Category Archives: Amy Coney Barrett

He has built walls

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

If the current political polls are anywhere close to accurate, then Donald Trump will not be re-elected as president of the United States.

That news ought to echo loudly and positively around the world. Suffice to say, the quicker a real leader and a man who respects the office in which Trump currently holds is in place, the better.

One of Trump’s signature promises during the 2016 presidential election was to build a wall that, Trump promised, would prevent Mexicans and people from Central or South America from entering the U.S.

That idea was folly. However, Trump’s four years in the White House will be remembered for the walls he did build.

These walls don’t exist in the physical sense; however, if you look around the world, you’ll see evidence of the Trump Walls.

The U.S. has more coronavirus cases and more deaths from the vicious virus than any nation on earth. As a result, few nations want their people to enter the country, and those same nations have significantly restricted entry of U.S. citizens.

Trump has walled off America from its European allies because of how he’s mishandled the coronavirus fight but also because of his incessant doubt that NATO has any value to the United States.

Trump has regularly blasted China, suggesting that Beijing rips off Washington at every opportunity. Opting for tariffs over meaningful talks, Trump has sealed off necessary talks between the world’s two leading economies and doing more damage to the U.S. than to China.

And, yes, there is a Trump Wall at home. When Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court in the coming weeks, she will become the third conservative justice to join that august body. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with conservative justices and conservative values, but these are justices who seem to have already determined that America’s social mores need to be shifted further to the right.

No, there is no physical Trump Wall anywhere around the world, but his small-minded thinking has created dangerous barriers to U.S. safety at home and abroad.

Let’s hope those current polls build a different wall: one that will keep Trump out of the White House after Jan. 20, 2021.

A Catholic mother of 7 (likely) will be the next Supreme Court Justice

Buckle up, my friends.

If, as expected, President Trump announces, in the next couple of days, Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his choice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court, the war of words outside Washington will begin.

The public relations battle won’t change the outcome: Barrett will be confirmed to the Supreme Court unless Democrats can find enough procedural moves to block the vote.

The left doesn’t sound especially positive.

Their frustration has the potential to doom them if they opt to attack Barrett for being a staunch Catholic. That’s simply a bad idea. There’s a real risk that bashing her faith could turn away Catholic voters when the nation votes in the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3.

All Supreme Court nominees are controversial; they have lots of judicial decisions behind them that can be scrutinized. They will either be the darlings of the left or the right, depending upon their previous rulings and the paper trail that explains those choices.

For conservatives and liberals, the arguments about Judge Barrett will sound similar: She has a consistent record. For liberals, that will be a siren that she will support the erosion of abortion rights, Title IX and more. For the right, her record will be interpreted as having the potential to overturn Roe v Wade and the Affordable Care Act, while also strengthening gun rights and limits on immigration.

Happy arguing, but remember…

Right now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has at least 51 Republican votes to support Barrett’s nomination; he only needs 50 (in the event of a 50-50 tie among senators, Vice President Mike Pence would then cast the deciding vote, and you know how that will go).

I wouldn’t count on two more Republican senators breaking with their party; and that means Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a married, Catholic, conservative and mother of 7 children, will be named to the Supreme Court.