I don’t trust Justice Army Barrett Coney ~ by Paul Ikechukwu Njoku
I decided to briefly write on this topic simply because the United States of America is the birth of Constitutional Democracy, Federalism, Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
In other words, any careless inappropriation and democratic deficit, would certainly affect the World institutions as the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, remains a dictatorial character and pernicious racist who represents undemocratic personality traits as an American President in history.
Few days ago, President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Nigerian former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iwuala, to become the boss of World Trade Organization (WTO) even when China and the rest of the world have endorsed her based on her utter and overwhelmed qualification for the job as evident in her curriculum vitae
Mr. Trump is an unapologetic racist hence the rejection of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala but God in His infinite divinity endorses her till tomorrow.
However, back to the main topic of this article. Following the confirmation and swearing-in of Mrs. Amy Coney Barrett as the USA Supreme Court Judge, many quarters including my humble self, doubt her objectivity as she was recommended and endorsed by President Trump.
Yes, the US Senate has already confirmed her as the 9th Justice of the United States of America Supreme Court followed by her success in a four (4) day confirmation hearing in the Senate since Monday, October 12, 2020.
At the confirmation hearing which had in attendance, Senator Lindsay Graham, the Senate Chairman on Judiciary and Senator Dianne Feinsten, also a Senate Judiciary ranking Member, saw each Senator having twenty (20) minutes each to ask Barrett questions which centered mainly on abortion, gay marriage and gun laws!
Although, she successfully secured a 52 “YES” to 48 “NO” confirmation votes in the Senate to get through her nomination as a USA Supreme Court Judge due to the fact that Republican Senators are in majority in the Senate and not by the moral support of the American people.
Her appointment is seen as a victory for President Donald Trump ahead of next week’s November 3, 2023 Presidential Election. She was formally Sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts for the Lifetime job amidst cognitive doubts.
This “LIFETIME JOB” implies that Justice Amy Coney Barrett, will remain a Judge of the USA SUPREME COURT till her death as it is a practice in the USA.
Supreme Court Justices in the United States have no service limit even upon retirement and this is for so many factors best known to them.
Her appointment seals a 6 – 3 Conservative Majority in the USA SUPREME COURT Bench.
The 48 year Old Justice Amy Coney Barrett is the youngest ever Justice of the USA SUPREME COURT at the moment.
Married for twenty-One (21) years with Seven (7) Children including the adopted, John Peters, from Haiti made her the first mother of School age children to join the Apex Court.
Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden, describes Barrett’s appointment as “RUSHED AND UNPRECEDENTED” and I deeply agree with him. I do not trust her objectivity.
At the confirmation hearing, Amy Coney Barrett, said that Judges must be guided by the philosophy of “ORIGINALISM” which supposedly means that Judges are required to interpret the constitution as it was “ORIGINALLY” intended by the authors.
More so, I still do not understand what she meant by saying that courts are not designed to solve every political issue or right every wrong in public life!
In my view, she would certainly become a stooge to Donald Trump who nominated her.
Critics like me fear that Barrett’s confirmation will favour the Republicans in sensitive cases.
Justice Amy could face several politically charged cases in her first days on the job.
Amy Barrett replaced the late Liberal Icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aged 87 and who died in September 2020, from Pancreatic Cancer after serving for twenty-One (21) years in the Bench.
Cases awaiting adjudication include a Trump-backed challenge to the affordable health care”, otherwise known as OBAMACARE.
Supreme court could also be asked to intervene in election disputes that may arise after the November 3, 2020 Presidential election.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, was an Appeal Court Judge after a long career in academic life.
I doubt her impartiality even as she said that her Catholic Church faith would not influence her work as a Justice of the USA Supreme Court.