No, it’s not the latest Conservative Porn title (those usually involve spankings and weeping), but in an interesting development, Axios reports what would-be Justice Coathangers is going to say at her confirmation hearings:
In her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will say that “policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People,” according to prepared remarks obtained by Axios…
- “Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”
- “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”
- “I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written. And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role.”
As the Supreme Court is an appeals court, this is pure nonsense. How does one decide an appeal without making policy, unless you really declare from the get-go that there is no precedent and every ruling doesn’t set any precedent, and good luck with that, Judge Harry T. Stone.
What is true is that the Congress has largely failed to go back and codify the Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion, same-sex marriage, and other hot-button issues into law, and they better get on that stat.