Congratulations, Justice Barrett. You have made it through the confirmation process and are officially sitting at the Highest Court in the Land.
Unfortunately, this confirmation process will always be marred by political resentment, and with good reason. None of these reasons have anything to do with Amy Coney Barrett, but rather how it played out. In a 51 to 48 vote, Justice Barrett was confirmed on a strictly partisan basis during a presidential election. She passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in the same fashion, and is now an integral part of upholding the Constitution of the United States.
This should be concerning to anyone who puts our Constitution and the integral separation of powers as top priority. The congress is meant for politics, not the Supreme Court. We’ve seen a slippery slope of political appointments which have increasingly been fueled by media encouragement. As we have mentioned before, it has lead to the erosion of significant Senate Rules that served as checks and balances to prevent such politicization of courts and legislation.
It’s time to restore them for the good of the country.
Re-instate the filibuster for appointments, which would require 60 votes to end confirmation debates and move forward. I would take it one step further and require a super majority for the confirmation vote itself.
Maintaining a three-fifth majority in the senate is essential to the interest of the people. It forces senators to achieve bipartisan support, and I would favor it on most decisions. It will serve as a barrier that may prevent progress, that is true. But the progress that it would inhibit would be purely partisan decisions being rammed through without so much as contribution from the other side. With the window of 10 votes above a majority, even independent Senators can find themselves with the ability to impact the vote.
This is the essence of a Republic. When you have a pure majority rule system, then the minority is no longer forced to be considered. And when you no longer have to consider the minority, you forget to consider that one day you will become the minority.
These measures are for the good of the people – not the good of the party. And it is time we remember that.
As far as the newly sworn in Justice Barrett, we reserve our judgement until decisions are made. Let’s see this originalist interpretation of the constitution in play.