By Dave AndruskoEditor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months.
I would have loved to have been at the White House Rose Garden today as Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath to now Justice Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch, the 113th Supreme Court, worked as a clerk for Justice Kennedy.
“To the American people, I am humbled by the trust placed in me today,” Gorsuch said, according to Reuters. “I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected. And I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation.”
President Donald Trump who as promised nominated a justice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia, said to attendees which included the entire Supreme Court, Mrs. Gorsuch, and Justice Scalia’s wife, Maureen, “It’s a privilege to have you here to join in this historic moment on this very beautiful spring day.”
“Spring is really the perfect backdrop for this joyful gathering of friends because together we are in a process of reviewing and renewing and also rebuilding our country.”
The President then thanked a number of people for making Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation possible. “I especially want to express our gratitude to Senator] Mitch McConnell [the Senate Majority Leader] for all that he did to make this achievement possible.”
Mr. Trump then added, “I’d also like to give my appreciation to [Senate Judiciary Committee] Chairman [Chuck] Grassley for conducting such a fair and professional confirmation. Thank you. Thank you, Senator Grassley.”
Turning his remarks to the newest Justice, the President said
Americans are blessed to have in Neil Gorsuch a man who will, likewise, be a devoted servant of the law. Over the past two months, the American people have gotten to know, respect and truly admire our newest member of the United States Supreme Court. In Justice Gorsuch, they see a man of great and unquestioned integrity. They see a man of unmatched qualifications. And most of all, and most importantly, they see a man who is deeply faithful to the Constitution of the United States. He will decide cases based not on his personal preferences, but based on a fair and objective reading of the law.
When the Senate confirmed Gorsuch last Friday, the New York Times’ Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer observed, “The development was a signal triumph for President Trump, whose campaign last year rested in large part on his pledge to appoint another commitment conservative to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.”
In addition to nominating Gorsuch, President Trump has already kept faith with the pro-life community. He has brought into his administration numerous strong pro-life voices.
He has also announcing his administration will cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund because UNFPA was in violation of the Kemp-Kasten anti-coercion law. The amendment prohibits giving U.S. “population assistance” funds to “any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”
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