As the process of hearings goes on in the election of Amy Coney Barrett, a potential future Supreme Court Justice, the division between Senators in the United States Senate has become evidently clear. As the hearings progressed through, we saw Senator after Senator address Judge Barrett in the light of what their party prefers. Republicans, supportive of the idea that Barrett gets sworn in, have repeatedly exemplified her character and career as the judgment of their decision. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to push against electing Barrett, with the notion that the Senate should wait until after the United States elects a new President.
Though you can certainly see the mainstream news media continuing to battle over whether or not to elect Judge Barrett, many seem to be avoiding the most common reason for electing her: the Constitution. Article II Section 2 of the Constitution states that the President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the Supreme Court..." U.S. Const. art. 2 § 2, cl. 2. That is, the President has the unvested authority to nominate a Justice onto the Supreme Court, and the Senate has the power to confirm it. This process has been in place since the establishment of the Supreme Court in 1789 and has been a proven way for Presidents throughout history to fill a vacancy.
On the topic of character, Judge Barrett has demonstrated not only her kindness but her faithfulness to this country. With her seven children, she has demonstrated her strong support system through her family, and has devoted her life to helping them succeed. In fact, Judge Barrett and her husband, Jesse, adopted two kids from Haiti, a country that has been plagued with disaster and poverty. Above it all, she and her husband also take care of her youngest son who has special needs and could not make it to the set of hearings this week.
Barrett and her family live in the community-based town of South Bend, Indiana, with her husband having the job of a former prosecutor. She graduated law school at the University of Notre Dame and was at the top of her class. From there, she worked as a clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, learning how to be an originalist; the belief that judges should interpret the Constitution as written.
Judge Barrett then worked as a professor at her old law school, winning numerous "Professor of the Year" awards in the process. Many students described her as eloquent, civil, and intellectually sharp.
Then, in 2017, Barrett was appointed by President Trump to serve on the Seventh Circuit as a federal appeals court judge, a position based in Chicago. It is reported that she would rise before the crack of dawn, exercise in the gym, and then commute roughly one hour to work each day, all while balancing her incredible family responsibilities.
A more in-depth look into Judge Barrett's views of the court proves that she is the right candidate for our country.
"Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” she said yesterday. “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches, elected by and accountable to the people.”
She explains in today's hearing that there is a distinct role of the judge, stating before the panel of Senators that "A judge must apply the law as it is written, not as she wishes it were."
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