One served for decades as the leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal block.
They worked to enact a sweeping left-wing agenda.
And Americans were shocked to learn this Supreme Court Justice just passed away.
Justice John Paul Stevens passed away at the age of 99.
President Gerald Ford appointed Stevens to the Supreme Court in 1975.
Stevens began his time on the bench as a typical pre-Reagan Rockefeller style RINO.
But as the years went on, Stevens morphed into a down the line leftist.
In the last year Stevens authored a controversial New York Times op-ed proposing repealing the Second Amendment.
In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.
That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.
In addition, Stevens also spoke out against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation claiming Kavanaugh’s statements during his confirmation hearings left him with too many conflicts of interest.
“They suggest that he has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities,” Justice Stevens said before an audience of retirees last October. “And I think there is merit in that criticism and that the senators should really pay attention to it.”
“For the good of the court,” Stevens continued, “it’s not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job.”
Stevens – as well as Justice David Souter – are one of the biggest reasons conservatives put such an emphasis on Supreme Court nominations.
Republicans used to nominate “stealth” nominees that had no paper trail on controversial issues so Democrats did not smear these nominees in the same manner Ted Kennedy and others brought down Robert Bork’s nomination with lies and character assassination.
President Trump took these lessons to heart and released a list of proven conservative jurists from which he would choose Supreme Court nominees from.
That pledge was enough to win Trump the support of the conservative base during the 2016 election.
President Trump rewarded that faith with not just the appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but also a record number of federal judges to the district and circuit courts.
The next Supreme Court nomination promises to be the biggest fight yet.
Depending on whose seat opens up, it could provide President Trump the chance to cement a six to three conservative majority that could stand for over a generation.
Do you support Donald Trump’s selection of conservative Supreme Court justices?