that stand up for religious liberty.
From the New York Times:
He voted in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, a family-owned company that objected to regulations under the Affordable Care Act requiring many employers to provide free contraception coverage. Similarly, he dissented from a decision not to rehear a ruling requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, to comply with an aspect of the regulations.
Before becoming a judge, Gorsuch penned an essay for National Review where he took liberals to task for using the bench as a replacement for representative democracy.
“American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education,” he wrote. “This overweening addiction to the courtroom as the place to debate social policy is bad for the country and bad for the judiciary.”
If confirmed, Gorsuch will once again tip the Supreme Court in favor of conservatism. And at 49, he could have many years in front of him as a stalwart defender of the Constitution.
For conservatives who were hesitant to support Donald Trump, the Gorsuch nomination is the fulfillment of a bargain the billionaire made on the campaign trail. Knowing he needed to get the skeptics on board, Trump produced a list of potential Supreme Court nominees and promised to choose one of them to replace Scalia. On Tuesday, he lived up to his end of the deal.
What more can voters ask?