The confirmation process has made ever clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate. And perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences. It is the job of a Senator to pursue her policy preferences. In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give into them. Federal judges don’t stand for election, thus they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people.
This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. A judge declares independence, not only from Congress and the President, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her. The Judicial Oath captures the essence of the judicial duty. The rule of law must always control.
This is from the speech given today by Amy Coney Barrett from the White House after being fake sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas as Impeached Preznit Carnage Pornstarfucker looked on.
Read that again. The new United States justice. Declared her independence as a justice from Congress, her own biases, and THE PRESIDENT. FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
Impeached Preznit’s Chief of Staff Mark “We Are Not Going To Control The Pandemic” Meadows and CNN’s Jake Tapper chat about masks:
JT: So the American people should abide by CDC guidelines, but you are not even asking your supporters to wear masks, even though–
MM: We have. We pass them out Jake. I mean, have you been to a… have you… have have… have…
JT: Do you know how many people in Minnesota have gotten the virus because of Trump rallies?
MM: Have you been to a rally? You come on with us to a rally, and we’ll show you, we give out masks. We have a number of people–
JT: They don’t wear them.
MM: Well, it’s a free society. You’re not wearing one right now, Jake.
JT: There is literally nobody in this room. There is literally not one person in this studio.
MM: So you’re saying that you always wear a mask wherever you go. Come on, Jake. The American people know that’s not true. I know it’s not true.
JT: I wear a mask except when I am here, in my office, and home. That is true. 100 percent. I wear a mask when I walk in the hallway at CNN.
Note to preznits: Please don’t stick yer chiefs-of-staff in front of a camera. They don’t belong there.