The confirmation of Supreme Court Justices is one of the most important responsibilities of the Senate; because Justices serve life-time appointments, the consequences of these appointments have serious and long-lasting effects on the future of our nation.
With four of our current Supreme Court Justices aged 75 or older, the next Senator from North Carolina will likely vote on at least one Supreme Court nominee. As evidenced by the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 ruling upholding Obamacare, every decision made by the Supreme Court is critically important.
Unfortunately, a growing number of jurists believe in a dynamic “Living Constitution,” an interpretation of the Constitution that evolves to recognize “new rights” based on changes in society, technology, and more. This interpretation has led judges to disregard the Constitution’s original intent and to attempt to rewrite it from the bench.
I could not disagree more with this view. The Constitution should be interpreted according to the original intent of its authors who believed that the central purpose of the Supreme Court was to defend the God-given rights and liberties of the people by checking and balancing an overbearing federal government.
As your Senator, I will only vote to confirm Supreme Court nominees who believe in and respect the original intent of the Constitution to defend state and individual rights and keep the federal government in check.