The Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its first week of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett today. The committee will vote next Thursday on whether to advance Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate.
Judge Barrett’s answers to questions from Senators over the past four days demonstrate her extensive knowledge of the law and our Constitution. A few exchanges in particular reveal why she would be an important addition to the Supreme Court:
- Americans deserve an independent Court: “I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written,” she said.
- The rule of law is sacred: Judge Barrett was asked why she accepted President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court. “If we are to protect our institutions, and protect the freedoms, and protect the rule of law that’s the basis for the society and the freedom that we all enjoy—if we want that for our children and our children’s children—then we need to participate in that work.”
- Judges shouldn’t be pundits: Each day this week, Senate Democrats tried to force Judge Barrett to share her personal political opinions. “I don’t think we want judges to be legal pundits. I think we want judges to approach cases thoughtfully, with an open mind,” she said.
- Decisions must be based in law: “When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how I would view the decision if one of my children was the party that I was ruling against,” Judge Barrett said. “Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in law?”
- People of faith can serve: Democrats and leftwing pundits suggest that Judge Barrett can’t be impartial because of her deeply held Catholic faith. Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Barrett if she would be able to set aside any personal beliefs in deciding the cases that come before her. “I can. I have done that in my time on the Seventh Circuit,” she said. “If I stay on the Seventh Circuit, I’ll continue to do that. If I’m confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will do that still.”
This week’s hearings confirm what Americans already knew: Amy Coney Barrett is exceptionally qualified to sit on our Supreme Court. She has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to upholding our Constitution as written—and not legislating from the bench.
Most important, she will serve the American people with honor, distinction, and tremendous character on our Supreme Court.
A RealClear Opinion poll released at the end of September revealed that parents with children in school increasingly—and overwhelmingly—favor the concept of school choice. More than 2,000 registered voters were asked this question:
“Recent federal legislation gave governors new funding they can use for K-12 education. Some governors have let families control the funds for the purchase of education technology and materials, private school tuition, and home education. Would you support or oppose your governor sending the funding directly to families and allowing them to choose how to use those funds to support their child’s education?”
Seventy-eight percent of public school parents and 79% of non-public school parents supported that statement.
As families today struggle with school situations that aren’t meeting their children’s learning needs, options have suddenly become necessary for many parents, especially low-income and single parents. If their zoned public schools aren’t working for their children or families, Oregon parents should get a kind of “money-back Continue reading
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents now find themselves adding the position of “teacher” to their LinkedIn profiles. According to a recent Gallup poll, 1 in 10 American families are now officially homeschooling. Many more are supplementing the school system’s online programs with additional learning in the home or with “pandemic pods.”
What has become abundantly clear through this unconventional year of education is that a “one size fits all” education cannot be the policy of the future. Parents have had a closeup view of the quality of their children’s education. Many now see the need for change. In fact, 44% of public school families are considering making changes to how their children learn this fall, according to a September poll by Heart + Mind Strategies.
My family is the perfect example of why choice is the best policy of the future, especially during this period of distance learning. My mother homeschooled four children for religious and quality reasons, two of us all the way through high school. Each of our K-12 educations looked dramatically different and utilized various online classes, tutors, and private education; but they led each of us on our own unique paths to success.
This flexibility allowed us to dive deeply into our interests and to structure our learning in a way that enabled each of us to thrive. However, my point is not to advertise the benefits of homeschooling, but rather, to emphasize the uniqueness of each child’s educational needs. This has been made painstakingly clear by distance learning. Some children are thriving at home with a break from traditional learning. But many are seeing their grades and well-being suffer dramatically by traditional schools’ attempts to teach virtually. In fact, 59% of teens think that online learning is worse than in-person.
Yesterday, Leftist rioters organized an “Indigenous People’s Day of Rage,” publicly warning compliant “journalists” not to photograph or video their conduct—a clear signal that illegal conduct was planned. By 8:38 p.m. last night, the Portland Police Bureau already knew about attempts to destroy at least one statute in the Park Blocks:
The Theodore Roosevelt statute was torn down several minutes later:
By 9:35 p.m., it was reported that the rioters had torn down the Lincoln statute:
As far as the Multnomah County Republican Party can tell, the Police Bureau took no action whatsoever as the rioters attacked the statutes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, and smashed the entire glass front of the Oregon Historical Society and other property. The Oregonian reported that police “did not directly intervene until nearly an hour after the first statue fell”.
“Just who is it among our police and/or City leadership that harbors violent, anti-American views so strong as to stand down and thus enable this conduct?” asks James Buchal, Chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party. “It’s not enough for police to protect their precinct offices and union building. We need them to be protecting all public and private property in Portland.” Continue reading
Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, currently serves on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In her confirmation hearing to that court in 2017, she went through a grueling inquisition from Sen. Diane Feinstein, who said Barrett’s set of Christian convictions “lives loudly in you.” She said it like it was a bad thing, at the same time exposing her own ignorance of the centrality of religious liberty to the Constitution and to America.
But Barrett held up under such scrutiny admirably, and was advanced to the Circuit Court by a comfortable margin. If ultimately advanced to the Supreme Court, Justice Barrett, with her strong convictions, can be expected to help us reclaim a true understanding of our founding document, in part because she actually knows what’s in it, unlike a lot of judges in our system today.
I once heard a lawyer for the ADF (formerly the Alliance Defending Freedom), one of the premier First Amendment law firms in the land, give a speech at a luncheon. He spoke of delivering a lecture at Stanford Law School, one of the top law schools in the country.
In his luncheon remarks, he raised the importance of the Federalist Papers. (Note: The Federalist Papers were written in 1787 and 1788 by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to urge New Yorkers to ratify the just-proposed Constitution. They are an invaluable and indispensable aid to understanding the Constitution. In fact, it is impossible to understand the Constitution without them.) Continue reading
We just learned of a foiled kidnapping attempt against Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer. The news media have been reporting on it non-stop. According to an article from CNN thirteen people were charged Thursday in an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kidnap the Michigan Democratic governor.
Federal and state authorities reported that the alleged scheme included plans to overthrow several state governments that the suspects “believe are violating the US Constitution,” including the government of Michigan and Whitmer.
Although the media has positioned the suspects as “Far-Right wing,” that is inaccurate. They are pure and simply anarchists—not unlike those burning down our cities. They are people intent on taking down a leader or nation in which they disagree.
As we consider this attempted attack against Governor Whitmer, let’s rewind over the last three and a half years as numerous well-known individuals have made public threats to kill or harm the president and overthrow the Trump administration simply because they didn’t agree with him and became enraged:
Kathy Griffin was pictured holding what appeared to be the decapitated, bloody head of President Trump.
Those who have lived a long time have done a lot, seen a lot – and can teach us a lot. And that’s certainly true when it comes to investing.
Consider some of the lessons you might learn from experienced investors:
• Regulate your emotions. In the investment world, there’s always something coming at us that could sound scary: political flashpoints, economic news, and even those once-in-a-generation occurrences, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. But older people may take these events in stride; in fact, baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945) are coping better emotionally with the impacts of COVID-19 than younger age cohorts, according to the 2020 Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study. And by keeping control of your emotions, you may be less likely to make moves such as selling quality investments with good fundamentals just because their prices have fallen in the midst of an overall market decline.
• Learn from experience. By definition, the older we get, the more experiences we will have. And most people do indeed learn from experience. Investors, too, benefit from having seen and done things before. Did you chase a “hot” stock only to have found it cooled off before you bought it? Did you buy too many of the same type of investments, only to see your portfolio take a bigger hit during a downturn than it would have if you had diversified? In the investment arena, as in most walks of life, patterns emerge, and once you learn to recognize them, you can learn from past mistakes.
• Know yourself. When we reach a certain age, most of us know ourselves pretty well. But you don’t have to wait decades to gain this knowledge – at least not when it comes to investing. For example, you should quickly gain a good sense of your ability to withstand risk. How? Just consider how you react when the market declines sharply. If you find yourself Continue reading
The regional government plans to borrow money to implement its new income taxes.
Hardly a week goes by that Metro isn’t reaching into your pocketbook or getting deeper in debt. This week, Metro will move forward on issuing $28 million in bonds.
Why does Metro need to borrow $28 million? There are two reasons.
First, Metro needs the money because that’s how much it’s going to cost to set up its new system to collect TWO new income taxes that go into effect in the New Year.
We warned you it would be expensive to implement two new taxes on short order. But, even we had no idea it would cost a whopping $28 million. It takes a lot of money to take a lot of money.
Believe it or not, the second reason is even worse. Metro is out of money. Continue reading
Recently a friend posted on Facebook showing V.P. Pence speaking at a prayer rally at Washington, DC, on September 26th describing it as “Disgusting” and then claiming the gathering of over 100,000 was no more than a political, white supremacy rally in support of Trump. With all the violent riots happening across the country labeled as peaceful, I was floored this prayer event could be seen as disgusting?!
I was not sure how to respond. Unfortunately, in our society right now being white and an evangelical Christian is not very popular and we’re encouraged to stay quiet. Although I agree all of us need to be slower to speak and quicker to listen, now is not the time to cower or act timid about our beliefs. I think we approach each situation carefully with prayer.
I do not begin to say I have all the answers, nor do any of us. We might disagree on certain matters, but I think we should use these disagreements as a time to learn from each other, not let them cause a divide. Although I am very blessed, I did not come from a pampered, white privileged background.
I am a good portion American Indian. My parents and grandparents came through extreme poverty and adverse conditions. This country is made up of gut-wrenching stories and incredible testimonies on all sides. We are all in this together. Respecting and supporting Persons of Color (POC) should not mean feeling guilty and remaining quiet. Continue reading
Democratic Party has been taken over by radical leftists, who no longer hide their support for a violent takeover of the country for the cause of yet another Marxist utopia. If Trump wins in November, there will be incessant riots, we are told. If Trump doesn’t win, we can likely say good-bye to many Constitutional freedoms, including the first two amendments.
I want to share my perspective as someone who grew up under communist regime in Poland, studied its history and philosophy (as required in all University programs) and saw it fall in 1989 under the political pressure and the weight of its own contradictions and inefficiency.
First, when I came to the US in September 1989, just weeks before the Berlin Wall was taken down, I was convinced that the evil of Marxism has been defeated for good. Election rhetoric surrounding Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 and his eventual ascent to the White House opened my eyes: the radical left are not dead, and no longer confined to the nooks of academia, where their ideas live in peace and quiet, interrupted only by the clunking of Birkenstock-clad professorial feet.
Leftism was and continues to be on the rise in this country, and after a four year long barrage of lies and fabrications aimed at President Trump, it now brought fearmongering on the wave of COVID-19 and widespread shutdowns hurting the economy (booming under Trump), street riots, and fires in the suburbs. A local business property South-East of Portland, owned by a vocal conservative and Republican supporter was damaged by suspected arson, the resulting fire destroying a nearby house and nearly destroying a private music school. The fight has indeed been brought to the suburbs, as we were told. Continue reading