On April 7, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate to become the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court. Gorsuch has been the source of a huge political controversy for some time. Most Republicans see his confirmation as a moment of triumph for the Trump administration while most Democrats see Gorsuch as a major setback.
But is Gorsuch really not cut out for the job like Democrats claim?
Maybe this is less about Neil Gorsuch and more about the political divide the two-party system has brought into our nation. In fact, I believe it is so.
There are three main points concerning Gorsuch and our current government power struggle necessary to elaborate on how the two-party system is currently working in our country:
1. Democrats voted for Gorsuch in 2006.
Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush, in which all members of the Senate at the time confirmed him with no real objection. This is important. In fact, it speaks volumes.
“Back in 2006, when Gorsuch was nominated by then-President George W. Bush to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, he was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate — which at the time included Sen. Schumer,” reports Media Research Center, “along with former senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and John Kerry.”
This basically means that at one point in time, most, if not all, Democrats had no real issue with Gursuch. So what changed? Why do they no longer like him as a candidate?
The Democrats view President Trump as a serious threat, since he was the one to defeat Hillary Clinton in the election
2. Gorsuch is only 49 years old.
I think this is a major political stratagem, as those that sit in a seat of the Supreme Court serve for life. It will allow Gorsuch to have a greater chance to produce a longer influence on the Supreme Court.
Basically, Trump has allowed for Republicans to make a bigger impact in the government by putting Gorsuch in this position of power. This is a major setback for Democrats because they now once again are forced to take another step backwards in the fight for power.
So what does this look like for the two-party system? Republicans continue to grow in power, so it is becoming easier and easier to strong-arm Democrats in most issues. President Trump will most likely only be President for this one term. He could be easily replaced in four years.
But Neil Gorsuch? No, he will be in power until he dies. He has now been made a major Republican pawn in this government chess match.
3. The 1,030 seats
“That sobering number is the total of all of the seats — including Congress, state legislatures, and governorships — lost by the Democratic Party over Obama’s two terms,” reported The Daily Wire.
Democrats have been losing more and more power over the past decade. The two-party system has left us with a constant power struggle that paves political upset for the losing party.
I believe we are currently witnessing the greatest fall of the Democratic party in the history of its political existence.
“Democratic U.S. Senate seats fell from 55 to 46. Their share of the House plummeted from 256 seats to 194. Republicans still control both chambers going into the next session,” reported Fox News. “Democratic governorships also became a rarity during this eight-year period, slipping from 28 to 16.”
Although I identify more conservatively, I can still see the disharmony of our government due to the two-party system. Yes, things have happened that are in favor of my values, and no, I am not opposed to Neil Gorsuch being appointed as a SCOTUS.
Gorsuch is someone both Republicans and Democrats have deemed worthy at various times, and it is a shame that most Democrats outright oppose him just because he’s affiliated with Trump.