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Letter: Appointment of Gorsuch fills many of us with hope

Appointment of Gorsuch fills many of us with hope

First let me say that I think that what the Republican senators did to Merrick Garland was disgraceful. They should have held hearings on his nomination and then resoundingly rejected his nomination in a full floor vote. Having said that, what a delight to have read the report in The News on Justice Neil Gorsuch’s questions and comments in his first session. Unlike the four liberals on the Supreme Court, he clearly believes in the Constitution, not in the judicial branch’s right to legislate from the bench. Garland would no doubt have been another justice like Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan – and we can’t afford a five-vote guaranteed majority like that.

I found it interesting that Sen. Charles Schumer stated he wanted “an independent check on a president who has shown almost no restraint from executive overreach” and one who “could rule free from the biases of politics and ideology.” Where was this concern when President Barack Obama, who epitomized executive overreaches, nominated Sotomayor and Kagan? And did Schumer really think they would “rule free from the biases of politics and ideology” or was the prospect of their biased and ideological rulings something he drooled over?

Finally, I had to laugh as he, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren railed against Gorsuch’s nomination. As sure as death and taxes is the fact that if the three of them are vehemently opposing something, the country desperately needs that thing to happen. The fact that it did happen this time means there’s still hope for this country.

Chuck Godfrey


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