That’s Slate’s opinion of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
On Monday, Justice Neil Gorsuch revealed himself to be everything that liberals had most feared: pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation. He is certainly more conservative than Justice Samuel Alito and possibly to the right of Justice Clarence Thomas. He is an uncompromising reactionary and an unmitigated disaster for the progressive constitutional project. And he will likely serve on the court for at least three more decades.
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When Trump first nominated Gorsuch, I was relieved he hadn’t picked an outright lunatic, and I felt cautiously optimistic that Gorsuch might be less of a hard-line conservative than liberals believed. I was wrong. Gorsuch is the worst kind of justice. He is a reactionary who dresses up his cruel, antediluvian views in folksy charm; who professes restraint while espousing extreme, sweeping views; who has no sympathy for vulnerable minorities but believes Christians are being oppressed. And he will guide the course of the law for the next 30 years or more. He is a catastrophe for proponents of civil rights and equal justice. And his influence over the court only stands to grow.
This country is in terrible trouble.
There’s more at the link.
Frankly, I don’t give a damn about any ‘progressive constitutional project’, just as I don’t give two hoots for any ‘conservative constitutional project’. I think the constitution speaks for itself, as do the deliberations of the Founding Fathers that led to its creation and adoption. It doesn’t need a ‘progressive’ or ‘conservative’ slant. Let’s just respect the thing as it is.
However, I would point out that those of us of a more originalist bent felt a bit like that author when it came to the appointment of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan during the Obama administration. I daresay the author approved of their selection almost as strongly as he disapproves of Justice Gorsuch’s. That being the case, maybe everybody should rein in their passions, and accept that a President may nominate whomsoever he pleases to the Supreme Court. Progressives had their way during the previous administration. Non-progressives will have their way during this one – and there’ll doubtless be similar swings during future administrations. That’s the way the US political system is set up. Don’t like it? Emigrate.
As for the weeping and wailing expressed so poignantly in the Slate article:
Not good jurisprudence, I fear . . . but it has a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?