Neil Gorsuch becoming a justice was one of the most important American political developments of the last decade. Had Hillary Clinton won the election she’d have no doubt appointed justices that would have attacked freedom of speech, further eroded the 4th Amendment, would have continued to dismiss the 10th Amendment, and would have gone after the Right to Bear Arms. But fortune shined on this country, at least in this regard, and we weren’t saddled (with) Clinton appointees. And now we might even be able to make MORE progress at the Supreme Court. Though Kennedy is/was by no means a bad Justice.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Anthony M. Kennedy, one of the Supreme Court’s most consequential modern-day justices and author of landmark rulings on gay rights, the death penalty and campaign finance, announced his retirement Wednesday, handing President Donald Trump a historic opportunity to reshape the court.
“This letter is a respectful and formal notification of my decision, effective July 31 of this year, to end my regular active status as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” Justice Kennedy wrote in a letter to the president.
The justice in his letter expressed “profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”