Skip to comments.Senator Rand Paul announces support for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
Posted on 10/26/2020 1:03:14 PM PDT by RandFan
After President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, I said I believed Judge Barrett would make an excellent justice that would serve our country and Constitution well.
Since then, Ive continued to be truly impressed by Judge Barrett, and after meeting with her this past week, I am proud to reaffirm my position and give her my full support.
During our meeting, I enjoyed hearing from her directly about her judicial philosophy a careful, impartial, and grounded approach to the law that is exactly what we need on the nations highest court.
You see, Judge Barrett takes the position that we should read the Constitution and our other laws for what they say and not for what anyone wishes they said, recognizing the Courts place as an independent body with a separate constitutional function instead of the super-legislature some would desire.
If more of our public officials followed such an idea, and accepted the Constitutions limits for what they are, we would be extraordinarily better off as a society. Before you say, But what about , realize this does not mean we just turn a blind eye to the need for change. The Founders recognized such a reality when they created the ability to amend the Constitution and pass laws in keeping with its boundaries.
Todays hyper-polarization is one of the prices we pay for hyper-politicization, which happens when we decide that the federal government has a say over each and every aspect of our life, regardless of whether or not the Constitution gives it power to act.
Hyper-politicization, and the accompanying mountains of legislation it creates, subjects our rights and liberties to the whims of the people or party in charge and the power of who gets access to them instead of holding politicians to a fixed standard, where people know what to expect, and all are treated equally and can update the system (or enforce it properly) if they are not.
Respecting the Constitution would force us to build consensus and work together to convince enough Americans of our cause to achieve the change we want, whether through constitutional laws or outright amendments. In other words, we would have to talk to each other instead of at each other.
It would also draw more attention to and increase accountability from our local and state governments, where authority is broader, and we can most immediately implement reforms.
Testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Randall Noel, who chairs the American Bar Associations Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, stated, The Standing Committee concluded that Judge Barretts integrity, judicial temperament, [and] professional competence met the very high standards for appointment to our Supreme Court. Our rating of Well Qualified reflects the consensus of her peers that know her best.
Judge Barrett memorably demonstrated the tremendous depth of her judicial knowledge and preparation for the job when she was asked to show the notes she was using to navigate her confirmation hearing. In response, she held up a simple notepad that was blank except for the Senate letterhead.
If we take a step back from the politically charged public debate and objectively consider the nominee, its clear Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be a justice Kentuckians will be proud of.
I know I will be proud to cast my vote for her.
Rand Paul is the junior United States senator from Kentucky
surprising. I would have thought he would have gone with whatever decision got him the most appearances on msnbc.
Yesterday I returned from celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary just in time to meet with Amy Coney Barrett. I believe she will make an excellent justice that will serve our country and Constitution well, and I look forward to seeing her confirmed soon. pic.twitter.com/AB8WTb6Lp3— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 22, 2020
Rand hasn’t been on MSNBC for about 10 years.
I like the way Paul presents himself here. “Man of the people” look.
Nah. He can be a real pain in the a$$, but hes no fool.
I never doubted it.
“Justice Clarence Thomas to swear in Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court at the White House”
hmmmmm, CJ Dread Pirate Roberts not involved in the swearing in speaks volumes of his REAL character.
I wonder how his dad is doing?
I disagreed with Ron on things but he always was that type of politician that you could disagree with and not hold it against him and still get things done.
I like Rand, but Im not going to clap every time he does his job.
Ron is still doing his show on YouTube AFAIK you can search for him there
Ron had a stroke a few weeks ago.
Other than Trump, Rand is perhaps the most free thinking, non-swamp creature in the beltway. He’s not always right, but he’s willing.to think putside of the box.
Exactly what we need (if she lives up to it).
I think he looks better without the beard.
Yes and he’s back at work taking on big government and medical tyrants
Remember what the Colonel in MASH always said about peculiar statements?
hmmmmm, CJ Dread Pirate Roberts not involved in the swearing in speaks volumes of his REAL character.Years ago I made a similar "Dread Pirate Roberts" joke about our then-young chief justice, thinking him a staunch conservative at the time... I am greatly saddened by his inexplicable? turn to the dark side...
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