Where do Touchstone editors stand on the recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia?
In my humble opinion, George is fully qualified to sit on the court himself and was a personal friend of the late Justice Scalia, very knowledgable about the constitutional issues facing this country. He is after all, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, plus a Touchstone Senior Editor! (And yes, that is Senior Editor James Hitchcock in the upper left background, observing George and Scalia in conversation. The picture was taken at a Touchstone dinner in D.C. honoring Dr. George, May 2004.)
Some words to ponder from George’s insightful assessment:
As Gorsuch has frequently observed, good judges sometimes have to vote or rule in ways they do not like, because that is what the law requires. Indeed, if a judge does not sometimes find himself voting or ruling against his own personal beliefs about politics or morality, he noted, that is a sure sign that he is failing to do justice according to law.
In a democracy, the law never lines up perfectly with anyone’s political and moral beliefs. And it is to the law that judges have sworn a sacred oath of fidelity.