Justice Neil Gorsuch on court’s proper role: ‘Do you really want me to rule the country?’

September 10, 2019 by Jerry McCormick

The new Supreme Court term is about to begin, and CNN is doing its best to paint a picture of a dangerously extremist conservative court.

While being questioned about the current state of politics and the proper role of the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch challenged the the interviewer’s perspective on what the court’s job really is is by asking, “Do you really want me to rule the country?”

The Role of the Supreme Court

The headline of the article on CNN read “Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court’s right turn.”

Clearly, the author wanted to give the impression that because of the current makeup of the Supreme Court, rulings are likely to be primarily conservative in nature.

As the article continues, the author states, “Gorsuch, nominated in 2017 by President Donald Trump, has proven to be a solid conservative vote, following largely in the footsteps of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, while developing his own independent streak as well.”

A far better way of describing Gorsuch’s time on the bench would be that he has proven to be independent of the conservative ideology he personally holds.

Gorsuch made it very clear during the interview that his purpose and that of his fellow jurists is to uphold the Constitution, period.

Depoliticizing the Supreme Court

Over the last few decades, the Supreme Court has seemingly become more political than judicial in its operation.

Since the president is responsible for making nominations to the court, it is common for the selected individuals to have a similar ideology to the commander in chief, but that is not to say that their decisions are to be influenced as a result.

The current mix of justices on the court is arguably the most even-handed it has been in decades.

While liberals were terrified by the nominations of both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, both have proven to be very fair and commendably impartial, something which cannot always be said of some of the liberal members of the court.

Along with Chief Justice John Roberts, both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have crossed the ideological lines more in the last year than the panel of liberal justices has probably done in their entire careers.

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