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“This year will be remembered as an especially auspicious time for the Supreme Court. President Trump is in a position to pick the next Justice from a list of extremely qualified jurists.” So says Leonard Leo, who was a key person putting together the list for President Trump. In an interview, he made clear his requirements and expectations:
What is important is that we have a judiciary occupied by individuals who understand … they have a duty and a moral obligation to enforce the structural Constitution. They have a duty to make sure that limits on government power are respected and enforced, and when they carry out that duty or obligation, they are in a myriad of ways preserving the worth and dignity of every human person. Because if you have a system where government can do anything, if you have a system where rights that aren’t in the Constitution can be created and things that are in it can be ignored, no one is safe.
The people on the qualifications list meet those requirements at a minimum. In fact, they are so well-qualified that many people are making their recommendations for Trump’s pick to separate the golden wheat from the less golden chaff. There is one person who has a unique combination of qualifications that no one else has, and that is Amy Coney Barrett.
First, I liked her ability and composure in taking on Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin when they were giving Ms. Barrett the third degree (called an interview in the normal nomenclature) when she was being considered for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. They were trying to put her through a “religious test,” even though they denied doing so when challenged by National Review. Clearly, her religiosity annoyed these senators and probably bothered other Democrats as well. Meanwhile, Ms. Barrett was confirmed. I also like the fact that she has been willing to live her religion through her speeches, and at the same time has stated that “Catholic judges should recuse themselves if personal convictions would impede their ability to do their job.”
My second reason for recommending Ms. Barrett is precisely because she is a religious, conservative woman. I’m not supporting her for archaic feminist reasons (whenever you can get a woman, put her in), but because the Left has specifically shown disdain for smart, successful conservative women. A person doesn’t have to wonder why Pam Bondi, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders were targeted recently to be harassed. These women defy Leftist norms: that women shouldn’t hold conservative values and if by chance they do, they must be ridiculed and persecuted.
So for all those on the Left who hold intelligent, religious and conservative women in disdain, take note. If Amy Coney Barrett is selected for SCOTUS, she will be representing the smart conservative women in our country, and the men who love and celebrate them.
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