In a rather powerful statement after taking her Oath of Office, Justice Barrett vows to put policy preference aside to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
“The confirmation process has made ever clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate. And perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences,” she said moments after Justice Thomas administered the Oath of Office. She continued, “It is the job of a Senator to pursue her policy preferences. In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them. Federal judges don’t stand for election, thus they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people.”
It is refreshing to hear the continuation of this type of rhetoric. We have been very insistent that the Supreme Court belongs only to the Constitution, and we are unapologetic in that regard. This rings true despite the absurd accusation that Justice Barrett forgot that protesting was protected by the first amendment during her confirmation hearing.
She did however list freedom of speech and assembly, which are the actual constitutional protections. When you assemble to exercise speech, it is called a protest. Apparently the writers over at Forbes don’t think you’re smart enough to understand this.
“The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences. I love the constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it. Thank you,” the new Justice concluded.
These are powerful words, and ones that the people must hold her accountable to. Upholding the Constitution over policy would make Justice Barrett radically different than the late Justice Ginsburg, who is touted for her activism from the court.
Justice Barrett making vows to the Constitution in this regard is not just another formality required to take the bench, but is a vow to work towards restoring this republic.