President Donald Trump formally announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, a few weeks before the US Presidential elections. From Ginsburg to Barrett, this is going to be one hell of an ideology transition for the judiciary of America.
Once the senate confirms, Amy Coney Barrett will be replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was the first female Jewish Justice of Supreme Court. As much as Ginsburg was an advocate for the female rights, labor laws and separation of church and state, Barrett is the other side of the coin.
Amy Coney Barrett is a staunch conservative woman, not very fond of feminism and an advocate of the Church. If Barrett makes it to the esteemed judicial bench, America is going to witness a drastic transition in ideology of the Supreme Court from liberal to a stalwart conservative. And that sounds just about right for Donald Trump.
America is just a few weeks away from elections and Trump’s nomination of Barrett is a strategy to build a conservative cushion in the supreme court. Recently, Donald Trump refused to transfer the power peacefully if he loses the elections. If that happens, Barrett will be a significant aid in exploiting the constitutional weaknesses to meet his unscrupulous motives.
What does Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment as the Associate Supreme Court Judge mean for America?
If Amy Coney Barrett is appointed, it can result in consequential modifications in the American laws and the people of the nation. To put it in simple terms, the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett is the part of Trump’s prolonged court-domination plan. President Trump has been creating a Republican legacy in the lower federal courts by appointing more and more conservative leaning judges. And he has succeeded to a massive extent.
America was mourning at the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg because it was largely being witnessed as the end of liberal era. Barrett’s nomination confirms the ailment.
Amy Coney Barrett has a degree in law from Notre Dame and has done clerkship with Judge Laurence Silberman and Justice Antonin Scali, both of whom are celebrated torchbearers of conservative movement. She is serving as the Circuit Judge for the US Court of Appeal in Seventh Circuit. Her career in law faculty at Notre Dame later approved her as a staunch voice in the legal conservative thinking.
The liberal jurisprudence has an expansionist outlook while delivering constitutional decisions on matters. However, conservatives have a signature style of going by textualism and originalism. Amy Coney Barrett is an ideal chieftain of the same. Her legal career has been a testimony of some controversial hearings on the grounds of which Democrats argue that her catholic views can obstruct the secular and liberal fabric of America.
“Justice Ginsburg must be turning over in her grave up in heaven, to see that the person they chose seems to be intent on undoing all the things that Ginsburg did.”
Abortion, gun laws, immigrant laws, role of government, LGBTQ rights and many other agendas have caught heat in the recent times and people of America are being more vocal everyday to get a verdict. Despite being a woman, Amy Coney Barrett has conservative views on abortion and feminism. She has restricted accessing legal abortion twice in her past hearings and has given statements like, “ requiring health insurance policies to cover contraception violates religious liberty.”
Barrett has similar views on marriage, sexuality and criminal laws. In 2015, she signed the statement to Catholic bishops backing the views of church on matters like sexuality, marriage and abortion.
“Dogma lives lively within you. And that’s a concern”
Religious beliefs can be less problematic if they don’t inhibit the legal framework. However, Barrett has always been in the spotlight for letting her legal decisions be influenced by religious dogmas. In 2017, during a confirmation hearing, Senator Dianne Fienstien took a jibe on Barrett’s extreme catholicism. The Democrat leader went on to explaining Barrett, the difference between law and religious dogma and told her-
“The dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s a concern.”
The incident made the seventh circuit judge a hero in catholic world while the world attacked Fienstien for her brazen remark against an innocent religious woman.
She has similar disputing views about sexuality and equality of marriage. In the statement signed by Barrett with the Catholic Bishop, she vested a loud agreement to the Church’s view on ‘the complementarity of men and women’. This clearly signifies her disapproval of marriage equality.
Amy Coney Barrett is not a fan of Obamacare
Trump’s choice for the associate judge in the Supreme Court has often been in dismay with Obamacare. A few hours ago, Nancy Pelosi stated that the reason why Trump wants to hurry Barrett in the Supreme Court is that he wants to rule out Obamacare. She quoted-
“If you have a pre-existing medical condition, that benefit will be gone. If you are a woman, we’ll be back to a time where being a woman is a pre-existing medical condition. If your children are on your policy — say your adult children are on your policy — no longer will they be, and that in the time of a pandemic.”
The events that have occurred hitherto indicates that Amy Coney Barrett is tailor-made for Donald Trump’s future plans with America. However, history has it, judges appointed by Presidents of similar ideologies have turned out to be drastically contrasting to what they expected. Take for example, Justice Earl Warren, appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He later called himself the biggest fool to appoint Warren thinking that he would support the right leaning ideologies of Republicans but later turned out to be an exemplary liberal justice.
Let’s wait and watch how Barrett serves the Republicans if Senate lets her.