World Affairs Brief, September 25, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.
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Supreme Court Nominee Becomes Election Focus
Trump has been talked into presenting a woman nominee, which appears politically astute, but it isn’t. It is a trap, and so is the notion of a “conservative” woman justice. Most of the women placed on the appellate level are there because a governor or president is playing politically correct. They will always be mainstream at best, or liberals—never real strict constructionists.
Take Trump’s top probable pick, Justice Amy Barrett of the 7th District Federal Appeals Court. Trump has been told she is a devout Catholic who holds a strong pro-life stance. Of course, the Democrats will, like all nominees, get them to commit during the review process to not try and overturn the Supreme Court conjured right to an abortion. She will call it “settled law” like every other “conservative” justice, implying that she will not try and overturn it. So forget about the hope of killing abortion. It is not going to happen.
But in every other way, Barrett will be a disappointment to conservatives. As Big League Politics wrote,
Barrett’s record is troubling on many issues, with a ruling that gives Democrats in Illinois blanket authority to shut down society based on COVID-19 mass hysteria standing out as particularly heinous. Barrett concurred with the majority in Illinois Republican Party et al. v. J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois to keep the illegal lockdown in place and allow Democrats to rip up the Constitution under the guise of safety. She hid behind the precedent of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts (1905) in an attempt to avoid culpability for her decision.
But Robert Barnes, a lawyer who files cases in the 7TH circuit court of Justice Barrett, wrote this note of extreme caution:
Barrett sided with the government on almost every civil rights case, every big employer case, every criminal case, while also siding with the government on the lockdowns, on uncompensated takings, on excusing First Amendment infringements & Fourth Amendment violations.