Since the Supreme Court hijacked the legislative process in the 1930s allowing FDR to expand the size and scope of government beyond its previously imagined bounds, conservatives have been motivated – to say the least – to see Constitutionalists appointed to the Supreme Court. And we’ve been burned time and time again. As a result the Constitution has shrunk and the federal government has run roughshod over the rights of citizens and the prerogatives of the states.
Eisenhower appointed activist Justice Earl Warren, George H.W. Bush appointed stealth liberal David Souter. Reagan appointed swing votes Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O’Connor when he could have appointed solid conservatives. The history of Republican appointees to the Court is mixed at best, while Democrat appointees have remained reliably Leftist.
So conservatives nervous about the unknowns of a Trump candidacy have been perhaps most nervous about whom he would appoint to the Supreme Court. Trump promised to provide a list and on Wednesday he did. Conservatives should breathe a sigh of relief – and should require such a list from candidates in the future. Here’s what the guys over at Powerlineblog say about the list:
The fact that state court judges make up nearly half of the list also seems like a good sign. It is, at a minimum, a nod to federalism.
The list confirms what I have heard — that Trump is talking to the right conservatives when it comes to the Supreme Court. It doesn’t guarantee a conservative nominee, but it does highlight what is probably the best argument, from a conservative perspective, for voting for Trump — his judicial nominations (and not just to the Supreme Court) are virtually sure to be vastly better than Hillary Clinton’s.
And here’s the list itself:
Steven Colloton (8th Cir.)
Allison Eid (Colorado Sup. Court)
Raymond Gruender (8th Cir.)
Thomas Hardiman (3d. Cir.)
Raymond Kethledge (6th Cir.)
Joan Larsen (Mich. Sup. Court)
Thomas Rex Lee (Utah Sup. Court and brother of Sen. Mike Lee)
William Pryor (11th Cir.)
David Stras (Minnesota Sup. Court)
Diane Sykes (7th Cir.)
Don Willett (Texas Supreme Court)
With Hillary vowing to use the Court to eviscerate the 2nd Amendment and liberals setting up limitations on free speech on campuses around the country any of these judges would be a welcome addition and an ally in the cause of liberty.