Cryin' Chuck Schumer Calls Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation "One of the Darkest Days." Such as...Pearl Harbor? 9/11?
"Today...will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231 year history of the United States Senate." That's how Cryin' Chuck Schumer began his long, eloquent speech on the floor of the Senate objecting to Judge Barrett's confirmation. What he lacked in truth, he more than made up for in boredom and repetitiveness.
He went on to say, "And let the record show that the American people, their lives and rights and freedoms, will suffer the consequences of this nomination for a generation." He even had the audacity to call the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett "this sordid chapter in the history of the Senate." The only sordid recent events have the been the content revealed on Hunter Biden's laptop and in Ashley Biden's diary.
But what really caused my ears to perk up was at the very end of his speech when he again repeated, "Monday, October 26th, 2020 will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231 year history of the United States Senate."
America has weathered many dark days in her history. Today was not one of them.
It was the darkness of King George III's "repeated injuries and usurpations" that propelled us into becoming a nation in the first place. All one ever hears is, "No taxation without representation" and "Boston Harbor, a teapot tonight" but it was much worse than that.
Just a brief selection of the King's crimes from The Declaration of Independence includes the following:
That is true darkness. That is what Senator Schumer compared the confirmation of Justice Barrett with today.
Or does he compare the confirmation of one of the most qualified, highly-regarded judges to the dark day when Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, was shot in Ford Theater?
Does he compare it to the "date which shall live in infamy," December 7th, 1941 when "the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan"?
Or does he dare to have the temerity to compare it to September 11th, 2001, the darkest day in my memory of this nation? Perhaps our last united day when Congress raised their voices to sing God Bless America together as one body.
Yes, America and the Senate has had many dark days.
Today wasn't one of them.
Today is a day of light, of rejoicing, most importantly, of justice.
As President Trump said in his speech preceding Judge Barrett's taking the oath of office, "This is a momentous day for America. For the United States Constitution and for the fair and impartial rule of Law."
He went on to say, "The Constitution is the ultimate defense of Americans' liberty. The faithful application of the law is the cornerstone of our republic. That is why as President, I have no more solemn obligation and no greater honor than to appoint Supreme Court Justices."
Like the great patriot (and history nerd) that he is, President Trump went on to say, "The equal, impartial and Constitutional Rule of Law that we enjoy every day in America, is one of the crowning achievements in the history of human civilization. It is the triumph of reason, experience and the values that are eternal and everlasting. Our devotion to this inheritance is what has made America the most just, exceptional and glorious nation ever to exist.
"I want every American child watching to understand that this is a very special and important ceremony. We are fulfilling the duty that passes to each new generation to sustain the national traditions and virtues that make possible everything we have achieved...Because of our Constitution and our culture of Freedom, you live in a land where anything is possible and any dream can come true...In America, everyone is entitled to equal protection under our laws. And your sacred rights can never, ever be taken away.
"The march of Liberty that began with the American Revolution continues on this evening. Tonight at the White House, we carry forward the cause of Freedom, Equality and Justice for which so many generations of Americans have given so much.....We must never take this radiant inheritance foregranted."
Then he charged Justice Barrett with her duty: "Justice Barrett, as you take your oath tonight, the legacy of our ancestors falls to you. The American people put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws, our Constitution and this country that we all love. We ask God to give you wisdom and courage. I know you will make us all very, very proud as long as we are loyal to our founding and to our fellow citizens, America's future will be bright, America's destiny will be great and America's people will always and forever be free."
Then, with the lack of fanfair so typically American, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in with one hand on the family Bible and the other raised as Justice Clarence Thomas led her in the oath.
In her "thank you" speech, Amy was so gracious, pointing out that it would be a dereliction of a Senator's duty to not "pursue her policy preferences." For a judge, it's exactly the opposite. In that way, she extended an olive branch to Senator Schumer he did not have the grace to extend to her.
She ended with the words, "I will do my job without any fear or favor...I will do so independently of both of the political branches and of my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it establishes and I will devote myself to preserving it. Thank you."
She loves the Constitution as do we, considering it almost as inspired as the Holy Bible.
As the band played God Bless America and This Is My Country, we wish God's blessing on our new Supreme Court Associate Justice Barrett, her husband Jesse and their children. May she judge wisely and fairly for many decades to come.
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