On February 1, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Neil McGill Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court Bench left by the passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. During Gorsuch’s tenure on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he best became known for ruling that it was hunky dory to enable Hobby Lobby to deny contraceptive coverage to female employees under the false pretext of “religious freedom.” He also agreed with fellow 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Gregory Phillips’ assertion regarding the messy execution of Clayton Darrell Lockett, a black man convicted of murder in Oklahoma, during which the latter’s veins collapsed.
“Everyone acknowledges that Lockett suffered during his execution. But that alone does not make out an Eighth Amendment claim. Here, the Amended Complaint describes exactly the sort of “innocent misadventure’ or ‘isolated mishap’ that [past legal precedent in Baze v. Rees] excuses from the definition of cruel and unusual punishment. Thus, Lockett’s suffering did not run afoul of the Eighth Amendment.”
Most disturbing of all, when Neil Gorsuch was a freshman at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland in the early 1980s, he founded a student group called the “Fascism Forever Club” to rail against the “left-wing tendencies” he imputed to his prep school professors.
In one yearbook photo, he mugs for the camera while prominently displaying a copy of the book Up From Liberalism, written by William F. Buckley, who therein writes that people in Africa “are not ready to rule themselves.”
In 1985, the year he graduated from Georgetown Prep, there was a quote from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, notorious for his prominent role in the bombing campaigns in Kampuchea, Laos and Vietnam throughout 1969 and 1970 that killed hundreds of thousands.
“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
During his years at Columbia University, he also wrote a column for the school’s newspaper, the Daily Spectator, in which he shared his thoughts about apartheid in South Africa and the “tyranny” of his fellow students’ aversions thereto:
“Pro-divestment students call for the immediate withdrawal of University funds from all companies conducting business in South Africa. But in their haste to do the Right Thing, they are willing to overlook such mundane things as facts—namely, that many of these companies are themselves in the act of divesting. Committee and coalition members seem willing to sacrifice the large income from the endowment—which goes to pay for our need-blind admissions policy, among other things. And, of course, they dismiss the divestment decisions of corporations like General Motors (which did actually divest just last week) Coca-Cola, and IBM as “bogus” (see Lisa Cruumbs, American Committee on Africa, in the Nov. 19 issue of Spectator). Overlooking the activists’ dubious logic on these and other issues, the remarkable fact about Columbia is the consensus that so rapidly emerges among students and their “leaders,” and the rigid conviction with which they guard their positions. There is little or no room for dissenting voices: one is either Right or Wrong, Moral or Immoral, Compassionate or Heartless. What is lost in this self-righteous search for the purportedly “Moral Environment” is the fact that no one has a monopoly on truth. Not Nelson Mandela. Not Lisa Cruumbs. Not even Mark Green. Only in an atmosphere where all voices are heard, where all moral-standards are openly and honestly discussed and debated, can the truth emerge.”
In another Daily Spectator column, Gorsuch is dismissive towards a student protest against the Coors Beers Company, then under fire for worker’s civil rights and donating money to racist and homophobic organizations.
“The majority of students and faculty here at Columbia are certainly concerned about racism on campus, in the community, and across the nation. There is little denying that Columbia has played a prominent role in transforming the ‘exclusive’ Ivy League education into a broader, more inclusive one; as even C. Vernon Mason pointed out, Michael Sovern sits on the board of the NAACP. But here’s the problem: this same student body and faculty is not sympathetic, on the whole, to calls for Marxist-Leninist revolution. They do not accept the slogan so proudly displayed Saturday that change must occur ‘by any means necessary!’”
Suddenly, it’s not at all surprising that, so far, none of the Democrats in the Senate seem eager or even willing to confirm Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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