After much anticipation, President Donald Trump has officially announced his administrations pick to fill the vacant seat left by the late Justice Anton Scalia on the Supreme Court.
His name is Neil Gorsuch, a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Short of putting in Scalia's ghost in the vacant seat, conservatives will find that Gorsuch is more than worthy of taking his place. According to sources, Gorsuch is a textualist and originalist in the same vein as his predecessor.
"Judges should instead strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best. As Justice Scalia put it, “if you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong.”
According to Politico, his stances on religious liberties are very solid as well.
Other rulings give conservatives confidence that Gorsuch is a strong supporter of religious freedom rights. Last September, he joined a dissent arguing that requirements for contraception coverage in Obamacare ran roughshod over the rights of religious non-profits.
Gorsuch also wrote a 2000 law journal article and a 2006 book arguing strongly against assisted-suicide laws. The practice of allowing the terminally ill to end their lives is now legal in six states and is on the verge of being legalized in Washington, D.C.
All in all, Trump could not have picked a more suitable nominee to take Scalia's place.
In fact, Scalia may have wanted it this way...