U.S. Senator Cornyn Speaks Reason Regarding Supreme Court Nomination
Y'all done gone and done it. No, seriously. Y'all, and by y'all, I mean Empower Texans done gone and made me defend John Cornyn. It's absolutely the last thing I thought I'd ever do since he has been the subject of criticism a few times here on the blog.
John Cornyn, the senior US Senator from Texas had an article, dare I say a hit piece, written about him on Empower Texans about the upcoming Supreme Court pick by President Donald Trump. In the article he was quoted as saying,..."Cornyn cautioned Trump against selecting any nominee with a publicly stated position on overturning court precedents such as Roe v. Wade.” He goes on to further explain his opinion, “I think that would be a terrible mistake, for the president to nominate somebody who had that sort of agenda,” he said adding that “we don’t need judges who have either personal or political or ideological agendas, in my view. And I think that ought to comfort all of us.”
Alright, now let's think about this objectively before we get emotional. I know, it's hard to do in politics, but it's necessary. Would you want someone with a preconceived agenda, even if you agreed with it? My answer, NO. Judges are supposed to be impartial. They aren't supposed to announce ahead of time on how they would rule on any case. We as conservatives always cry out about 'legislating from the bench' or that we're concerned that whomever is nominated has an agenda. That's where our hypocrisy rears its ugly head. Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not supposed to point out the hypocrisy on the 'right' side of things.
The thing about Empower Texans and, well, ALL of us is that we're writing articles that simply confirm our own bias. Like in the video Keynes vs. Hayek Rap Battle Round Two, when Hayek says, "Are they doing real science or confirming their bias?" I think that's something that we could apply to this situation here. Read the article that Empower Texans wrote here and decide for yourself.
A Facebook friend says it even better than I could, so I've included his comment here, "Cornyn’s conservative credentials or the lack thereof aside, the headline is misleading. Cornyn did not tell Trump not to nominate a pro-life justice, he “cautioned Trump against selecting any nominee with a publicly stated position on overturning court precedents such as Roe v. Wade.”
Justice Willet has made this same statement time and time again, judges should not declare how they will rule on any case until they hear the case in front of them, just as Scalia did before him. Cornyn was saying that there is a difference between a pro-life judge and one who declares ahead of time that they are actively seeking to overturn any specific precedent, regardless of which one it is."
What happened to objectivity? I guess that's gone by the wayside along with manners and civil discourse. Honestly, I'm writing this as someone who cares deeply for the health of the Republican party and for our unification efforts going forward into November. It seems that Empower Texans is only capable of attacking Republicans, not ever attempting to bolster the Republican ticket in order to help defeat Democrats. I guess that's what happens when your group has only a single financial backer and they have an agenda. Ironic, isn't it?