Trump recently announced his pick for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death; Neil Gorsuch from Colorado. As expected, he’s looking like a pretty traditional, regressive conservative. If confirmed, he would bring back the conservative majority to the Supreme Court, a chilling thought for the future of American progressive policies. If you’re reading this article, it probably means you aren’t too psyched on that either. Let’s break down some of his views.
For starters, he would be the youngest judge currently serving on the Supreme Court at only 49 years old, essentially guaranteeing that his all-powerful opinion would most likely be around for decades to come.
In terms of his views on popular social issues, he’s pretty uniformly swinging to the right. He is staunchly pro-life, wrote a book that maligned medically-assisted suicide/euthanasia and ruled on a case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in which he took an opinion that businesses shouldn’t have to give contraceptives to their employees, citing “religious freedom” as a justification.
In terms of LGBTQ rights, you can probably guess where he stands. He opposes marriage equality and joined a 2015 opinion that an Oklahoma incarcerated trans woman shouldn’t be able to gain access to gender-affirming hormones and feminine clothing.
Finally, in terms of alarming dredged up facts, Gorsuch founded a club entitled “Fascism Forever Club” at Georgetown Preparatory School, an elite all-boys prep school he attended. He headed the club until he graduated in 1985. The description of the club in the school’s yearbook read, “In political circles, our tireless President Gorsuch’s ‘Fascism Forever Club’ happily jerked its knees against the increasingly ‘left-wing’ tendencies of the faculty.” In the photo for his club, Gorsuch is seen holding Up from Liberalism, famous conservative intellectual William F. Buckley’s seminal 1959 book for the right-wing movement.
The one potential silver lining in this cloudy storm lies in his foggy opinion on legal marijuana. In a 2015 Colorado case he ruled on, he seemed to sympathize with a weed dispensary attempting to pay less taxes and invoking the Fifth Amendment to protect themselves from self-incrimination. Gorsuch mentioned “mixed messages the federal government is sending these days about the distribution of marijuana.”
Well, there you have it. Most signs here point to Neil Gorsuch not having a majority of Americans’ best interests at heart when judged by his beliefs. Time to start calling the government!