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Guess Who Voted to Confirm Gorsuch in 2006?

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As we engage on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and we start seeing the left struggle to make the case against yet another decent, well-qualified, mainstream nominee, I will be posting regularly with daily insights into the happenings here in the nation’s capital.

I hope you’ve had a chance to read our press release on Gorsuch and some initial thoughts on the announcement.  Gorsuch is a solid, conservative choice who should be confirmed swiftly and unanimously, as Scalia was back in 1986.

But we live in different times now, and the left is already launching politically motivated attacks at this stellar nominee.  One Democratic super pac produced a 78-page dossier, calling him “too extreme for the Supreme Court.”

We are far removed from even 2006 when this collection of “right-wing extremists,” who are apparently “not sensitive to civil rights,” not committed to “core constitutional principles,” and who want to “roll back women’s progress,” (note: this is what they say about everyone) voted for the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals:

 

Barack Obama (D-Illinois)

Joe Biden (D-Delaware)

John Kerry (D-Massachusetts)

Hillary Clinton (D-New York)

 

Chuck Schumer (D-New York)

Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)

Dianne Feinstein (D-California)

Richard Durbin (D-Illinois)

Bill Nelson (D-Florida)

Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)

Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)

Patty Murray (D-Washington)

Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)

Tom Carper (D-Delaware)

Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan)

Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)

Senators in the latter part of the list are still serving today.

Thoughts on the Gorsuch Announcement

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A few quick thoughts on tonight’s announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1. This is an impressive nominee.

As we studied the 21 names on President Donald Trump’s nomination short list, Judge Gorsuch shone for his impressive academic credentials, his meticulous writing style and his commitment to the Constitution as written, in full rejection of the liberal manipulation of the so-called “living, breathing,” document.

His involvement in the Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate shine bright on his resume.  In discussing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), he emphasized that the law “doesn’t just apply to protect popular religious beliefs: it does perhaps its most important work in protecting unpopular religious beliefs, vindicating this nation’s long-held aspiration to serve as a refuge of religious tolerance.”

The opinion shows a deep understanding, not only of RFRA but of the Constitution and our country’s foundations.

In today’s climate of increasing hostility towards religious liberty, Judge Gorsuch’s strong sense of the law would be an important guard for our liberties, as was Justice Scalia for so many years.


2. President Trump Shined, Too

President Trump promised someone in the mold of Scalia and he delivered; there is no question about that.  He was proud to have done that, so yes, he gloated a bit.  He said, “I am a man of my word.  I will do as I say … Today, I’m keeping another promise to the American People by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court …”

It’s okay, he earned it.

Then came the most moving part of the whole proceeding when he paused to recognized the widow of Justice Antonin Scalia who was in the audience for the occasion.  “Also with us tonight is Maureen Scalia,” he said, “a woman loved by her husband and deeply respected by all.  I’m so happy she is with us.”  A heartfelt applause from the audience followed.  I appreciated the President’s thoughtfulness as I saw her choke up as she received the acknowledgment from the crowd.

Then he quickly moved to allow Judge Gorsuch, who was accompanied by his wife, speak (that is he didn’t bore us with a long speech of his own) “Judge Gosuch, the podium, sir, is yours,” He spoke less than ten minutes.

3. Judge Gorsuch Humble Remarks Said a Lot About Him

His words on Justice Scalia were comforting for those of us who appreciated the late justice and who believe his judicial philosophy must endure for our liberties to be safeguarded against today’s attacks.  Judge Gorsuch said:

The towering judges that have served in this particular seat of the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment.  Justice Scalia was a lion of the law.  Disagree or agree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench shared his wisdom and humor.  Like them, I miss him.

I’ll have more thoughts on Judge Gorsuch’s record and accomplishment in the days to come.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) is committed to ensuring a fair process, even in today’s extraordinarily hostile environment, so stay plugged in here to ConcernedWomen.org for the latest and to see what you can do to help confirm this Scalia-like judge to the Supreme Court.

Penny Nance on Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Choice for the Supreme Court

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Statement by Concerned Women for America President & CEO Penny Nance on a press conference call alongside Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life Committee, and the Ethics & Public Policy Center, the night of President Trump’s announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a great night for those of us who love the Constitution and who, like John Adams, believe in “a government of laws and not men,” because President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch — someone who, like Scalia, has demonstrated a consistent commitment to the Constitution as written and a willingness to show the judicial restraint necessary to follow through on that commitment.

That’s what we need in a justice of the Supreme Court, someone who embraces the limited role that he has been nominated for, instead of someone looking to impose their personal policy preferences through judicial decrees.

Everyone should support a judge like this.

Judge Gorsuch has been praised for his keen legal intellect and compelling writing style, which many compare to Scalia, but I’d like to also emphasize his distinguished record in the area of religious liberty.

His involvement in both the Hobby Lobby case and the Little Sisters of the Poor case (that was so important to the women I represent) was exemplary.  His opinions leave no doubt that he has a clear, strong, and honest constitutional foundation that drives his judicial philosophy.  And that’s all we can ask for.

We commend President Trump for keeping his word.  This appointment was a big reason why conservative women supported him overwhelmingly, and we are pleased to see him follow through on his commitment to them.

Now it’s time for the Senate to do its part.  I hope we do not see the same type of partisan bickering that has overtaken many in Congress who can’t seem to accept the results of the election. Read More

A Quick Look at Neil Gorsuch

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Name: Neil Gorsuch

Age: 49 (born August 29, 1967)

School: Columbia University, Harvard Law School, Ph.D. in law from University College at Oxford University (Marshall Scholarship).

Clerkships: Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and, Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court.

Career before judgeship: Associate, then partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel., then Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General, Robert McCallum, at the U.S. Department of Justice

Current Appointment: United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, appointed by President George W. Bush.

Judicial Philosophy:  Similar to Scalia, he is a constitutionalist, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written and rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document.” 

On Life: In his book entitled The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, judge Gorsuch argued for laws against euthanasia based on the philosophy “that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”

On Religious Liberty:  Gorsuch shines most in this area, ruling both in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor.  He has also dissented or joined several opinions that criticized Supreme Court doctrines that limit religious expression in public spaces, like the Ten Commandment displays (Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, American Atheists Inc. v. Davenport, Green v. Haskell County Board of Commissioners).

Conservative Women Praise Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, President Donald J. Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as his choice to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), praised the nomination:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is a superb choice. President Trump has kept his word and nominated someone who, by all indications, is “in the mold of Justice Scalia,” something the president repeated over and over during his campaign.

“This was a major issue that drove conservative women to the polls to overwhelmingly support him, and we are pleased to see him follow through on his commitment to the American people.

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America now call on the Senate for a swift confirmation process.

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Capitol Hill Brief — March for Life Day

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Today is the March for Life, and Concerned Women for America is joining thousands of marchers in Washington, D.C. to show our support for women and the unborn child in the womb. As we always say, “Pro-life is pro-woman!”

I will be speaking on your behalf throughout the day with groups, members of Congress, and the media, so I count on your generous prayers!

It’s a solemn call we have received from our Lord to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and, therefore, we must rely completely on Him to lead our way.

With a pro-life president and Congress, we perceive great opportunities ahead, but we cannot take our eyes off our only true hope: Christ our Lord.


It’s time to move taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood and support local federally qualified health centers. Tell Mitch McConnell that you’ll fight by his side to defend the unborn. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign this urgent statement today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

“Women’s” March: Vulgar Signs and Liberal Policies

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Editor’s Note: This article contains pictures from the Women’s March which are unsuitable for children and may not be especially safe for work. We advise reading this article away from others. In most cases, the pictures are crass, vulgar, and an embarrassment to those who value civil discourse. 


I hope the women at the “Women’s March” took a moment to realize how amazing it is that in America we have freedom of speech. In many places around the world, women and men can be jailed for expressing their beliefs.

I am deeply glad that Americans have freedom of speech.  I am deeply thankful for the First Amendment.  I am looking forward to expressing my own pro-life beliefs at the March for Life this coming Friday.

I want to say that the “Women’s March” participants had some valid concerns, but I often disagree with their perspectives on the causes and solutions of societal problems.

  • HEALTH CARE is important and necessary. Health care access is just less efficient and effective when run by the government.  Free market solutions can make health care affordable and specialized to what a particular person needs from their insurance.
  • DISRESPECTING WOMEN in our society does happen. Trump did say disgusting and shameful things in that “locker room” video, but I am also deeply disturbed that so many women seem to put up with abusive men who want casual sex and don’t care about them. I’m troubled by the rap stars that Obama invited to the White House whose songs treat women like dirt; I’m troubled by former-President Clinton and everything he did to women. Standing up against any of this should cut across partisan lines — but at this march, it did not.
  • VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN is a real problem. Concerned Women for America (CWA) has supported alternate versions of the Violence Against Women Act that would make sure aid gets directly to victims and that rape kits are actually processed, instead of getting stuck in the backlog that is common throughout our nation. But we have also worked to expose how pornography and sex trafficking are some of the most dangerous assaults on women’s dignity and causes of violence. But I saw no signs regarding these issues.  I also saw no signs about the violence against women in other countries — from honor killings to female genital mutilation to forced child marriages to acid disfigurement and beyond.
  • LOVE is so important! But does love mean sexual license? Does love always mean approving of every decision someone makes — even if it is a decision to kill their child? Shouldn’t peace and love and “coexisting” begin in the womb?!  How was screaming “F*ck Trump” and “Burn the White House” an example of love and respect and peace?  How was saying that the white women who voted for Trump must be “called out” at an inclusive, tolerant women’s march full of love?

But despite any common ground, it’s clear that this march took a lewd turn, better shown than repeated. Their signs were some of the most vulgar displays I have ever seen. I’ve collected some of them for you here — but I warn you they are not pretty.  I’ve divided them into three categories: Women’s Body Parts, Abortion, and Disrespecting the President.

PART 1: Women’s Body Parts

Is that all that women are?  How is wearing a vagina empowering women and respecting our bodies?  How is self-degradation going to end societal degradation?

PART 2: Abortion

Then there’s the overemphasis on abortion at this March — when abortion is itself one of the greatest violations of women’s rights.  Abortion disproportionately kills more unborn females than males, preying on vulnerable women for profit, and rejecting pregnancy and mothering as a unique power of the female body.  These women claim to pro-choice, but are only fighting for one choice — abortion — while banning pro-life women from this march and supporting Planned Parenthood.

PART 3: Disrespecting the President

Finally, is disrespecting the President of the United States the right way to advocate for what you believe? Surely the office of president is enough to garner some semblance of respect and peaceful disagreement, not Madonna’s cries of wishing you could blow up the white house.

 


Also see Media Research Center contrast of the Women’s March and the March for Life:
(Warning: Some Strong Language)


 

The message of the march was convoluted – but whatever it was, it was not a “woman’s march.” The fact that the marchers dared to proclaim that being a “woman” equals embracing this sort of march is offensive — it’s the very hatred, degradation, and alienation they claim to be against.

It is for the very purpose of being an alternative voice in the public square that Concerned Women for America even exists.  Beverly LaHaye started CWA because radical pro-abortion, anti-marriage feminists did not represent all American women.

We give other women a voice, women who know that profanity, crude hats, sexual license, abortion, economic liberalism, and disrespecting the president are not ways to empower the women of America.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.