In a campaign event in Austin, Texas, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared he would only nominate Supreme Court judges who are in favor of abortions up to birth.
Sanders believes there is a constitutional right to abortion up to birth.
“My promise to you is I will never nominate anybody to the Supreme Court or the federal bench who is not 100 percent pro-Roe. v Wade,” Sanders stated, alluding to the Supreme Court case that nationalized abortion.
On the other hand, President Donald Trump has put dozens of solid conservative judges on the federal courts, which include pro-life advocates.
According to Steven Ertelt of Life Site News, Trump’s faithfulness in nominating conservatives to the bench has been praised by pro-lifers.
Melissa Clement of Nevada Right to Life salutes Trump for keeping his promise.
“In 2016, a lot of us voted for President Trump solely on the promise of pro-life judges, half expecting the usual bait and switch. I am happy to say we are not waiting until after the next election. Promises made have been kept and will continue,” Clement commented.
Some 47 years ago, the Supreme Court created a right to abortion from whole cloth. With Roe v. Wade (and the accompanying Doe v Bolton), abortion was legalized and legitimized for all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason. Seven judges changed the course of history and, in the process, sentenced more than 60 million unborn Americans – so far – to death,” Clement asserted. “We have made progress in protecting the unborn in many states, but every positive law that protects the unborn and their mothers ends up in front of judges.
“Elections matter. We need good, brave pro-life legislators and we need strict constructionist judges that will not overturn pro-life legislation,” Clement continued.
The pro-life activist believes the president has done a great job on his judicial appointments.
“President Donald J. Trump has kept his pro-life promise of nominating solid judges,” she said.
Ertelt noted some of the solid pro-life appointments Trump made:
Some of Trump’s judges include Matthew Walden McFarland, a former member of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, and the pro-life organization Scioto County Right to Life. Fellow nominee Anuraag Hari Singhal, a Florida state judge, is a member of the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal organization, and the Federalist Society. Another nominee, Daniel Mack Traynor, of North Dakota, served as a member of the Thomas More Society and the Christian Legal Society.
Trump’s nominations of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have also received praise.
One of the highlights of the Trump administration has been his judicial nominees which have brought back rule of law into the courts.
More importantly, it’s kept radical judicial activism in check.
Conservatives should be grateful that they have a president in Donald Trump that is willing to appoint judges that will not turn the judiciary into another legislative branch.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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