By Michael Hernandez
WASHINGTON, D.C.—”We still work for you; your Constitution establishes the rule of law with an independent judiciary that is so essential,” said Amy Coney Barrett, the newest Supreme Court Justice in her speech after taking the oath from Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest serving Supreme Court Justice (29 years) still alive.
“The oath I have taken means that I will do my job without any fear of favor; independent of both political branches and my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic it establishes. I will devote myself to preserving it.
“The role of policy preference is the job of Senators. It would be a dereliction of duty to put policy goals aside. By contrast, the job of judges is to resist policy preference. To give in to these preferences; would be a dereliction of duty.
“The separation of duty from policy preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. Judges are independent from Congress and the President.”
Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, is the third Supreme Court Justice nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate (the others are Justices Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018) in a 52-48 vote with the only Republican voting against her confirmation being Maine Senator Susan Collins.
Barrett, a staunch pro-life Catholic conservative and Notre Dame Law professor, was appointed by President Trump onto the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017. At the time of this appointment, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), spoke out against Barrett saying: “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called Barrett “one of the most brilliant, admired, and well-qualified nominees in our lifetime.” While Minority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called her appointment one of America’s “darkest days.”
Barrett, will go through a private ceremony officiated by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Oct. 27 at the U.S. Supreme Court. She will then take her seat on the Court. Barrett replaces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died Sept. 18.
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].