Barrett praises Scalia, explains her judicial philosophy in opening statement

Democrats opposed President Donald Trump’s replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before he even announced a nominee. Once the president finally nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats’ attacks against her only intensified and have ranged from her Catholic faith to her pro-life stance — even to her children.

As her confirmation hearings began on Monday, Barrett took a clear stand on her view of the law and the role of judges in the United States — and it became even more obvious that she represents everything Democrats oppose, Breitbart reported.

“Not designed to solve every problem”

During the first day of Barrett’s confirmation hearings, the nominee delivered remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing explaining her judicial philosophy.

Barrett once clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and she spoke in glowing terms of how he saw his role on the nation’s highest court.

“His judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were,” Barrett recalled. “Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like.”

Barrett also affirmed Scalia’s judicial philosophy.

“Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society,” Barrett explained. “But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”

A vastly different view

Barrett explained that as unelected officials, justices must be careful not to overstep their authority on the court.

“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People,” she said.

Barrett continued: “The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try. That is the approach I have strived to follow as a judge on the Seventh Circuit.”

Barrett’s view of the judicial branch is vastly different from Democrats’ who essentially view the Supreme Court as a second legislative branch that can accomplish policy goals that couldn’t be achieved in the legislature.

It’s a key difference from liberal activist judges — and is another reason why Barrett is a terrific choice for the Supreme Court.

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