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Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

by Andrew Zarowny 6/28/2018


On Wednesday, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will be retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court effective July 31. The nation′s highest court has made a number of rulings this week as it wraps up its session. Rulings which have caused considerable angst for those of the Liberal bend. The Trump Travel Ban was upheld. Some congressional redistricting by several states were approved which favors the GOP. A law in California forcing natal care facilities to promote abortions was struck down. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled against government employee unions, allowing workers the choice of joining or not, thus avoiding union dues which largely go to support the campaigns of Democratic Party politicians.



Needless to say, the news of President Donald Trump being allowed to appoint yet another Supreme Court Justice has the Far Left in a tiz! Some are demanding that the ″Biden Rule″ be put into effect, preventing any nominations until after the midterm elections. However, the ″Biden Rule″ only really applied to presidential election cycles. Even if Mitch McConnell agreed to postponing a new appointment, it would hardly matter. For Chuck Schumer, a best case scenario is that the Democrats only lose 4 or 5 seats in the Senate. The odds favor the Republicans winning 6 to 8 seats, possibly more. McConnell promised yesterday that the Senate would vote on a new appointee by October, in time for the next session of the Supreme Court.


Justice Kennedy, often referred to as a ″Swing Vote″, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. He was actually Reagan′s third choice, following the failed attempts to appoint Robert and Douglas Ginsburg to the bench. Kennedy was approved by the Senate by a vote of 97-0. His votes and rulings have been a mixed bag, though generally leaning towards the concepts of individual liberty and small government. Kennedy was quite pleased when President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch had clerked for Kennedy and the two men are good friends.


At the age of 81, Justice Kennedy is the second oldest member of the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85, turning 86 in August. Stephen Breyer is next, who will turn 80, also in August. The rest of the bench by age is Clarence Thomas, 70, Samuel Alito, 68, Chief Justice John Roberts, 63, Sonia Sotomayor, 64, Elena Kaganm 58, and Gorsuch at 50. Along with Ginsburg and Bryer, Thomas, Sotomayor and Kagan will all add another year to their ages shortly. Sotomayor and Kagan also have birthdays in August like Ginsburg and Bryer. Thomas will turn 71 this October.


So, there is a very strong likelihood that President Donald Trump will be appointing additional justices, perhaps even during his first term. This is one of the reasons why he was elected president and why Evangelicals back him so strongly. President Trump is committed to appointing only strict Constitutionalists, or Constructionists, to the bench. Gorsuch was among a list of 25 potential appointees, mostly chosen by the Heritage Foundation. All 25 are considered Conservatives and Pro-Life. While it seems unlikely that Roe v Wade will be overturned any time soon, a series of pending cases could be heard by the Supreme Court in the coming years which might restrict abortions.


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